Antony Thorpe

Antony Thorpe
Loughborough University | Lough · School of Civil and Building Engineering

BSc MSc PhD

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Purpose The intra-organisational relationships of through-life support services providers are complex, especially given the multifaceted nature of the provision required. For example, capabilities within the UK highways maintenance arena must support engineering design, routine maintenance and the ongoing management of the network. While collabora...
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The application of the concept of circular economy thinking in construction, which is in its infancy, has been largely limited to construction waste minimisation and recycling. Little research on circular economy from a systems perspective including how new business models might enable materials to retain high residual values has been undertaken. U...
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Growing industry demand and the United Kingdom (UK) government's 2016 'BIM deadline' have provided a clear impetus for enhanced BIM teaching in UK Higher Education institutions. This paper reports on the strategic approach taken in a large multi-disciplinary School of Civil and Building Engineering. From a number of options suggested by literature,...
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Title: Fire safety education and training in architecture: an exploratory study Authors: Ebenehi, Ibrahim Y. Ruikar, Kirti, Thorpe, Tony, Wilkinson, Peter Keywords: Architects, Building design, Education, Fire safety Issue Date: 2016 Publisher: FUTA Citation: EBENEHI, I.Y., RUIKAR, K, THORPE, A WILKINSON, P. 2016. Fire safety education and trainin...
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Purpose – This paper aims to investigate two causality concepts, sphere of control (SOC) and agent–action–results (AAR), and their potential applications to construction business ethics. SOC is used in ethics training, and AAR is applied to ethical decision-making (EDM). Design/methodology/approach – A framework of ethics training and a framework...
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Through a demonstrated attempt to identify and evaluate opportunities offered by semantic technology to Online Collaboration Platforms (OCPs), a context-specific requirements engineering process is developed and documented. Seven illustrative functionalities are proposed and evaluation of their demand and feasibility has indicated potential challen...
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Interconnections and boundaries between the project parties have been identified as causing complexity which, if not managed, leads to reduction in performance. Understanding the characteristics of complexity of interconnections, and how these affect organising projects and the management style, will enable the development and implementation of inn...
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This paper presents the experimental results concerning the mix design and fresh properties of a high-performance fibre-reinforced fine-aggregate concrete for printing concrete. This concrete has been designed to be extruded through a nozzle to build layer-by-layer structural components. The printing process is a novel digitally controlled additive...
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During the last decade a number of advanced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions have been developed to assist in the management of business processes and working environments. Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) tagging technology and mobile computing are two such technologies which have been adopted for use in hybrid...
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This paper presents the hardened properties of a high-performance fibre-reinforced fine-aggregate concrete extruded through a 9 mm diameter nozzle to build layer-by-layer structural components in a printing process. The printing process is a digitally controlled additive method capable of manufacturing architectural and structural components withou...
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Project activities at the various levels within the delivery process have an influence on each other. This generates interconnections and boundaries between the activities as well as the individuals within a team, and teams as whole entities, within the project. The interconnection structures often give rise to complexity, which could lead to a red...
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Interconnections and boundaries between the project parties have been identified as causing complexity which, if not managed, leads to reduction in performance. Understanding the characteristics of complexity of interconnections, and how these affect organising projects and the management style, will enable the development and implementation of inn...
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Technical complexity has always been considered a factor which affects project performance. Scheduling and other mechanisms have been proposed which allow for the management of these effects. However, the effect of the complexity of interconnections, and in particular those caused by social interfaces and boundaries between the various teams, have...
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Purpose – Construction plant and equipment accident statistics suggest constant re-evaluation of health and safety (H&S) systems is beneficial. This paper aims to process analyse plant and equipment H&S management systems on UK construction sites, with a view to applying information and communication technology (ICT) to them as an improvement mecha...
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How projects should be organized and managed are two important aspects of the role that Project Managers perform and the processes involved can be linked to the measurement of the project management outcome. Recent studies indicate that these processes are not implemented and concerns have been raised. The authors present an investigation into the...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to report on research which has developed a new approach to capturing project‐based learning. Design/methodology/approach Action research was employed as part of a longitudinal single organization case study. Findings Project learning processes can be improved by using an event‐based approach to project knowle...
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A novel Concrete Printing process has been developed, inspired and informed by advances in 3D printing, which has the potential to produce highly customised building components. Whilst still in their infancy, these technologies could create a new era of architecture that is better adapted to the environment and integrated with engineering function....
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The aim of this paper is to investigate current practice in preconstruction planning. Eleven semi-structured interviews were conducted over a four-month period. Through these interviews, two major findings were revealed: first, guesses are frequently made in preconstruction planning process, neither the initial planner nor the downstream planner wi...
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Additive manufacturing in construction is beginning to move from an architect's modelling tool to delivering full-scale architectural components and elements of buildings such as walls and facades. This paper discusses large-scale additive manufacturing processes that have been applied in the construction and architecture arena and focuses on ‘Conc...
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The collaborative project management is becoming popular in West. China is acutely aware of the need to improve its management skills in all field. Collaborative project management are developed for better dealing with those complex projects that often consist of many dissimilar, highly interdependent components and involve many different disciplin...
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There is a variety of financial ratio analytical methodologies for evaluation of construction companies corporate performance and identifying potential insolvent contractors. These methodologies comprise traditional approaches, subjective index and ratio models. The shortcomings of the financial ratio analytical methods are highlighted and some app...
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The importance and huge potential of considering Value delivery from the very early stages of building & infrastructure projects have broadly been recognized. Lean Thinking elevates Value to the customer as a fundamental principle in the manufacturing sector and the consideration of Value in this way has transferred into Lean Construction. Conseque...
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The construction industry is acutely aware of the need to improve its management process. Currently, construction management is facing four major schools of thoughts. This paper reports the recent study results, the aim of which was to compare these approaches. The focus will be on the questions: What is the theory root for this school of thoughts?...
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The choice of an appropriate structural frame can contribute to effective short- and long-term performance, and enhance client satisfaction but limited research indicates that the issues taken into account during structural frame selection are not very well understood. With this in mind, a major research programme, including interviews and an indus...
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The writers present the results from a research project that explored the factors which design organizations and individual designers take into consideration when they address the management of change to the design function over the long-term future. First a brief description of the telegenesis project which formed a background to the research proj...
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Design visualizationVirtual realityRapid prototypingComparison of VR and PRPhysical reality: Printing buildingsChanges in design thinkingMaterial and fabrication process requirementsConclusions References
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Traditional 2-D contour models, Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) and the latest virtual reality models have greatly enhanced the design process by enabling designers to visualise buildings and the space within them prior to their construction. A recent development in immersive virtual environments is Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MM...
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Within construction the activities at the various hierarchies making up the delivery process have an influence on each other. This creates interconnections and boundaries between the activities as well as the individuals within a team and teams as a whole within the project. The interconnection structures often cause complexity, which could lead to...
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Measuring learning is problematic and there is an apparent lack of research establishing methods of capturing the benefits of learning which may accrue in project based environments. This paper reports on the ongoing findings of longitudinal case study research to explore how learning can be measured. A new approach to measuring learning is being p...
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At present, the concept of Value has been included in many theories and management tools applied to the construction industry. Despite a continuing effort of researchers to define or develop a common understanding of this concept, this work has not advanced sufficiently to provide a universal theory of Value to apply in the construction industry as...
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Selecting the correct structural frame is crucial to a project's feasibility and success, but this decision can have profound implications for the future performance of a building project. In practice, the eventual choice of a frame may involve various parties including client, project manager, cost consultant, structural engineer, architect, main...
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Building three dimensional objects in sequential layers is a technique employed by Rapid Manufacturing processes which allow great freedom in the design of the manufactured component. Niche markets for these technologies are continually developing and they challenge conventional methods of design and procurement. In the last few years there have be...
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Construction projects involve and generate a number of interfaces between the various parties as these come together to deliver the output. Projects are typically characterised by complexity and previous analyses have been conducted mainly from the technical perspective. Only recently the subject of complexity has been linked to non-technical proje...
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Knowledge Management and Learning concepts are complex and difficult to express in common terms and as a result their implementation in practice is highly problematic. The literature shows that many of the barriers to success are common across both knowledge management and learning. This is where management need to be convinced of the real worth of...
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The design process, as defined by Pahl and Beitz (1988), is the intellectual attempt to meet certain demands in the best possible way. Early design phase is a critical part of a building project and decisions made through this phase lay the foundations for the construction phase. These involve the evaluation of alternative frame types fulfilling ke...
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Purpose The purpose of the paper is to explore the process of change within organisations in the construction sector related to the content of change called for by reformers such as Egan, Latham, Constructing Excellence and the “rethinking construction” movement. The concept of supply chain management is used within the research to facilitate this...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe an approach to managing the supply chain from the perspective of design which the paper refers to as integrated collaborative design (ICD). Design/methodology/approach Building on a substantial program of research using a range of methodologies previously reported, the concept of a design chain is d...
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The utilisation of automation technology and processes control found in the automotive and aerospace industries is not paralleled in modern day construction. The industry also struggles to improve health and safety issues and still uses traditional methods of procurement. These problems are compounded by the diminishing skills in the labour force....
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Learning Organization concepts and their implementation have been debated for over fifty years. This paper constructs a position on how learning propagates within a knowledge intensive firm based on extant theory. The key purpose of the research is to establish how the effects of organizational learning can be measured in a knowledge intensive busi...
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In recent years, a number of advanced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions have been developed to assist in the management of business processes and working environments. Mobile computing and wireless communication are two such technologies which have been adapted for use in hybrid systems that can monitor and manage industrial...
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Management Information Systems (MIS) have been widely used in the construction industry for a number of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) systems ranging from payroll to machine inventory applications. However, in recent years MIS has also been utilised by occupational health and safety advisors, specifically, when dealing with plant a...
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All project life cycles from the shortest to the longest demand from the project teams some type of reporting. Currently the construction industry perceives reporting as a bureaucratic contractual process that occurs as and when demanded by the Client or the Senior Manager. It does not contribute as much as it should to the decision making process...
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This paper brings together the visions for information and communications technologies (ICT) in construction and the changing requirements of the construction industry. Drawing on case studies, previous research and future scenarios outlined by research road mapping projects, it illustrates how the areas identified as having potential for improveme...
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Change within the construction sector has been a central concern of governments and a select few private-sector clients for a considerable time. The discourse of change emanating from organizations concerned with reform in the construction sector reflects these ongoing concerns for change in the sector. The underlying assumptions of the content of...
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This paper illustrates how the concept of mobility can be used to consider how contextual factors shape user requirements for mobile ICT. The spatial, temporal and contextual mobility of construction professionals is described based on fieldwork conducted within the UK. A distinction between the mobility of workers when they are operating remotely...
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The level of automation technology and processes control, within the construction sector, faces unique challenges if it is to catch up with automotive and aerospace applications. The construction industry has problems relating to health and safety, environmental legislation and traditional methods of procurement. These are compounded by diminishing...
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Purpose To illustrate the use of a Value Adding Toolbox by construction industry designers when addressing customer value expectations using problem solving. Design/methodology/approach Focused literature review establishes the need for construction industry design solutions to deliver customer value and a Value Adding Toolbox is proposed in respo...
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Purpose Process mapping can lead to a more holistic understanding of how an organisation works. This paper seeks to discuss how an engineering design consultancy, which had developed a series of process maps on the design of steel frame buildings, developed a powerful management tool, the Management Briefing Sheet which has yielded numerous additio...
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Purpose – The successful implementation of an optimal online system for specification and procurement has been impeded by the existence of semi‐structured or non‐structured product information held in catalogues in various formats. Consequently, a significant amount of time is spent in gathering relevant information. Proposes introducing a successf...
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During the early stages of bridge design, the decision on possible reliable structural configurations bears on many considerations such as maintenance, aesthetics, durability, construction method (i.e. CM), and environmental impact, amongst others. Recent studies suggest that quality can be improved in Egypt if design and planning during the precon...
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Three-dimensional modeling and visualization software is increasingly being used by building designers to represent structural frames and communicate design information upstream to their clients and downstream to suppliers/manufacturers. Although design processes and design management have been explored extensively per se, the upstream, heuristic d...
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The construction industry is typically characterised as being slow to change and to adopt new information technologies. Mobile technologies have been no exception; the primary reasons given for this hesitancy are the perceived lack of return on investment and an absence of industry-specific examples of successful adoption. A series of eleven case s...
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Purpose – Organisations must continually innovate to remain competitive. A by‐product of innovation is new knowledge. In a knowledge economy, an organisation's ability to manage its knowledge can mean the difference between commercial success and failure. A key aspect of being able to manage knowledge is the ability to identify and capture it. This...
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Purpose To review the key facets of a performance measurement system (PMS) and report on the development of a new model based on the European Foundation of Quality Management (EFQM) excellence model. Design/methodology/approach The research involved detailed literature reviews and action research within the case study organisation. It involved the...
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As we move into a knowledge economy, employee skills are fast becoming an organization’s most valuable asset. Fundamental to successfully completing the complex range of tasks presented by construction projects is bringing together individuals with the correct balance of skills. No one individual has the complete set of skills to do everything them...
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Ontologies are the foundation on which knowledge-intensive problem solvers depend. Ontologies encapsulate domain concepts, tasks, problem-solving knowledge, and methods. This paper reports on a research project on ontology development for constructability assessment in steel frame structures. It discusses the conceptualisation and formal knowledge...
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The level of automation technology and processes control found in modern day construction lags significantly behind other industries such as automotive and aerospace. The construction industry has health and safety issues and still uses traditional methods of procurement. These problems are compounded by diminishing skills in the labour force. Meth...
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This is a conference paper This paper describes the opportunities for location aware computing to enhance information capture and use within the construction industry. The construction industry is characterized as being slow to take up innovative mobile ICT, despite the highly mobile workforce who must collaborate with a range of on and off-site pe...
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Recent advances in wireless communications and VLSI technology have enabled thedevelopment of Wireless Sensor Networks in many scientific and technical fields.This paper is concerned with the wireless sensor networking applications in the construction industry. It reviews the key features of the technology, emerging construction applications and ba...
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As we move into a knowledge economy, employee skills are fast becoming an organization's most valuable asset. Fundamental to successfully completing the complex range of tasks presented by construction projects is bringing together individuals with the correct balance of skills. Noone individual has the complete set of skills to do everything thems...
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Summary The increased implementation of site data capture technologies invariably results in an increase in data warehousing and database technologies to store captured data. However, restricted use of data beyond the initial application could potentially result in a loss of understanding of site processes. This could in turn lead to poor decision...