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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING DESIGN
Edited by: B. Kumar, I.A. MacLeod, A. Retik
Techniques for the Management of Information Flow in Building Design
S.A. Austin, A.N. Baldwin, T. Hassan and A.J. Newton
Department of Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom
S.A. Austin, A.N. Baldwin, T. Hassan, A.J. Newton, "Techniques for the Management of Information Flow in Building Design", in B. Kumar, I.A. MacLeod, A. Retik, (Editors), "Information Technology in Civil and Structural Engineering Design", Inverleith Spottiswoode, Edinburgh, UK, pp 119-123, 1996.
This paper describes new approaches to the management of the building design process, with a focus on management of design information flow between the client and the members of the design team (architect, structural engineer, quantity surveyor etc.).
Four techniques for the management of information flow are considered: data flow diagrams; matrix analysis; design programmes; and simulation. An outline of each of these is presented together with an overview of current research directions. The application of computers and IT is an essential element with all the methods, due to the complex nature of the design process.
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