The impact of information technology on the role and sustainability of the construction professional

S. Miwa, J. Savicky, D. Kashiwagi, D. Parmar

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Abstract

The role of the construction engineer has been changing in the last few years. The construction industry is moving from the traditional design-bid-build delivery process to alternate delivery processes such as design-build, construction management at risk, and indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ). This signals a change to designers and engineers who are delivering construction as a commodity. This paper considers the delivery of construction as an outsourcing process, a supply chain process, and identifies functions and positions as the key elements in designers and engineers role in an optimized delivery process. The worldwide price pressures and the information technology will force all processes to be information based and set in an information environment. Clear identification of functions, transfer of liability, and performing only core competencies will be required. This paper analyzes the designers and engineers role in such an environment. The paper uses the information based Performance Information Procurement System (PIPS) and the case study of the State of Hawaii to test the hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSCE 31st Annual Conf. Proceedings
Subtitle of host publication2003 Building our Civilization - 5th Construc. Specialty Conf., 8th Environ. and Sustainable Eng. Specialty Conf. and Offshore Engineering Specialty Conference
Pages1060-1066
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
EventCanadian Society for Civil Engineering - 31st Annual Conference: 2003 Building our Civilization - Moncton, NB, Canada
Duration: Jun 4 2003Jun 7 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings, Annual Conference - Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
Volume2003

Other

OtherCanadian Society for Civil Engineering - 31st Annual Conference: 2003 Building our Civilization
CountryCanada
CityMoncton, NB
Period6/4/036/7/03

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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