Successful Failures: Who is to Blame?

Arvind Pappu, Avi Wiezel

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Abstract

The Construction Research and Education for Advanced Technology Environments (CREATE) research group has been formed in the late 1990'es under the auspices of the Del. E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University. A consortium of 33 companies involved in advanced technology facility design and construction, the purpose of CREATE is to explore, develop, and conduct research to provide innovative and practical ways to improve the delivery process of advanced technology facilities. Completely funded by the participating companies, the research projects are selected to benefit all the participants in the consortium. This article presents a case study of a particular research project, the Design and Installation time Calculator (DITC). Based on a productivity model developed as part of the research, the DITC has evolved into a fully functional program which evaluates the man-hours required to install manufacturing tools for each trade involved. The prediction of the man-hours is based on variables such as type of design (2D CAD or manual vs. 3D-CAD), description of connections, size of the tool and ease of routing through the waffle floor. The case-study concentrates on the causes that ultimately hindered the implementation of the DITC within the same companies which fully supported its development and present the lessons learned for developing industry-wide programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTowards a Vision for Information Technology in Civil Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Fourth Joint International Symposium on Information Technology in Civil Engineering
EditorsI. Flood, I. Flood
Pages31-35
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
EventTowards a Vision for Information Technology in Civil Engineering: Proceedings of the Fourth Joint International Symposium on Information Technology in Civil Engineering - Hashville, TN, United States
Duration: Nov 15 2003Nov 16 2003

Publication series

NameTowards a Vision for Information Technology in Civil Engineering

Other

OtherTowards a Vision for Information Technology in Civil Engineering: Proceedings of the Fourth Joint International Symposium on Information Technology in Civil Engineering
CountryUnited States
CityHashville, TN
Period11/15/0311/16/03

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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Pappu, A., & Wiezel, A. (2003). Successful Failures: Who is to Blame? In I. Flood, & I. Flood (Eds.), Towards a Vision for Information Technology in Civil Engineering: Proceedings of the Fourth Joint International Symposium on Information Technology in Civil Engineering (pp. 31-35). (Towards a Vision for Information Technology in Civil Engineering).