Advanced ICT Methodologies (AIM) in the Construction Industry

Advanced ICT Methodologies (AIM) in the Construction Industry

M. Reza Hosseini (Deakin University, Australia), Saeed Banihashemi (University of Technology Sydney, Australia), Fahimeh Zaeri (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand) and Alireza Adibfar (University of Florida, USA)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2255-3.ch047

Abstract

This chapter aims at introducing available cutting edge methodologies applicable to construction activities. To this end, the chapter brings information about different cutting-edge methodologies under one cover. The content of the chapter is designed for readers who might not be specialists in ICT-oriented techniques while working within any domain of the construction industry. In the classroom, this chapter could be a supplementary source for courses on information systems in construction or lean project delivery.
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Background

The driving forces pushing the construction industry towards adopting AIM for the most part have roots in two main categories of drivers. These include the efficiency needed to proactively addressing internal process problems facing the industry alongside pressures from the external environment (Cao et al., 2014). In essence, the main reasons behind the interest of construction practitioners to adopt advanced ICT methods come from three main grounds under two categories:

  • 1.

    External pressure

    • a.

      Fierce competition of globalisation (external pressure)

    • b.

      New requirements of projects (external pressure)

  • 2.

    Internal problems

    • a.

      Advantages of advanced ICT methodologies (efficiency needed to address internal problems)

Key Terms in this Chapter

ICT: Stands for information communication technology and concerns any technology or product associated with storing, retrieving, manipulating, transmitting, or receiving information electronically in a digital nature.

Innovation: Innovations for the construction context represent the profitable developments and implementation of novel ideas, procedures, products, and practices geared towards enhancing organisational performance.

Construction Industry: The term represents architecture, engineering, and construction i.e. all sectors that provide architectural design, engineering design and construction services.

ICT in the Construction Context: This covers goods (such as office software suite and communication equipment), services and management (such as telecommunication including transmission and display) adopted to generate growth and improve productivity in the construction context.

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