Factors Affecting the Transfer of Expert Systems Technology

by Jesus M. De La Garza, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and State, Univ, Blacksburg, United States,
Panagiotis Mitropoulos, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and State, Univ, Blacksburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Preparing for Construction in the 21st Century


Increased complexity of facilities, owners' changing needs, inadequate construction methods, and international competition have created strong demands for advanced construction technology. Recent developments in computer technologies provide the Architecture-Engineering-Construction (AEC) industry with significant potential for innovation. However, adoption of these technologies by a majority of AEC firms faces many hurdles. This paper describes, refines, and expands the process of technology transfer in an organization. Understanding the technology transfer process, recognizing its players, and identifying the critical factors affecting it will lead to practical recommendations for increasing the rate of construction innovation and technology transfer.

Subject Headings: Construction methods | Construction industry | Competition | Architecture | Industries | Systems engineering | Innovation | Expert systems

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