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INFORMATION REPRESENTATION AND DELIVERY IN CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING DESIGN
Edited by: B. Kumar and A. Retik
Construction as a Manufacturing Process
Civil Engineering Department, Leeds University, United Kingdom
A. Crowley, "Construction as a Manufacturing Process", in B. Kumar, A. Retik, (Editors), "Information Representation and Delivery in Civil and Structural Engineering Design", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 85-91, 1996. doi:10.4203/ccp.36.4.3
The paper discusses how Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) may be applied to the construction industry. In this context, the paper will examine the concepts of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) and Lean Production, and question the relevance of these techniques to construction. The objective of the paper is to show that construction can, and should, be viewed as a manufacturing process.
Much of the discussion is derived from the author's work on the Eureka CIMsteel Project - a Pan-European research project concerned with the application of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) technology to the European Constructional Steelwork Industry.
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