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A concept design stages protocol to support collaborative processes in architecture, engineering and construction projects

Marianthi Leon (Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics, University of the West of England , Bristol, UK)
Richard Laing (Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, Robert Gordon University , Aberdeen, UK)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 25 March 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper proposes and tests, through a series of structured multi-disciplinary design activities, a “Concept Design Stages Protocol” (CDS Protocol) to structure project initiation, to attain smoother collaboration and greater consensus among multi-disciplinary project teams.

Design/methodology/approach

A collaborative approach from the outset is imperative for project success, especially when considering multi-disciplinary teams in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. However, involving different disciplines hinders communication paths and affects informed decision-making.

Findings

Based on these findings, the research demonstrates that the CDS Protocol provides a solid foundation to aid in the optimal implementation of collaborative design, and with particular regard to multi-disciplinary working.

Originality/value

The research demonstrates the potential for significant improvement in the optimisation of the conceptual design stages, with positive implications for time, communication and whole-team engagement.

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Citation

Leon, M. and Laing, R. (2021), "A concept design stages protocol to support collaborative processes in architecture, engineering and construction projects", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-10-2020-0399

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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