The Role of Scheduling in Computer Integrated Construction

by Richard K. Faris,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Preparing for Construction in the 21st Century


Engineering and construction firms are showing a growing interest in computer integrated construction because they recognize the increased productivity and quality that can be obtained by electronically linking all phases of the project like cycle. The increased power, availability, and affordability of information technology in the next decade will allow an unprecedented integration of information during a project's duration. This integration cannot be achieved through technology alone, however. It will also require some fundamental changes in the methods currently used in engineering and construction to assign and accomplish work. Only then can data be integrated. This paper discusses how project scheduling will affect the integration of engineering and construction data. Current planning and scheduling methods must change to allow this integration. Some specific ways that scheduling must change will be presented at the end of the paper.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Construction companies | Construction methods | Computer aided operations | Productivity | Construction industry | Scheduling | Information Technology (IT)

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