Publications / 2009 Proceedings of the 26th ISARC, Austin, USA

Workflow Re-Engineering for Implementing a 4D Construction Management Tool in a Design-Build Project

Meng-Han Tsai, Abdul Matin Md, Shih-Chung Kang, Shang-Hsien Hsieh
Pages 476-482 (2009 Proceedings of the 26th ISARC, Austin, USA, ISBN 978-0-578-02312-0, ISSN 2413-5844)

The use of 4D management tool in construction industry has been growing rapidly in recent years in response to soaring demands on efficient construction management. Successful implementation of this tool in an engineering firm for use in real projects is still challenging. This paper shares the experience on implementing an in-house 4D management tool in a large EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) firm that has extended reputation on design-build projects. A new workflow was proposed that takes full advantage of the 4D tool to enhance construction management performance and minimizes impacts on the firm's existing workflow. The workflow development for the firm to implement 4D management tool in real project was done by interviewing key personnel in multiple departments of the firm and by carefully examining probable impacts of the 4D tool's introduction into the firm's business processes.

Keywords: 4D management tool, design-build, workflow.