Issues in Computer Based Design/Construction Integration

by C. Hendrickson, Carnegie Mellon Univ, United States,
M. L. Maher, Carnegie Mellon Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Excellence in the Constructed Project


Design and construction processes are widely regarded as too splintered for industry effectiveness. By improving communication and process integration, reduced costs and improved facilities should be attainable. An important new development encouraging integration is the increased effectiveness and reduced cost of computer aids. As both designers and construction engineers use computer aids more extensively, the introduction of integrated computer based environments becomes increasingly attractive to improve communication among different professionals and organizations. In this paper, we review some current integration efforts, some new technologies useful in such integration efforts and some fundamental technical issues in implementing integrated systems.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Computer aided design | Professional development | Business organizations | Professional societies | Construction industry | Integrated systems | Construction management

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