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''Managing the benefits and barriers to the adoption of offsite construction in the UK construction industry''.
I have selected the above topic for my Master's dissertation but my supervisor told me that ''a lot of research has been done on the benefits and barriers. Your research need to bring something new to this field of knowledge and it need to be far more focused''.
Can anyone please recommend me dissertation title and aim of research please
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Irshad Ali
MSc Construction Project Management (University of South Wales).
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you can do this MSc title research
'' Risk management of UK construction Projects during crises''
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Do construction professionals (especially construction managers, project managers and quantity surveyors) need environmental sustainability competencies?
Looking at how the construction activities affect the environment and yes we have environmental engineers but wouldn't it be good to have construction professionals that are also aware of the environmental impacts/issues, especially during the construction, operation and demolition phases.
Assistance will be appreciated.
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Bontle Chabaesele The construction industry contributes nearly 1 billion tonnes of waste every year and also contributes to about 37% of CO2 emissions. Sustainability, Green construction, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and minimizing the impact are the norms of the day and these cannot be called needed knowledge areas anymore. Now these need to be the core requirements for construction professionals
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Hello Everyone.
I hope you are doing well.
My MSc Construction Project Management’s Dissertation is going to start soon. And I’m Searching for Dissertation Topic which is according to recent industry requirement as well as help me in getting Job after completing degree.
Can you please Suggest me Some topics for Dissertation.
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you can investigate the sustainable management suitability for construction project management. minassed@yahoo.co.uk
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This is specifically for Construction Project Managers. How to calculate the number of project managers we need to contact and get answers from such that our research is valid?
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You need to go cinstruction Manager’ Assiciation of Karnataka and then you can idendufy the oopukatuon.
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Hello, I am currently doing a research paper on the subjects between project management and social sustainability in project delivery. My research aims to explore the significance of social sustainability criteria in construction project managers’ perspectives.
Please note that all participants will be anonymous and confidential and all answers will be used only for the purpose of this study. Your participation will greatly assist me in completing my master research. Please allow me to thank you in advance for your valuable time and support 🙏🏻
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Abiola Adeyemo Thank you, and much appreciated for your time to participate :)
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I am currently doing a research paper on the subjects between project management and social sustainability in project delivery. My research aims to explore the significance of social sustainability criteria in construction project managers’ perspectives.
Please note that all participants will be anonymous and confidential and all answers will be used only for the purpose of this study. Your participation will greatly assist me in completing my master research. Please allow me to thank you in advance for your valuable time and support 🙏🏻
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Federico Del Giorgio Solfa Thank you so much, Federico! Have a great day! :)
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Good day everyone. I am doing a paper on the subjects between project management and social sustainability in project delivery. My dissertation aims to explore the significance of social sustainability criteria in construction project managers’ perspectives.
Could you please help me to complete this survey as part of my research study: https://uwe.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8qUvgdyq8CEXLyS
All participants are anonymous and confidential, answers will be used only for the purpose of this dissertation. It would really help my study with your help and support.
Thank you!
- Sheila
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I am looking for a research topic addressing sustainable Construction Project Management issues using innovative methods?
I appreciate your kind responses.
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Hello. the projects that have been achieved high quality (Building rating systems Certification) are suitable for you.
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Dear Colleagues,
Construction project management is a process that includes a number of operations, activities, and decisions that are closely related to an executed investment and that aim to create new, or to increase, existing fixed assets in order to achieve utility effects. The utility effect of the construction process may be the construction of a new building, or the renovation or modernization of an existing building. In each construction process, according to the definition of the building object's life cycle, the following four basic phases are distinguished: the programming/planning phase, the implementation phase, the operation/use/maintenance phase, and the phase of decommissioning or demolition. Appropriate planning of the entire construction process is a very important operation, which has a direct impact on whether success is achieved when implementing an investment project.
The construction industry is characterized by a high complexity of implemented construction processes, variability of implementation conditions, diversity of facilities, applied technologies, and methods of work organization. The execution of construction projects is specific and particularly difficult because each implementation is a unique, complex, and dynamic process that consists of several or more subprocesses related to each other, in which various participants of the investment process take part.
Therefore, there is still a vital need to study, research, and conclude engineering technology and management applied in construction projects.
We encourage publishing applied results of research.
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Is the paper in the project management field accepted?
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aplication of value engineering in construction to make more efective work n eficient. just give in this strategical ide interupts on design n build. get to purpose or more complicated..
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Yes, I agree
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Do you know someone that can be interested?
Professor of Construction Engineering
Ecole de Technologie Superieure
Construction Engineering Department
Montreal, QC, Canada
Date Posted: Feb. 8, 2021
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Yes, interested
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Goal: This project is consist of two different questionnaire to get the opinion of experts in different locations. ( Location-based)
First questionnaire (GOOGLE FORM) https://forms.gle/8SVBqJ3HGvEemWYF8 Second Project: https://forms.gle/aoorxc4rqdM14scL6
There is no deadline for filling of this questionnaire. I believe that higher number of respondents will give much more accurate outcomes. Please recommend this questionnaire to your friends. That would help me too much. If you are interested in collaborating and working together please send a message to me.
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Thank you Loh Yong Seng
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Pls, follow the link provided below to register to invaluable experiences in the face of COVID-19.
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Let me look at the survey and give you feedback.
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Public/ User participation and its importance in public infrastructure projects is being understood more and more nowadays leading to increased public/ user engagement in development of such infrastructure assets. The view of 'uninformed project user' is going away with availability of better technologies for information dissemination whether it be project specific or local area information. The inevitability of understanding/ assessing local needs to the fullest and efforts for improved transparency in the project delivery system supplement these.
Is it getting established that views of the local users have the maximum utility in enhancing the project value / bringing out maximum benefits out of the asset?
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One key to productive public engagement is the need to inform the public about the hidden dynamics of infrastructure. In the early 1900s, there was a London neighborhood where workers had to pay a toll to cross a bridge to get to their jobs. The public, when informed of this, thought it was terrible to charge working class people a toll to get tot their jobs. In response, the government eliminated the toll. Within a short time, rents in this neighborhood increased by the amount of the toll. Workers who used the bridge were no better off than before. Some, who didn't use the bridge, were worse off because their rents went up and they received no benefit.
If infrastructure projects are well-designed and well-executed, the price of well-served land goes up, creating windfall profits for a few who are lucky-enough to own well-served land. The ability of private landowners to appropriate publicly-created land value is the fuel for land speculation -- a parasitic activity that creates nothing of value, but which inflates land prices to the detriment of residents and businesses alike.
So public engagement regarding infrastructure projects must include education about land value creation. This education should also inform people about techniques for land value return and recycling, whereby publicly-created land values can be returned to the public sector and used to pay for the infrastructure that created them.
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Hello everybody
I would like to link two topics, LCCA and BIM, each of which deals with "structural and earthquake engineering" and "construction management" in civil engineering, respectively.
I am trying to investigate on LCCA of a structure equipped with Tuned Mass Dampers (TMDs) based on principles of Performance Based Earthquake Engineering (PBDE) for different seismic hazard levels (this issue is related to structural engineering). So I intend to use BIM to create a more realistic cost model including other costs are related to this topic.
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I suggest that you use the 5D BIM technology, which is related to the cost of construction elements. You need to model your project using software as revit, and then link the model's elements to the cost and time schedule using software like Naviswork. This will give you visualization for the construction phases and the project life cycle.
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To all the project management professionals in the United Kingdom,
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I'm currently a final year master's student at Birmingham City University doing my dissertation on the topic " An investigation of Generation Z's Project Management leadership Skills in the construction industry in the UK". It would be of great contribution for this industry if you are willing to attend my interview sessions in this month of July. I would highly appreciate it.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this. Please message me if you are interested and I would be more than happy to arrange the interview.
Yours Faithfully,
Aiyesha
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For dissertation purpose, it might figure out the Hong Kong entrepreneur Li Ka-Shing's great community-building project in London, UK, approved recently by the government is worth studying the correlation among employment, market value and society ecosystem policy
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I am seeking for a scholarship or reasonable tuition for an online (completely online or hybrid and the majority is online ) accredited Ph.D. in the Construction project management at a prestigious university. Please, if you know one let me know.
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He is recruiting PhD students in CM, and PhD tuition fees in NZ is reasonable. I am not sure about online accredited program. You may need to contact him for further discussion. I hope this helps
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There is an open access journal (IJCESA) to call for research paper related to the civil engineering.
The journal is related to structural engineering, construction technology, building materials and structures, coastal and harbor engineering, construction management, earthquake engineering, environmental engineering, renovation of building, geotechnical engineering, highway engineering, hydraulic, road and bridge engineering, transportation engineering, tunnel engineering, urban engineering, water resources engineering, urban drainage and etc.
If you are interested, or if you want more information, you can visit our website: https://www.ijcesa.com
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In Poland, there is now a trend in which we all have to duplicate our research and analysis in magazines that have relevant points on the list from our Ministry of Science and Higher Education - unfortunately I can't find you in our list :-(
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Can you Share with us a world class achievement or a well known World recognized project in which you contributed or participated effectively in its success?
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As a method of the research we used Automated system-cognitive analysis (ASC-analysis), which is a new innovative method of artificial intelligence: it also has its own software tool – an intelligent system called "Eidos" (open source software) [1, 2, 3].
The Eidos-X++ system differs from other artificial intelligence systems in the following parameters:
- was developed in a universal setting, independent of the subject area. Therefore, it is universal and can be applied in many subject areas (http://lc.kubagro.ru/aidos/index.htm);
- is in full open free access (http://lc.kubagro.ru/aidos/_Aidos-X.htm), and with the relevant source texts (http://lc.kubagro.ru/__AIDOS-X.txt);
- is one of the first domestic systems of artificial intelligence of the personal level, i.e. it does not take special training in the field of technologies of artificial intelligence from the user (there is an act of introduction of system "Eidos" of 1987) (http://lc.kubagro.ru/aidos/aidos02/PR-4.htm);
- provides stable identification in a comparable form of strengh and direction of cause-effect relationships in incomplete noisy interdependent (nonlinear) data of very large dimension of numerical and non-numerical nature, measured in different types of scales (nominal, ordinal and numerical) and in different units of measurement (i.e. does not impose strict requirements to the data that can not be performed, and processes the data that is);
- contains a large number of local (supplied with the installation) and cloud educational and scientific applications (currently 31 and 199, respectively) (http://lc.kubagro.ru/aidos/Presentation_Aidos-online.pdf);
- provides multilingual interface support in 44 languages. Language databases are included in the installation and can be replenished automatically;
- supports on-line environment of knowledge accumulation and is widely used all over the world (http://aidos.byethost5.com/map5.php);
- the most time-consuming computationally, the operations of the synthesis models and implements recognition by using graphic processing unit (GPU) that some tasks can only support up to the solution of these tasks is several thousand times that really provides intelligent processing of big data, big information and big knowledge;
- provides transformation of the initial empirical data into information, and its knowledge and solution using this knowledge of classification problems, decision support and research of the subject area by studying its system-cognitive model, generating a very large number of tabular and graphical output forms (development of cognitive graphics), many of which have no analogues in other systems (examples of forms can be found in: http://lc.kubagro.ru/aidos/aidos18_LLS/aidos18_LLS.pdf);
- well imitates the human style of thinking: gives the results of the analysis, understandable to experts on the basis of their experience, intuition and professional competence.
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What are the differences between Scope Creep and Gold Plating in Project Management.
Often these two are confusing and misleading.
Can we discuss it with real time examples?
What are their effect on scope baseline?
If so, do we need change request to deal with it?
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Dear Francine, Thanks a lot for your added discussion.
Best Regards
Haneefa
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I am a student at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, Pakistan and I am conducting research on evaluating the barriers to adoption of industry 4.0 in the construction industry of developing countries with Pakistan as a case in point. You are requested to fill the questionnaire attached. It will take 15-20 minutes of your precious time. Your response will be highly acknowledged. The questionnaire is attached. Once the survey has been filled, kindly reply to this discussion with the updated response file.
Thanks
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You are contractor of a construction project.
There is a problem. Problem is late approval of feasibility reports, work permits, drawings and materials by owner of the project.
1) How do you plan to prevent occurrence of this problem?
If your preventive actions are not successful, how do you control the consequences of this delay?
2) or What will be your mitigation measures as contractor to makeup gone time and cost ?
3) What would be if you are in owner position?
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Use any of the project management software such as PRIMEVERA or hire a project manager who knows to use it. And use that as the platform for your works
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it is frequently reported that some international construction projects experiences time overrun due to delay in appointment of consultant by client. Our primary task is to prevent occurrence of this cause to prevent the arisen consequences. If the efforts were unsuccessful, mitigation measures should be taken. what are your taken prevention and mitigation suggestions?
#delay #time #overrun #construction #project #management #mitigation
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I think if there is such risk in construction project they should increase time contingency. Because in that range the client may recruit the consultant while the constructor also may be free from penalty in that time range.
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I am working on development of interlocking mud bricks which can be used for low cost housing purposes. Project is in process, for literature review I need some papers so that I could compare my results with them. 
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Construction Project Management's software
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Thank you Thanu Hp , Mehrzad Valiyousefi , Fatemeh Nouban for the information regarding the query.
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Could any one share real time examples for Start to Finish (SF), Start to Start (SS)and Finish to Finish (FF) dependencies?
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Start to Start: Wetting of sub-base and compaction of that in pavement engineering.
Finish to Finish: pure the concrete, test the concrete
For SF please see this link:
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in your opinion what are the most significant contributions in relation to contingency thinking in project management? how does that theory impact project management methodologies? why is that field under explored ?
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Some of the papers I read which mention "contingency theory" (15% of the papers in my personal Mendeley database) seem to use this as a kind of disclaimer. On the other hand, it's certainly a lens a critical observer must use. E.g. Müller: "... contingency theory explains the reciprocal determination of OPM elements (i.e., their positing against each other) by ... "
I perform research on ideal characteristics of members of project steering committees. Based on papers the ideal characteristics might vary on a lot of contingencies (project phase, complexity, degree of outsourcing, level of projectification etc). I will have the same issue as the other papers. I might be able to add one of two independent variables in the research. But more would make at least the quantitative part undoable.
I am not sure that the field is underexplored. Just that due to practical reasons only a few variables will be taken into account in at least quantitative studies. Could you explain with what you mean by "underexplored"? And what is "the field" or is it more a lens for research?
For me in my practitioner life what contingency theory brings: if you state there is one best solution, you should be very carefull in proving that.
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I'm planning to work on a rail project and i would love to have some prior knowledge. Any good books, research papers or general literature i might find helpful ?
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Hence the question you asked very general, if you would be more specific then may you get the answer, whatever you are looking for, but the following are considered the basic books for the topic "Rail Project management"
1) Mapping Interface Management to Project Management: Railway Project Case Study by Yazan Abualfeilat
2) Railway Works Engineering & Construction Project Management by M.M Agarwal and M.K Gupta
3) Objective Railway Engineering - Track, Works & Others by by M. M. Agarwal
All the best with your Project
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if anyone could help me find how a code is written especially in matlab to solve time-cost trade off problems and resource constraint optimization using genetic algorithm.
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Dear Solomon Sackey,
Please refer to the below link for the multi objective GA in MATLAB.
Find Pareto front of multiple fitness functions using genetic algorithm
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Construction alliances are a form of procurement that seeks to reduce adversarial approaches to the construction process, using shared outcomes. How can opportunism of the alliance partners be reduced to the benefit of the project?
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Anthony Mills and
Peter E.D Love
are correct. I would also like to advance the concept of psychological contract in determining the levels of trust and commitment to project delivery. I have coauthored a couple of papers on this concept. You can have the best contract or the worst contract, the team’s commitment and understanding of psychological contracts will assist in either scenario in my view.
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Construction field today is generally seen as a management science, but in my opinion it is supposed to be an engineering science.
This epistemological difference in attitude has much to do with construction scientists not being serious about finding a solution to this problem in an industry that is so vast and so well funded.
Even today there is no satisfactory theory to explain construction process. What do you feel?
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Safeer Ali, I would also respectfully disagree with you.
The entire construction process needs to evolve and change it's mentality in order to increase productivity and reduce delays. And researchers have been on the case for a few decades now with BIM, the space planning ( https://ascelibrary.org/doi/pdf/10.1061/%28ASCE%290733-9364%281994%29120%3A1%2896%29 ) and The Lean Construction ( http://www.leanconstruction.org/media/docs/Koskela-TR72.pdf). One of the objectives of those works is to increase the collaboration between stakeholders.
So, in that regard, for the design phase, a proper use of BIM is probably the way to go. You can look at the work of Professor Daniel Forgue (https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=FXCB-qwAAAAJ&hl=en&authuser=1&oi=ao) for more information on how BIM will help the construction industry.
Then, the works mentioned by
Peter E.D Love
, have prove there positive effects on construction project managements.
And for the construction phase, proper planning techniques are essentials to prevent delays. So, you can look at the following work
- Iris D. Tommelein and the Takt-Time Planning ( )
- Adel Francis and The Chronographical Modeling
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As a prospective PhD students in Construction / Project Management, I find several PhD scholarships in fields like medicine but few or none in Built Environment. Why is this so?
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You are welcome, Christiana!
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Could you tell me about the factors that are needed to beware of for organisations' first step into cloud?
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Good question.. Please share me the best answer might you trust...
Regards…
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With regards to I'm student in construction Engineering and management, interested in Project management (exception BIM),
Thank you for your suggestions.
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lean construction
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In your opinion, what are the most beneficial, most relevant, most applicable areas of the AEC research and practice in which Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality can assist, introduce significant benefits and/or facilitate major advancements/advantages?
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Thanks Peter Zeile and Aryan Shahabian for your posts.
I agree with both however it is much more difficult to work in some areas than the others when it comes to VR and more specifically in AR. I’ve recently reviewed a couple of papers in this area which although we’re good attempts missed on the research methodology 101 and that was a shame!
We have also published a couple of papers recently mostly in conferences to test the ground and believe that there definitely are new boundaries to be explores and new grounds to cover.
At SET, UoB, we have recently won some investment fund for developing AR/VR research in our school and acquired a good mix of AR/VR Technologies (HoloLens included). We are still to set up our new lab physically but good news is that we will be up and running soon.
on another account in an independent research group I lead we are also concentrating on self-commissioned research in this area.
The discussion here was what we have in our group as a regular topic and have recently decided to dedicate our next project to a couple of ideas which will hopefully come to fruition soon.
Ill keep updating the post both in here and in a project I’ve set up on RG.
Thanks again and hope we can develop some areas of joint research activities in the near future.
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1. 7-8 years ago, I attended a National BIM symposium/seminar in Manchester in UK where one of the speakers who was the BIM manager for a leading multinational construction company used the phrase “BIM, BAM, BOOM” in her presentation which made everyone more laugh than think.
2. Couple of years later I attended a prominent conference where someone was introduced by the Head of School of the host university as a BIM guru/leading expert in the UK despite having no direct background in [building or construction] engineering. Just a few minutes after this introduction, the BIM guru, who was reporting to the conference organising committee, failed to zoom in on a MS Excel spreadsheet as per request of one of the audience who could not see the figures simply because he didn’t know how to do it! Someone needed to go on the stage to do it for him!
3. Today BIM experts, researchers and policy makers who have got no idea about the paradigmatic differences between BIM and what it has succeeded are in abundance.
4. We hear/see/feel/sense/witness that BIM has not been able to deliver its promise and this is somewhat evidenced by the feedback we receive from the industry.
My question is: ”Has BIM really outlived its true value/promise or is it suffering from being bastardised (sorry this is not an F-word but quite an academic term) and subject to misuse/abuse as a result of our misunderstandings or lack of complete picture it entails?”
Please join me in this open discussion with your opinions, stories and experiences on this topic.
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Great question and very good critical observations. BIM is not the "magic bullet" that it was portrayed as when it hit the market. It is just a tool, not a philosophy. BIM is merely a highly effective computer design tool that can be linked with estimating and scheduling tools to assist the project manager, but it still requires human intervention and a discipline to feed the tool and evaluate its output. Like all the other magic bullets that have arisen in our industry, critical path scheduling, partnering, alliancing, lean construction, to name a few, BIM does not guarantee success. Its the people on the project team that make that happen. We seem to forget that no matter what gimmicks we employ in the project delivery process, the project team must still plan, design, construct, commission, and maintain the completed project. That is and always has been a very difficult, very complex effort. The tools help sort out the complexities, but only if their practitioners understand and appreciate their limitations. I spent 20 years in the construction industry before moving to academia and have found that my academic colleagues tend to assume reality out of the project management equation because it greatly simplifies the analysis and leads to gee-whiz, publishable findings. I'll end this missive before I go off the deep end on this line of reasoning. Thank you very much for initiating this dialog. It is greatly needed. Cheers
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Good afternoon,
My name is Liam Jenkinson and I am currently studying my masters degree in project management. I am looking for construction managers/project managers to participate in my survey. Your knowledge for this research will be very valuable to the industry and could provide the answers needed to improve the feasibility aspect of construction projects:
I aspire to become a construction project manager one day and my research area really interests me to help out the future of construction.
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Thank you for your response Nolberto Munier, would you mind filling in my questionnaire so i can use your answers within my research paper??
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i have undertaken a mini research project regarding the above question help me out by filling this form. https://goo.gl/forms/YkDmGjDx4lc9QoiS2
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Advanced QFD, Project Management, Construction Management, Project lifecycle, Total Quality Management, Procurement/Delivery Method, Project Performance, Customer Requirements
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any updated information on QFD application?
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I just wonder if someone comes across a paper about the difference of public attitude in regards the output of public construction projects, whether it is different in tax-free countries compare to the taxed countries? in other words, would people in taxed countries be more demanding in regarding finishing projects on time and on cost as they feel the pay for that projects. compare to the tax-free countries where they would feel they did not pay for the project
Thank you
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the answer of this question can be divided in two types. national and international contract or investment. i think the taxation effect the international investment rather than national investment or contract. any way it depend on the country economical policy
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In which phase [Initiation, Planning/Design Phase, Execution and Closing] of a project, project appraisal is conducted to accept or reject a project?
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Hi...
Adis is right.
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Can negotiation over costing be equated to collaboration in practice? if not, what's true collaboration should be on costing process? and where does collaborative costing stops and collusion begins?
The rationale is to understand the boundary between people working together to build a cost and the ones working to fix/negotiate a cost, can it be equated as the same? what's the good thing and what's the bad thing here?
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Yes saad, that's very true especially in public-sector, I've also come across that. Am now looking into the private and partnering world, and surprisingly it is not so different. Although, like you said, there are instances where good practices occur. But am beginning to ponder whether the term 'collaborative costing' only exist at the TC setting! In the case of feasibility stage cost planning and later the point where contractors/suppliers are engage is still business as usual.
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Dear All, we are doing project on Development of Model using Lean Construction Technique for minimising construction waste. for that we had frame a questionnaire so I request you please give your remark on questionnaire
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Dear Darmesh
attached you can find a work on Lean Construction and its impact on sustainability in Construction Industry
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I am keen to find out personal opinions and experience on. ‘At what stage of a construction project sees the most waste being produced as a result of bad decision making and management’ ?
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Waste starts at the preliminary stage (from feasibility study) to the hand over the project
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We know that during planning/desgin phase of a project (project scheduling) CPM/PERT analysis is carried out. But in which phase of a project crashing of CPM/PERT analysis is carried out? Is it planning/design phase or execution phase?
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To give a general answer: Crashing can take place any time after the critical path(s) is (are) identified regardless of the stage in the cycle!
This is usually a dynamic process that depends on both internal and external factors often times beyond the predictive ability of project managers!
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Project life cycle has four phases namely, (i) Initiation phase,
(ii) Planning/Design Phase (Work Breakdown Structure), (iii)
Execution/Control Phase and (iv) Closing Phase. Among these for
phases when does project purchasing process take place?
For example if ABC railway company gives a tender to construct a
bridge, then
1. When (in which phase) project agreement (purchase) will be
sanctioned with DEF construction company?
2. In which phase project identification and selection is made?
3. In which phase statement of work and project appraisal (for
proposed project) is done?
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what you mentioned is actually project procurement management which can be divided into 4 process groups; Planning, executing, monitoring and closing. I suggest you to refer pmbok guide since it is widely used as standard reference of industry best practices for project management
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As lot of work is done already, and i am new students in masters in construction project management, and doing research on IoT and its application in construction industry, i studied some papers related to IoT, but i am not coming up with a new idea or proposal. i need some suggestions about the areas of civil engineering where IoT is still not used.
Thank you in advance.
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Add chips to hand working tools, to monitor % of time each tool is being used? Monitor the power of battery charged tools and bring charged batteries (using a drone?) right before the worker runs out of battery?
Similarly - monitoring gas, oil and temperature of heavy machinery, remotely. Also doing statistical analysis of their movement efficiency.
Attaching sensors to specific components, to monitor progress of construction. Say - attaching a sensor to a beam, and the activated sensor indicates you reached some % of construction progress - thus monitoring construction schedule progress passively, centralized. You can count exactly how many beams were put up that day... and analyse variation of working speed - potentially troubleshooting the bottlenecks.
Workers can be equipped with sensors, to make sure they get enough breaks. If they had life parameters measured, you could detect when someone is becoming dehydrated, overheating or otherwise sick. Besides the obvious "supervising", to evaluate work performance. This could allow to give bonus to the top performers more efficiently, to reward personal / team performance more efficiently.
IOT in a construction site... take a 5 year old with you, and ask him to say the names of everything he knows the name of. Then find a way to attach a WiFi chip on that thing... a hammer... a shoe... a shovel ... a concrete mixer... a truck ... a tire... a drill... a wall ... IOT everything - temperature, inclination, movement, shape, weight, sound, brightness.... everything :)
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Any interesting articles or just infomation would be great.
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The use of continuous constructability review and early contracto involvement both have the potential to reduce not only physical waste on the construction site but also lost design effort during design.
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Any good topic in the world related to construction project management
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To answer Peter's question. - A string is twice as long as half its length!
To answer the original question - pick a topic that isn't fashionable today and make a real contribution. My personal favorite at this point in time is: The impact on construction quality of the use of alternative delivery methods like ECI and Alliancing.
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My intended research is titled: "Modern Methods of Construction: The potentials and challenges of using prefabrication technology for building modern houses in Afghanistan."
This study is both for my "Master Thesis" and I am also very keen to publish at least one Journal paper based on the outcomes of my research and progress in this regard.
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Thanks Mr. Samuel Frimpong. Professor Peter E.D Love, as always thanks a ton to you for being there to help with my queries so far.
Thank you so much Dr. Sunitha V. Doraisamy and Dr. Sevilay Demirkesen Çakır for providing more specific suggestions. I just wanted to see which method I can opt based on the ideas and objectives I had in my mind. I think analytical/quantitative method is what will best suit my this research. I am currently working on the questionnaire based on my research objectives and the literature review information.
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I have difficulties of identifying a "theory" for the domain of construction engineering and management, and want to hear from both engineers and researchers about what are the critical body of knowledge of construction research, and which theoretical questions are critical to construction domain for effectively applying various technologies for addressing those theoretical issues.
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I would say the iron triangle is a question of matter where the relations between project scope, time, cost, and quality management should be investigated. Even though all project management areas are of utmost importance, some are more critical depending on the construction project type. For your reference, I would be happy to share a research paper of mine that is just accepted for publication in Engineering Management Journal. It investigates the hypotheses of project management knowledge areas.
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Despite the importance to society, construction industry projects suffer frequent delays and cost increases (OLIVEIRI et al., 2016). Construction works have a huge waste and a low efficiency compared to other industries. Damage generated in infrastructure works worldwide brings losses of 1 trillion dollars worldwide (MCKINSEY & COMPANY, 2013). The delays and frequent increases in costs found in construction were the great drivers for companies to start directing a greater effort in the planning and monitoring of construction projects.
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The question about how to control cost belongs to the category of totally outdated models of control.  While other industries have successfully moved from Roman-type to preventive management, this industry is not interested in modernizing its paradigm.  While other industries have doubled, quadrupled... their productivity  (according the the Economist, Agriculture in the US had a 16 fold increase) since 1960,  productivity of construction in the US is going down and down and is now below the level of 1960. Should the entire Academia be leading the change when observing clear evidence that the "state-of-practice" is moving in the wrong direction?   Does  Academia not have the responsibility to provide leadership pave the road for a paradigm change.  However, only a tiny number of papers are published that prove with field data the hypothesis the large benefits resulting from applying the Zero Muda paradigm (in safety, quality, and productivity).  Why is that?  How many textbooks does the Construction Academia have that explain and demonstrate the effect of preventive management?  How many centuries will it take until preventive thinking is able to change the direction of the mainstream "herd of sheep"?   When will Academia ensure that every student is able to think critically, possesses skills, knowledge and confidence to not blindly accept the mantra that says: "Don't change it until its broken". Eventually, they will become the leaders.
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Hello,
I am studying Masters in Industrial Engineering and management and I am writing my thesis. I have an Idea of Implementing the Six sigma approach into plastic recycling and i need the experts to mentor me in this. Can you suggest me the ways to implement and how to continue my work? Hoping to hear from you.
Thank you
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It is easy if you follow the normal DMAIC process. It gives you a good guideline or a framework. First of all, you have to define what you are going to improve in terms of variation and what is your ideal measurement to identify the real root cause.
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I know AHP can be used to calculate weights of qualitative variables like flexibility and safety.
I want to be able to also consider quantitative variables (like cost and material handling distance) and then make a choice of the most appropriate layout design for each construction phase; while considering both the qualitative and quantitative variables together.
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Dear Uchenna
You can use TOPSIS without weights.
So, why do you want to complicate your problem?
If you want to use AHP in quantitative variables you can use these values to comnpte their relationships as you do in AHP, but here working with reliables and not estimated values correspondingt to the DM preferences
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I would like to get publications regarding challenges and problems associated with simultaneously managing spatially distributed construction sites  
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Hello Omar,
I suggest the following article:
file:///C:/Users/master/Downloads/11SO-Kane.pdf
Also, the following, although not a technical paper, does contain some useful tips:
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I am requesting you to kindly assist me in a survey I am conducting as a part of my research. It would be a great help for me if you kindly spare 15-20 minutes for this task.  
I am currently studying on the optimal planning of a standalone off-grid power supply system for a remote area using multi-criteria decision making method. The aim of this study is to investigate the intensity of importance of all the decision criteria and associated factors for integrating PV-Battery systems into diesel-based power systems, among the groups of experts including academics, industry experts and consultants/specialists. 
Your valuable contribution will enhance the research outcome. Please click the below survey questionnaire link.  
Survey questionnaire link: https://goo.gl/forms/eL1yPEetqelGKXp13
If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you for your assistance with this research project. Looking forward to your kind participation. 
Note: More detailed information, the consent information and the glossary of the terms used can be found clicking the above link.
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Dear Ashraf .. thank you very much. I have received your response. 
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Hi Kasturi,
It's great to know that you have publications on TNA which I was looking for a longtime ! Being into TechHR (SAP SuccessFactors ERP Suite ), I am interested to explore which is the best TNA Model ? Any recommendations !
Regards,
Niladri 
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I feel that it is difficult to come up with a single model that would works out everywhere. I did TNA for a banking sector years back. What I'd like to suggest is to carry out analysis from various levels: Institutional/sector specific issue, the nature of work(functions), and trainees. Moreover, the demand of the task/business and the existing KSA gap would lead to the training and development needs. In today's dynamism, particularly in the rapid technological changes, the future or potential demands also require due consideration.  
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Please, I search a lot, but I could not find what  am searched for, I need more details about grip stage if possible
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GIS is widely used in transportation planning and fixing alignment. You can use GIS data for study and by the same time you can develop good model by use of BIM. You can use civil 3D, google earth etc.
Thank You 
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please, I am a PHD student.
your answer will help me in my study. 
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thank you very much for your replies
Pease, what do you think of decision making of design phase? do you think collaboration can help in decision making by using BIM/GIS?
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Hi everyone,
I am conducting a survey on the above title.The purpose of this survey is to explore and identify whether the lack of collaboration in costing/design activities associated with the QSs, are the main barriers preventing their inclusion and partaking in collaborative practice. Therefore, the survey is seeking to identify these barriers and drivers in order to improve QSs role in costing/design and their engagement in collaborative practice.
You are invited to participate in this research project because of your knowledge and expertise in construction project delivery and collaborative practice within the UK construction industry. Your participation in this survey is vital for this research and will involve filling an online survey questionnaire that will take approximately 13 -15 minutes.
Many thanks.
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Thank you for your insightful observation peter, I will sure amend for next time.
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productivity theories of automation
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Please see the following useful link:
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Civil engineers build the 15000 ton and 200m long bridge by and parallel to the existing tracks. When completed, rotate the bridge some degrees to make a seamless connection with the rest of the viaducts&.
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Even the road connected with each village well built under national standard. Very impressive indeed.
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I'm looking for some case studies (preferably newer ones) using Geomatics Engineering ( GIS is more favorable) in sustainable development. I'll be thankful if anybody can help me with some e-books, articles etc.
Regards,
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Calling all Six Sigma or LSS professional to help me collect some data for my doctorate research. 
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i consider that six sigma sucsses varies from country to country because each country local work environment ,legal issues and organizational procedures would affect the effectivness of implementation process.
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Although aware of different dissertation types (traditional, work-based, and 'literature review') in my discipline 'construction project management' the first two types are much more prevalent. This field mainly employs social sciences research into management issues, or natural sciences research into materials. Therefore it is rare to see any dissertation without primary research. I'd be interested in opening this up for discussion to see a) in which fields is this approach more frequent, and b) what the key success criteria for dissertations that do not employ primary research would be? 
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The type of research secondary or primary or both would depend to a great extent on the objectives of the research and the reliability and accessibility of data. In case of research in Finance area with valid data bases a great amount of reported research is based on secondary data. It is usually better to triangulate the findings from different sources of data for more credibility.
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I am looking for a research topic in this area. I want to solve a problem which bridge designers encounter; or propose an improved method for design; etc. I would like to know of any of potential topics.
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Dear Dr. Rizaee,
One latest topic is designing (and implementation) of smart bridges (i.e. bridges that are actually cyber-physical systems with self-monitoring, self-regulation, self-resilience and self-tuning capabilities).
Kind regards,
Imre Horvath
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What is strategic planning of an electrical and electronic engineering department? How to prepare this planning? How it can be implemented? How to monitor the implementation of strategic planning?
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Hai Muhibul
As a chairman, technically you need to establish :
1. Resources
2. Human Resources
3. Current flow activity of your resources
4. Simplify by using Performance Index Approach
5. Define your strategic Planning, New Objective,What You want achieve during your tenure, Start formulate any positive move that can enhance all your resources activity and boost your Performance Outcomes.
6. Remember ... the task is not an individual movement but must establish your own team(choose your assistant  team meticulously, use evidence base approach) that can meet your strategic planning goal.
7. Once establish then start to do your Strategic Planning Frame Work.
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Is there any material model than can describe the non-linearity of cement mortar ?
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Hello! In order to represent the cement mortar's mechanical behavior, we have used the CDP constitutive model as shown in the attached publication (please check 3.4 Constitutive Model). Let me know if you have any issue
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I am conducting a research as part of my Master’s Thesis in BIM Management at Middlesex University to seek your views of organisational cyber-resilience.
I have a questionnaire aiming to collect feedback as part of an investigation into the feasibility of cyber-resilience in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) sector, with a focus on the BIM-enabled organisations in particular.
I would really appreciate the responses of AEC researchers. These responces will help to identify present attitudes to cyber-resilience and BIM, generate awareness through the release of the complete findings, and identify opportunities for addressing the challenges.
The questionnaire can be found in thee link attached.
Thank you in advance for your participation.
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A BIM simulation on the queuing, inclement weather and acoustic diffusion models will be useful for your investigation. 
Good luck
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A Gantt Chart is used to represent a project schedule that includes duration of individual tasks or phases, their dependencies and ordering.
- It allows the planner to assess the duration of a project, identify the resources needed, and lay out the order in which tasks need to be performed.
- It displays the start and end points of each task and the percentage of completion of each task
- Using Gantt chart each team member can view the product development schedule.
- It is useful in managing the dependencies between tasks.
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Respected Dharmesh K. Oza sir,
This information of yours is really helpful. Also, thank you very much for your inputs.
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Hi, looking for data about low-carbon city planning to help me in my MSc dissertation which will link with Value Engineering. 
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What aspects of a pre BIM Design Manager's roles remain in a BIM project?
What aspects of a pre BIM Design Manager's roles have changed in a BIM project?
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Good questions!
Yes, it'll change.
 Schedule control is one of remain aspects.
The  aspect of design deliverables  receiving has change to design team collaboration  and integration keeper.
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researches focus on the benefits of tendering stages of design and build, not the whole project stages of design and build
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thank you for all the reply :)
Shumank Deep, thank you for the attached article :) I downloaded your article, pardon me for now leave a message to you to say thank you~
Hairuddin Mohammad , my research topic focusing on tendering stages of design-build last time, but i had modified my topic last month, now i am focusing on the whole process not only tendering stage :)  Finding its benefits is to build up the literature review for my research.
I keen on researching on tendering stage of DB project is because some researchers had stated tendering stage involved high risk on cost, but there also has benefit of DB tendering stage, such as Early Contractor Involvement, DB contractor able to produce conceptual design before the contract is award. But the researching progress is not smooth, thus, in the end my research topic is modified. 
I would like to leave a private message to you later :) thanks
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I saw that in many design details of bridges.
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Basically, piers constructed monolithically with the bridge deck are advantageous in the following ways:
(i) Movement of the bridge deck is achieved by the bending deformation of long and slender piers. In this way, it saves the construction cost of bearings by using
monolithic construction between bridge deck and piers. Moreover, it is not
necessary to spend extra effort to design for drainage details and access for bearing replacement. On the other hand, in maintenance aspect substantial cost and time savings could be obtained by using monolithic construction instead of using bearings as bridge articulation.
(ii) Monolithic construction possesses the shortest effective Euler buckling length for piers because they are fixed supports at the interface between bridge deck and piers.
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A project has been delayed due to the reasons where the contractor is not at fault. There were numerous late instructions and changes in design giving rise to variations. The project was also extended by 9 months
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Dear Hoomeshwar
Delay of 9 month is too much. This delay is due to Change in Design and Instructions from client side 
Contractor has to submit each delay detail on that day Description of delay, effect of delay means Idling hrs of manpower, machinery, overhead(indirect) cost etc.
At Final stage contractor has to submit of abstract with Amount 
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I am looking for literature reviews about cross-training (multi-skilling) in any sector of construction industry including prefabrication on-site construction and infrastructure.
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@Peter E.D Love
Dear Peter,
I do not know what do you mean by coaching? Is it one of methods of flexibility?
Cross-training simply means learning extra skills to crew. It is in contrast with traditional way of working in which every worker is a specialist in doing a specific task. With cross-training of resources we are training workforce to gain extra competencies as a result in number of tasks could be allocated to them.
Regarding what do I mean by workforce cross-training consider this example. Consider a worker who is a specialist in concrete work by cross-training we learn this worker how to also work still structures. . As a result if a worker is absent his job could be done by another worker who is crosstrained to do that extra job. Also, when a specific product demands high amount of working in a specific task, crosstrained worker can come and help other crew to finish the job faster.
Please let me know if my answer was convincing for you.
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Upon applying multiple regression analysis,I got the following equation:
Project Delay=.552+.169(Owner Related Delays)+.163(Contractor Related Delays)+.111(Consultant Related Delays)+.096(Project Related Delays)+.120(Contract Related Delays) +.135 (External Related Delays)
Each of my independent variable consists of various delay factors related to the respective delay group.Suppose that i want to put some value in "Owner related delays",How will i measure that?
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The straightforward solution to this problem is that, you have to replace the Owner Related Delays = 1 (or whatever delay's impact you want to check on overall project delay) and put 0 in other types of delays and calculate the equation. This solution would give you the delay caused by one unit 'Owner related Delay'. For example putting Owner related delay = 1 and all other delays = 0 (to control their impact). We get following equation.
Project Delay=.552+.169(1)+.163(0)+.111(0)+.096(0)+.120(0) +.135 (0)
Project Delay = 0.552 + 0.169 = 0.721
That means, one unit delay by Owner related delay would mean total 0.721 unit delays. (0.552 is constant, which means this delay is inevitable in any circumstance). 
I hope this above solution clarified your problem.
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With many advocating for collaboration and integrated approaches in modern construction;
1. How can the Quantity Surveyors (QSs) be part of a relational contract?
2. Are there opportunities for them to be part of a collaborative teams in design and construction? or woul