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Process Platforms for Onsite Assemblies: A Case Study of Work Break Down Structures in SMEs
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6373-5352
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction.
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2020 (English)In: ICCREM 2020: Intelligent Construction and Sustainable Buildings: Proceedings of the International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management 2020 / [ed] Yaowu Wang, Thomas Olofsson, Geoffrey Q. P. Shen, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2020, p. 190-197Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Industrialized house-building companies predefine parameters in platforms. To identify processes platforms the use of work break down structures that support the assembly processes for small house building companies were studied. A case study of the onsite assembly activities were chosen at one small Swedish house builder that offer customization within their products. Based on the assembly processes, a work breakdown structure of the workflow predefinitions was identified for the process that didn’t compromise with product customization. Small companies can predefine elements within the product to simplify the work process on site. The work break down structure becomes a tool to find parts and process that predefine a house building platform. It can also be used for planning, delivery, cost, and resources in an overall view of the project. Because of the importance of planning during projects, together with the possible standardization of the company’s process, the use of a work break down could contribute to increase efficiency for onsite work.

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American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2020. p. 190-197
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Construction Management
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Construction Management and Building Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-81174DOI: 10.1061/9780784483237.023Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85108172776OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-81174DiVA, id: diva2:1477305
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2020 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management (ICCREM 2020), 24-25 August, 2020, Virtual
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ISBN för värdpublikation: 978-0-7844-8323-7

Available from: 2020-10-19 Created: 2020-10-19 Last updated: 2024-05-02Bibliographically approved
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1. Development of Adaptable Information Structures for House-Building Reusability
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Development of Adaptable Information Structures for House-Building Reusability
2024 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The house-building industry is increasingly recognizing the importance of information, viewing it as key for driving sustainable construction. This acknowledgment highlights that informed decision-making, based on the effective use of information, can enhance all phases of house-building. Sustainable house-building demands an integration of diverse information, technologies, and standards, necessitating the increased use of information to support decision-making. In response, the industry is focusing more on the capture, management, and storage of information. Despite significant investments in these areas, the full potential of this information is not yet realized due to the lack of and poor use of structured information systems. Furthermore, the information produced is often tailored for specific segments, leading to the creation of information silos that isolate data, making it difficult to collaborate across different stakeholder groups. While the benefits of structured information are widely acknowledged, the integration of structured data and information technologies in house building is impeded by unintuitive and fragmented information management practices. Additionally, many current information systems in the industry still emulate paper-based document structures, continuing the use of unstructured and non-standardized data. To address these challenges, this thesis explores the development of information structures that facilitate reusability across house-building projects and explores the integration of visualization techniques into these development methodologies. By employing cross-case analysis as the scientific method, this study evaluates findings from multiple cases to identify common themes and patterns, thereby enhancing the understanding of the observed phenomena by effectively comparing and contrasting findings from individual case studies.

The findings of this thesis underscores the delicate balance required in information structures to effectively blend standardization with project-specific flexibility. Effective reuse in house-building necessitates an equilibrium between these approaches to achieve both widespread applicability and project-specific relevance. The case studies analyzed illustrate how navigating this balance can enhance communication, foster collaboration, and ensure adherence to established procedures. This balance is crucial because information visualization can falter when skewed too far towards either extreme of this spectrum. Over-standardization can hinder the application to specific project nuances, while excessive customization may complicate data collection and visualization, requiring substantial resources to format and prepare. Therefore, developing reusable information structures depends on achieving a middle ground that is neither overly standardized nor excessively tailored.

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Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2024
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Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
Keywords
Standardization, Project-Unique, Reusability, Flexibility, Information Structures, Breakdown Structures, Digitalization
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Construction Management Building Technologies
Research subject
Construction Management and Building Technology
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urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-105320 (URN)978-91-8048-566-1 (ISBN)978-91-8048-567-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2024-06-14, E632, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, 11:00 (English)
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Available from: 2024-05-03 Created: 2024-05-02 Last updated: 2024-05-24Bibliographically approved

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