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Title: Life-Cycle Management of Construction Projects Based on Virtual Prototyping Technology
Authors: Guo, H
Li, H 
Skitmore, M
Keywords: Construction management
Life cycles
Information management
Issue Date: Jan-2010
Publisher: ASCE
Source: Journal of Management in Engineering, Jan. 2010, v. 26, no. 1, p. 41-47 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Management in Engineering 
Abstract: Life-cycle management (LCM) has been employed in the management of construction projects for many years in order to reduce whole life cost, time, risk and improve the service to owners. However, owing to lack of an effective information sharing platform, the current LCM of construction projects is not effectively used in the construction industry. Based upon the analysis of the information flow of LCM, a virtual prototyping (VP)-based communication and collaboration information platform is proposed. Following this, the platform is customized using DASSAULT software. The whole process of implementing the VP-based LCM of projects is analyzed via the application to a real-life construction project. The advantages of implementing a VP-based LCM are also discussed and, from a simple case study, it is demonstrated that the VP-based communication and collaboration information platform is an effective tool to support the LCM of construction projects.
ISSN: 1943-5479 (online)
0742-597X (print)
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0742-597X(2010)26:1(41)
Rights: Journal of Management in Engineering © 2010 ASCE. The published version in ASCE's Engineering Database is located at:
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