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A new TRIZ-based patent knowledge management system for construction technology innovation

Zhikun Ding (Department of Construction Management and Real Estate, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China)
Shuanglong Jiang (School of Civil Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China)
Fungfai Ng (Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Menglian Zhu (Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 7 August 2017



The quantity of construction technology innovations in patent database grows at a high speed. More challenging technical problems require knowledge workers to make full use of the huge existing technology innovation knowledge base to propose new innovative solutions. Hence, it is critical to deliver the right knowledge to the right people at the right time. To improve innovation efficiency and effectiveness, this research explores the development of a new patent knowledge management system to satisfy the increasing demand of construction innovations.


TRIZ-based patent knowledge management system (TPKMS) development involves the integration of construction patent knowledge management, theory of inventive problem-solving (TRIZ) theory, database techniques and computer programing technology. The contradiction matrix in TRIZ theory serves as the patent knowledge extraction framework, while SQL Server 2000 database management system is employed to manage the extracted patent knowledge, TRIZ and user account information. Visual C++ 6.0 is adopted as the development tool.


The developed system to manage construction patent knowledge integrates TRIZ with the database design, enabling the system users to be more problem-focused, systematic and efficient. The system provides a heuristic environment to help improve the innovation effectiveness by motivating knowledge workers’ innovative thinking. Further development of the system is proposed in the context of the age of big data.


A new TRIZ-based patent knowledge management system for construction technology innovation was developed.



This research is conducted with the support of the National Science Foundation for Young Scholars of China (Grant No. 71202101); Humanities and Social Science Research Funding (No. 10YJCZH025), Ministry of Education of P.R.C; Scientific Planning Research Grant (No. 2009-K4-17, No. 2011-K6-24), Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of P.R.C; and the Shenzhen University Education Research Grant. The authors are also thankful to those who participated in this study and supported the research work.


Ding, Z., Jiang, S., Ng, F. and Zhu, M. (2017), "A new TRIZ-based patent knowledge management system for construction technology innovation", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 456-470.



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