Construction Parts in Building Construction Projects: Definition and Case Study

TitleConstruction Parts in Building Construction Projects: Definition and Case Study
Publication TypeWorking Paper
AuthorsZhao, N., C. Kam, J. T. Lo, J. I. Kim, and M. Fischer
Year of Publication2017
Date PublishedAug/2017

In contrast to the manufacturing industry, value added per work hour has not increased over the last 50 years in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. One of the major causes is the limited shared understanding of input products among construction project participants related to value-adding processes. To improve the shared understanding of input products, a new term “construction part” is proposed. The definition of a construction part (i.e., a fundamental unit of building input product) was formulated as a common denominator for construction management (and fabrication/construction???) information about input products. To focus on the value added by construction crews and to allow cross-project comparisons, this definition is shaped to be consistent, value-focused, and quantifiable. This paper discusses the consistency and quantifiability of the definition and decomposition method for construction parts as illustrated through a case study. Future work will concentrate on validating the applications and benefits of establishing the construction part concept as proposed in this paper through building ontologies and case studies on part-related metrics.
The authors would like to express sincere thanks to the faculties and members from Stanford Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) for their constant guidance and support. The authors would like to thank the Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) for their contributions and case studies, the researchers from Stanford University, Tongji University, and other universities. The authors would also like to acknowledge the inputs of the students who enrolled in CEE 112/212 at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Stanford University in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
This is a product of 3 seed research projects: Integrated Virtual Parts Library—Parts List Definition, 2013/14 project, Managing Construction Parts – From Manufacturing to Construction, 2014/15 project, and Parts-enabled Approaches for Software Developers, Project Engineers, and Construction Workers, a 2015/16 seed research project

Keywordsbuilding information sharing, Construction, construction parts, construction productivity, Coordination, Design, Simulation, Value-Adding, Virtual Design and Construction
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