Classifying Constructability Information

by Eric J. Hanlon, The Pennsylvania State Univ, University Park, United States,
Victor E. Sanvido, The Pennsylvania State Univ, University Park, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


Integration of constructability information in the early stages of a project is known to provide significant savings opportunities for cost and schedule. One critical part of such a program is the organization and maintenance of the construction information to be considered. This paper proposes a generic classification system to support efficient and effective execution of that process. The classification system is developed as an information model organized by system and component to enable consistency with product models for a future integrated information architecture. A prototype application is proposed for practical implementation of the classification system via a multimedia database. The system design utilizes current technology in a manner reproducible by innovative companies. Queries to such an application enable constructability assessment for system and component design as well as construction method selection.

Subject Headings: Constructability | Information systems | Construction methods | Architecture | Databases | Computing in civil engineering | Project management | Construction costs

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