Emerging ICT-Based Methods in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Context

Emerging ICT-Based Methods in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Context

M. Reza Hosseini (School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Australia) and Nicholas Chileshe (School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Australia)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch698
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Background

The driving forces pushing AEC sector towards adopting ICT have roots in various realities dominating the business environment. These include but not limited to the fierce competition between corporations to tap into global markets, the trend of globalisation and attempts to overcome the lifelong issues of AEC sector such as low performance through deploying technological innovations. In summary, the main reasons behind the interest of AEC practitioners to adopt ICT come from three main grounds:

  • 1.

    The trend of globalisation.

  • 2.

    Specific idiosyncrasies of the AEC context.

  • 3.

    Proven advantages of ICT.

Key Terms in this Chapter

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

Information Communication Technology: ( ICT): any technology or product associated with storing, retrieving, manipulating, transmitting, or receiving information electronically in a digital nature.

Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC): those sectors of the construction industry that provide the services on the architectural design, engineering design and construction services.

Global Virtual Engineering Teams (GVETs): teams in which members might be scattered around the globe and have to coordinate their common tasks via ICT-based mediums.

Building Information Modelling (BIM): an ICT-based approach that entails integrating and maintaining a digital representation of all the information concerning a construction project during the whole lifecycle of the project in a data repository form.

ICT in the AEC Context: 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 industry in the AEC context.

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