Applying Collaborative Engineering to the Facility Delivery Process: A Testbed Demonstration.
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
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Researchers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratories USACERL have been developing a collaborative engineering CE software environment to enable sharing of design information as it is created and refined during the facility design and construction process. Improved information sharing capabilities and conflict management during collaborative design enables a team to resolve design issues and conflicts earlier in design development, resulting in an improved facility design, fewer errors and omissions, and better interdisciplinary coordination of design goals and building systems. An integrated information model to bridge the gap between product and process information for a construction project not only encourages those involved in construction to use and add to design information, but also provides richer information representation, better efficiency and data consistency, and the flexibility to support life-cycle information management. An important part of the CE research program at USACERL is the development of an integrated information model that allows agents to communicatecollaborate over the life cycle of the project. This report presents a CE environment that was developed to support collaboration among design and construction agents. Lessons learned during this case study will be used to reengineer the facility delivery process using a CE approach.
- Administration and Management
- Computer Programming and Software