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Paper w78-2011-Paper-23:
A new approach to reusing construction firmís management information

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M Zhiliang

A new approach to reusing construction firmís management information

Abstract:Nowadays most construction firms have begun to use information management systems in their business to work more efficiently. At the same time, a lot of management information is being accumulated and some of the legacy information can be reused to support decision-making. Up to now, the legacy information has not been reused so effectively in construction firms as expected. This paper introduces in an integrated way a new approach to reusing construction firmís legacy management information, which is based on BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology. In the paper, the current approaches are reviewed first, and then the framework of the new approach is described. Next, the key issues and the corresponding techniques of the new approach are clarified. Finally, a prototype system developed for the new approach and its application are demonstrated. It is concluded that the new approach can be used in construction firms to better reuse the legacy management information.

Keywords:Construction firms, Legacy management information, Information reuse, BIM

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