This paper and research behind it aim to explain key elements behind construction project data management by looking at actual operations. The construction project management is heavily built around document control and relating events such as change orders, submittals, transmittals and requests for information. These functionalities are usually forming the core of electronic data/document management systems (EDMS), and more recently solutions based on Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies. A growing share of buildings construction projects are designed and documented by using BIM applications. BIM applications can form spatially organised access to project data and documents which, if widely applied, can change the world of EDMS solutions.
This paper presents results of a research effort where the use of EDMS was studied in 15 building construction case projects. The research focus was on EDMS structure, usage of EDMS in each case project and EDMS use models.
The gained results explain content and characteristics of current practice. It is considered that useful knowledge can be learned from the present used of EDMS in building construction projects. This understanding can help our sector to move towards more advanced solutions.
The obtained research data are a certain kind of building development projects. These were renovation and change projects of existing buildings.
Although the main stream of research has been technology-driven, the research behind this paper is targeting for new knowledge over the characteristics of EDMS use.
Financial and other support by University Properties of Finland Ltd have made it possible to carry out this research effort. This support is greatly appreciated. The authors would also like to express special thanks to their colleagues Marko Keinänen and Hannes Mäkelä for their valuable efforts during the research.
Kähkönen, K. and Rannisto, J. (2015), "Understanding fundamental and practical ingredients of construction project data management", Construction Innovation, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 7-23. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-04-2014-0026
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