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Modern project collaboration: Web-based application in construction

Kam, A; (2005) Modern project collaboration: Web-based application in construction. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Fragmentation is one of the biggest weaknesses in the construction industry that has lasted for a long time. For sure it requires the support and application of new techniques and technologies to modernise in order to deal with the recurring problems. The traditional way of working and paper-based systems introduced the barrier of project collaboration and inefficiency in exchanging information. With the application of information technology, project teams are finding solutions to eliminate the disintegration when working with each other. The user of Project Extranet acts as the interface across the network and the system is designed for improving the business-to-business relationship. Notwithstanding the business opportunities leveraged through technology, or new technology exploited by the business, both initiatives are necessary for full realisation of the strategic of information technology. This paper aims to see the web-based application which uses the modern information flow in restructuring and bringing the team together. It also reflects the problems and recommendations highlight in both Latham (1996) and Egan (1998) Reports. By investigating the key issues relating to the web-based system approach, it obtains deep understandings of stakeholders' perspective and its impacts to collaboration. Primary research and a case study in a live commercial project that uses the Project Extranet, are developed to analyse the influence of project collaboration in practice. The aim of this dissertation is to see how the web- based applications enable effective real-time information flows, communication and knowledge sharing across the project team in strengthening collaboration and whether the immature construction Extranet market provides any return on investment.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Modern project collaboration: Web-based application in construction
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569457
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