Creating Work Structuring Transparency in Curtain Wall Design

Cynthia C.Y. Tsao1 & Iris D. Tommelein2

1Ph.D. Candidate, Civil and Envir. Engrg. Department, 215 McLauglin Hall, Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1712, Phone +1 510/593-4884, FAX 510/643-8919, ccytsao@cal.berkeley.edu
2Professor, Civil and Envir. Engrg. Department, 215 McLauglin Hall, Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1712, Phone +1 510/643-8678, FAX 510/643-8919, tommelein@ce.berkeley.edu

Abstract

Work Structuring is a means to align supply chain, product, process and operations designs in the course of project delivery. A challenge is to be able to recognize Work Structuring issues as they emerge, especially during design development. Participants in design coordination meetings typically use meeting tools such as agendas, CPM schedules, electronic whiteboards, 2-, 3-, or 4-dimensional drawings, and large scale physical mock-ups to identify and resolve problems. We introduce a methodology to capture Work Structuring issues that surface during design development. To demonstrate our methodology, we describe a case study involving the design development of a stone-on-truss curtain wall for a six-story research facility. Since we developed the methodology remains to be tested on future projects.

Keywords

Work Structuring, collaboration, process mapping, stone-on-truss curtain wall, stone panels, aluminum extrusions, insulating glass.

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Reference

Tsao, C.C. & Tommelein, I.D. 2004, 'Creating Work Structuring Transparency in Curtain Wall Design' In:, Bertelsen, S. & Formoso, C.T., 12th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Helsingør, Denmark, 3-5 Aug 2004.

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