Implementation feasibility of a digital nervous system for the construction industry: for efficient and effective information management across the project lifecycle

Retana, Rexter and Saleeb, Noha ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8509-1508 (2016) Implementation feasibility of a digital nervous system for the construction industry: for efficient and effective information management across the project lifecycle. Healthy Buildings: Innovation, Design & Technology, ICAT 2016: Conference Proceedings of the 6th International Congress of Architectural Technology, University of Alicante 12-14 May 2016. In: 6th International Congress on Architectural Technology (ICAT 2016), 12-14 May 2016, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain. ISBN 9788416724109. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract

The construction industry has long been hailed as highly fragmented and non-collaborative industry. This fragmentation sprouted from complex and unstructured traditional coordination processes and information exchanges amongst all parties involved in a construction project. This nature coupled with risk and uncertainty has pushed clients and their supply chain to search for new ways of improving their business process to deliver better quality and high performing product. This research will closely investigate the need to implement a Digital Nervous System (DNS), analogous to a biological nervous system, on the flow and management of digital information across the project lifecycle. This will be through direct examination of the key processes and information produced in a construction project and how a DNS can provide a well-integrated flow of digital information throughout the project lifecycle. This research will also investigate how a DNS can create a tight digital feedback loop that enables the organisation to sense, react and adapt to changing project conditions. A Digital Nervous System is a digital infrastructure that provides a well-integrated flow of digital information to the right part of the organisation at the right time. It provides the organisation with the relevant and up-to-date information it needs, for critical project issues, to aid in near real-time decision-making. Previous literature review and survey questionnaires were used in this research to collect and analyse data about information management problems of the industry – e.g. disruption and discontinuity of digital information flow due to interoperability issues, disintegration/fragmentation of the adopted digital solutions and paper-based transactions. Results analysis revealed efficient and effective information management requires the creation and implementation of a DNS.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 27979
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Depositing User: Noha Saleeb
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2019 15:42
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2019 18:22
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27979

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