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Improving the constructability of design solutions through an integrated system

MUSTAFA ALSHAWI (Department of Surveying, University of Salford, Bridgewater Building, Salford M7 9NU, UK)
JASON UNDERWOOD (Department of Surveying, University of Salford, Bridgewater Building, Salford M7 9NU, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 1 January 1996

Abstract

This study aims at improving the constructability of design solutions by inte grating site construction problems, which are related to the design, with the design's main functions. A full process analysis was carried out on the design functions of concrete framed office buildings whereby site problems were traced back to the relevant design stages. Design processes that significantly contribute to these problems were highlighted, along with their data flows. An object‐oriented analysis (OOA) method was then applied to model those processes. Proceedings through the five major activities of Coad & Yourdon's OOA method, a complete OOA model was developed. This technique has proved to be very effective in producing a well structured data model with the consequence of being easily mapped into an object‐oriented development environment. An integrated object‐oriented system was also developed, which attempts to use essential design information, at an early stage of the design process, to improve the constructability of the design.

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ALSHAWI, M. and UNDERWOOD, J. (1996), "Improving the constructability of design solutions through an integrated system", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 3 No. 1/2, pp. 47-67. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb021022

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