Publications / 2003 Proceedings of the 20th ISARC, Eindhoven, Holland

Analysis of the Most Commonly Used Platforms for the Management of Construction Projects in Spain

Nuria Forcada, Miquel Casals, Xavier Roca
Pages 525-530 (2003 Proceedings of the 20th ISARC, Eindhoven, Holland, ISBN 978-90-6814-574-8, ISSN 2413-5844)

The 1990s have seen a technological shift in the construction sector from IT driven solutions to IT enabling ones. Not only IT companies but also construction companies are continually investing, evaluating and focusing on new technologies to create collaborative spaces among different participants geographically dispersed and to share information among partners in the design phase, in the supply chain, in the construction process, etc. Many different services are there in Internet for the construction sector that fall into four categories: One of the services are electronic brochures that are portals based around manufactured product and tend to duplicate paper-based catalogues. There are also on-line portals, which enable e-commerce and have links to Standards, industry news, databases of selected professionals in the industry, etc. For the management of construction projects we can find project collaboration services or extranets that are focused on tools and services that make it easier to manage the AEC projects. Common services include backing up files, keeping a document revision history, tracking who accesses what files. Finally, there are full service portals. In addition to project management tools, full-service portals provide services such as community forums where you can chat with other project managers and share knowledge resources. Other services may include online catalogs for finding materials and subcontractors. In this Paper we will expose the different kind of IT services that are available for the construction sector in Spain and some examples of how various companies have taken advantage of this new methodologies

Keywords: Construction Project Management, Platforms, Web services