||Model based construction process management
||The purpose of this research was to study how the data management of amain contractor can be improved, in order to provide better client value andmore cost-efficient production. The research focused on methods forreengineering the information management using product modelling as anenabling technology. The methods were tested in pilot tests in which thedeveloped cost and value engineering prototype application was used. Thispaper demonstrates an integration of design and production planning basedon the product model approach. The final outcome is that the maincontractor can utilise information coming from designers as input in its owntendering and cost estimation applications.The key methodology used fordescribing the information management process throughout the buildingprocess life-cycle was IDEF0. The analysis of the current process (as-is), inthe form of an IDEF0 model, helped in identifying the main problems ofcurrent practice. The target process (to-be) definition was based on productmodel utilisation and takes into account the possibilities for processreengineering supported by product data technology. One specificrequirement was deemed important in view of the anticipated developmentsin the area of data exchange; the target system should be structured in such away that it could easily be adapted to receive data according to the emergingIndustry Foundation class (IFC) core model schemas. The overall result ofthe research reported in this paper is that the product model approach can beused for a substantially reengineered information management process of amain contractor, especially in design and constructdesign/build typecontracts.
|Year of publication:
Laitinen J (1999).
Model based construction process management. Lacasse M A, Vanier D J (ed.); Information technology in construction, volume 4, ISBN 0-660-17743-9; Vancouver, May 30 - June 3, Canada (ISSN: 2706-6568),