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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR CIVIL & STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping and A.I. Khan
Concurrent Construction Integrated Design
B. Jones* and M.J. Riley+
*Department of Building, University of Brighton, Sussex, England
B. Jones, M.J. Riley, "Concurrent Construction Integrated Design", in B.H.V. Topping, A.I. Khan, (Editors), "Information Technology for Civil & Structural Engineers", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 53-60, 1993. doi:10.4203/ccp.14.4.3
Keywords: Construction Integrated Design(CID), Computer Integrated Construction (CIC), Project Modelling System (PMS), Knowledge Based Expert Systems(KBES), Knowledge Based Engineering, 3D CAD, Blackboard Architecture, Object-Oriented Programming, Concurrent Modelling..
This paper explores the possibilities that now exist for construction experts to develop solutions concurrent with architecture and engineering experts. Advances in design technology and research efforts in knowledge based engineering, are leading to cultural changes in the whole project environment. This paper proposes that to develop construction professionals who can manage these changes and have enough vision to benefit fully from what is on offer, then many behavioural, organizational and institutional barriers have to be overcome. The reader is presented with an overview of the components involved in a solution generation conceptual model with references to some of the research in these areas which views, three dimensional computer aided design, databases that allow two-way flow of information between all project participants, a knowledge capture system and a solution generation architecture. A conceptual model framework is proposed which will allow concurrent construction integrated design that draws on knowledge captured from Architect, Engineer and Construction (AEC) experts. The main focus of this paper is directed to the Project Modelling System (PMS), which is the main contractors system that views graphical and non-graphical design output and then builds solutions, regarding major criteria such as construction method; resource requirements; cost engineering implications; time to construct; engineering and technology systems required to construct the facility; construction management organization and control mechanisms; the output from the PMS then forms the basic information used by the management construction team based in the field.
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