Integrated Methodology for Design Management – A Research Project to Improve Design Management for the AEC Industry in Norway

Vegard Knotten1, Fredrik Svalestuen2, Sigmund Aslesen3 & Hege Dammerud4

1Ph.d. Candidate/Design Manager, NTNU/Veidekke Entreprenør AS. P.O.Box 506 Skøyen, N0214 Oslo Norway, Phone +47 21055000, Vegard.Knotten@ntnu.no
2Ph.d. Candidate/Design Manager, NTNU/Veidekke Entreprenør AS. P.O.Box 506 Skøyen, N0214 Oslo Norway, Phone +47 21055000, Fredrik.Svalestuen@veidekke.no
3Development manager, Veidekke Entreprenør AS. P.O.Box 506 Skøyen, N0214 Oslo Norway, Phone +47 21055000, Sigmund.aslesen@veidekke.no
4Project Manager, Veidekke Entreprenør AS. P.O.Box 506 Skøyen, N0214 Oslo Norway, Phone +47 21055000, Hege.dammerud@veidekke.no

Abstract

This paper presents a start of a research project which evaluates the design process as a two dimensional logic, which to some degree happens at the same time - in different phases of the process. The two logics in question are as follows: • The Sequential logic, which is the predictable process where the deliverables from each discipline within the design team are dependent of each other in a serial form. The development of the project thus happens gradually e.g. activity A must be finished before activity B can start. • The Reflective logic, which is a more unpredictable process where the deliverables are interdependent of more than one discipline, in a reciprocal manner. The development of the project will not happen gradually, but more in leaps. Recent developed methods such as “Set-Based Design” and “Set-Based Concurrent Engineering” are methods that have brought Lean thinking into the design process. These methods address the unpredictable with looking at several solutions at the same time and holding back the decision to the last possible moment. Lean Construction has introduced a production perspective to the design process with these methods. However, too much focus on the work flow (like Last Planner™), might shift the focus away from the client(s) needs.

Keywords

Design management, design process, reflective logic, complex process.

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Reference

Knotten, V. , Svalestuen, F. , Aslesen, S. & Dammerud, H. 2014, 'Integrated Methodology for Design Management – A Research Project to Improve Design Management for the AEC Industry in Norway' In:, Kalsaas, B.T., Koskela, L. & Saurin, T.A., 22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Oslo, Norway, 25-27 Jun 2014. pp 1391-1399

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