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Title: A lifecycle information management solution for built environment facilities
Author: Pekeriçli, Mehmet Koray
ISNI:       0000 0004 2721 3129
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2010
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A lifecycle information management solution utilising parametric design tools, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, and mobile computers was proposed for built environment facilities. It is argued that data, information, and performance characteristics of materials and components in a facility in use can be captured and fed back to members of design and construction teams by employing Information Technology (IT) tools. The research follows an inductive approach, and has an exploratory nature. A combination of social and engineering research methods were utilised. For understanding the scope of the problem, literature review and surveying techniques including interviews, workshops, and focus group studies were used. For investigating a technical solution, literature review, brainstorming sessions, prototype development, and demonstration techniques were used. Black box technology was chosen as an analogy to guide and aid developing the solution. Parametric design tools, RFID tags, mobile computers, and networking technologies were identified as candidates for being parts of the solution. Issues pertaining to the implementation of the solution using these technologies were investigated from technical, human, and organisational perspectives. A lifecycle information management solution incorporating the aforementioned technologies was devised and a functional prototype tool combining relevant hardware and software was developed. The main contribution to knowledge is the demonstration of a real need and case for the application of lifecycle information management solutions in UK construction sector. The research has identified a small step in offering a solution. The question is very wide and beyond the scope of any single thesis to provide an operational solution. However, this research has shown that it is possible to link design, production, and maintenance information by using technology from other industry sectors. The research identified that the human and organisational issues were of paramount importance. The temptation is to focus always on a technology solution. The research has shown that the technology solution must be balanced with the human and organisational interface issues.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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