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Construction Parts in Building Construction Projects: Definition and Case Study

TitleConstruction Parts in Building Construction Projects: Definition and Case Study
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsZhao, N, Kam, C, Lo, J, Kim, JIn, Fischer, M
Date Published08/2017
PublisherCenter for Integrated Facility Engineering
Place PublishedStanford, CA
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsbuilding information sharing, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, CIFE, Construction, construction parts, construction productivity, Coordination, Design, Simulation, Value-Adding, Virtual Design and Construction

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.

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