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Publication Citation: Impacts of Design/Information Technology on Project Outcomes

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Author(s): Stephen R. Thomas; S H. Lee; J D. Spencer; R L. Tucker; Robert E. Chapman;
Title: Impacts of Design/Information Technology on Project Outcomes
Published: July 01, 2004
Abstract: This paper describes a collaborative effort by industry, government, and academia to evaluate the use of design/information technology (D/IT) and to relate the degree of use to project performance. A detailed statistical analysis of 297 projects in the Construction Industry Institute (CII) database is used to produce baseline measures of performance and D/IT use. The relationship between these measures is used to assess the economic value of using the technologies. A set of projects that excelled in the use of D/IT and that scored high on performance measures is then examined. These exemplary projects provide a basis for further in depth analyses through on-site interviews with key project representatives. The results of this study establish that projects benefit from D/IT use. Both owners and contractors can expect construction cost savings of approximately 4 percent by increasing the use of D/IT. For owners there is clear evidence of schedule compression as well. Although the statistical analyses do not support schedule compression benefits for contractors, findings from the on-site interviews provide anecdotal support.
Citation: Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
Volume: 130
Issue: 4
Pages: pp. 586 - 597
Keywords: building economics;construction;design/information technologies;economic value;technology implementation
Research Areas: Building and Fire Research
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