Enablers for Concurrent Engineering in Construction

John M. Kamara1

1Lecturer, Sch. of Arch., Planning & Landscape, Univ. of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 191 222 8619; Fax: +44 (0) 191 222 8811; Email: j.m.kamara@ncl.ac.uk

Abstract

Concurrent engineering (CE) is implemented through a variety of tools, which facilitate the key CE strategies of multi-disciplinary teamwork, concurrent parallel and integrated processes, and upfront consideration of lifecycle issues. Since this concept was first considered as a viable proposition integrating the construction process, various attempts have been made to develop enabling tools for CE in construction (CEC) This paper discusses various enablers for CEC. Organization- and technology-based tools are considered, and the extent to which they provide an enabling environment for CEC both with respect to the principles of CE, and the various levels of support required, is also assessed. The analysis revealed that there is broad support (to varying degrees) for CE in construction, but that this is mostly project-centric. There is therefore need for support at the organization level, and also for individuals. Issues relating to the wider implementation of CE identified by the analysis of various enablers suggest that although much progress is being made, there is still more ground to cover. It is also concluded that the role of clients should not be overlooked as they are key to the successful implementation of CE in construction.

Keywords

AEC industry; concurrent engineering; CE enablers; CE tools; Computer integration

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Kamara, J.M. 2003, 'Enablers for Concurrent Engineering in Construction' In:, 11th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Virginia, USA, 1-.

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