Concurrent Engineering (CE) is a systematic approach to the integrated and concurrent design of products and related processes, including aspects as diverse as manufacture and support. It is only now being carefully applied to the construction sector and offers considerable potential for increasing efficiency and effectiveness. It enables developers to consider all elements of a building or structure's life cycle from the conception stage right through to disposal, and to include issues of quality, cost, schedule, and user requirements.
Drawing together papers that reflect various research efforts on the implementation of CE in construction projects, Concurrent Engineering in Construction presents construction professionals and academics with the key issues and technologies important for CE's adoption, starting with fundamental concepts and then going on to the role of organisational enablers and advanced information and communication technologies, then providing conclusions and suggestions of future directions.
1. Introduction to Concurrent Engineering in Construction 2. Foundations of Concurrent Engineering 3. Readiness Assessment for Concurrent Engineering in Construction 4. The ‘Voice of the Client’ Within a Concurrent Engineering Context 5. Procurement, Contracts and Conditions of Engagement Within a Concurrent Engineering Context 6. Process Management for Concurrent Lifecycle Design and Construction 7. Ontologies and Standards-Based Approaches to Interoperability for Concurrent Engineering 8. Integrated Product and Process Modelling for Concurrent Engineering 9. Document Management in Concurrent Lifecycle Design and Construction 10. Enabling Concurrent Engineering through 4D CAD 11. Telepresence Environment for Concurrent Lifecycle Design and Construction 12. Support for Users within a CE environment 13. Concluding Notes