How do Integration and Data Models Add Value to a Project?

by Martin Fischer, Terman Engineering Cent, Stanford, United States,
Thomas Froese, Terman Engineering Cent, Stanford, United States,
Douglas Phan, Terman Engineering Cent, Stanford, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering

Abstract: Integration has been at the forefront of research agendas of universities and restructuring efforts of companies in the past few years. However, we are still lacking a common understanding of what integration is. Maybe more importantly, there is little discussion and evidence of the value integration adds to a project. Integration is generally seen as good per se. However, the somewhat slow transformation from the current fragmented project delivery process to a more integrated process seems to belie that assumption. This paper identifies current ways of organizing projects, the traditional value adding process, and accounting systems in place today as the major barriers to the implementation of more integrated project delivery systems. If we are not able to overcome these barriers it will be difficult to measure the value and justify the adoption of integration technology in the AEC industry.

Subject Headings: Value engineering | Data processing | Systems engineering | Project delivery | Structural engineering

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