Construction Process Knowledge Model to Assist Method Selection—Research in Progress

by M. G. Syal, Pennsylvania State Univ, University Park, PA, United States,
J. H. Willenbrock, Pennsylvania State Univ, University Park, PA, United States,
F. Grobler, Pennsylvania State Univ, University Park, PA, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Preparing for Construction in the 21st Century


The project planning stage is a very critical stage in the construction project development and delivery phase of the lifecycle of a building project. This stage creates the framework upon which most of the construction decisions are made. Despite its importance, most construction organizations go through this stage in an arbitrary fashion. This problem becomes crucial for construction firms that build small to medium size building projects, where no one is typically assigned the responsibility for construction project planning. The main objective of this research effort is to define the construction process knowledge input required for the selection of construction methods and resources with emphasis placed on small to medium size building projects and associated construction firms. This selection process controls the formulation of project activities and subsequently controls the scheduling logic and the duration and cost estimation of activities. A generic model for the construction process knowledge, in the targeted domain, will be developed and applied to one of the design elements of a residential building project.

Subject Headings: Project management | Construction methods | Construction companies | Building design | Residential construction | Building management | Construction management | Life cycles

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