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Understanding I.T. in construction [electronic resource] /
Ming Sun and Rob Howard.
imprint
London ; New York : Spon Press, 2004.
description
xvii, 187 p. : ill.
ISBN
0415231906 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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London ; New York : Spon Press, 2004.
isbn
0415231906 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
10028959
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [180]-183) and index.
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Main Description
In recent years, Information Technology (IT) has been transforming business practice in many sectors resulting in efficiency gains and improved services for the client. The construction industry lags behind other manufacturing and service industries in adopting the new technology. To promote the wider use of IT in construction, it is essential to equip practitioners and graduates of construction related disciplines with knowledge of existing construction IT applications. This book provides an overview of a broad range of IT applications currently available for all stages throughout the life cycle of a building project, from essential office and information management through to computer-aided design (CAD), cost estimating, project planning and scheduling, and facilities management and building maintenance. It is an invaluable and handy reference for construction professionals and clients, as well as being a clear and comprehensive text for students studying construction, building or architectural courses.
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Provides an overview of the range of IT applications available to the construction professional throughout the life cycle of a building project, from essential office management through CAD, cost estimating and facilities management and maintenance. A handy reference for the professional and a clear, comprehensive text for the student.
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In recent years, Information Technology (IT) has been transforming business practice in many sectors resulting in efficiency gains and improved services for the client. The construction industry lags behind other manufacturing and service industries in adopting the new technology. To promote the wider use of IT in construction, it is essential to equip practitioners and graduates of construction related disciplines with knowledge of existing construction IT applications. This book provides an overview of a broad range of IT applications currently available for all stages throughout the life cycle of a building project from essential office and information management through to computer-aided design (CAD), cost estimating, project planning and scheduling, and facilities management and building maintenance. It is an invaluable and handy reference for construction professionals and clients, as well as being a clear and comprehensive text for students studying construction, building or architectural courses.
Main Description
The construction industry has been slow to utilize information technology effectively, and slower still to grasp the ways in which the multitude of design, calculation, specification and project management software applications relate to each other. This text provides an overview of the range of IT applications available to the construction professional throughout the life cycle of a building project, from essential office management through CAD, cost estimating and facilities management and maintenance. It will be an invaluable handy reference for the professional grappling with new technology, another member of the building team or a demanding client, and a clear, comprehensive text for the student.
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This text provides an overview of IT applications available to the construction professional throughout the life cycle of a building project from essential office management through CAD, cost estimating and facilities management and maintenance.
Table of Contents
Overview of IT Applications in Construction
Learning objectives
Introduction
The Information Age
Computer Technology
Computer Network
Local Area Network/Wide Area Network
Internet
Intranet/Extranet
Virtual Private Network
Construction and Computers
Features of the Construction Industry
The Construction Process
Computerisation in Construction
IT Usage In Construction Team
IT Construction Best Practice Programme
Overview of Construction Applications
Business and Information Management
Computer Aided Design and Visualisation
Building Engineering Applications
Computer Aided Cost Estimating
Planning, Scheduling and Site Management
Computer Aided Facilities Management
Integration
Other Types of Applications
On-line Resources
Summary
Discussion Questions
Business and Information Management
Learning objectives
Introduction
Fundamentals of Management and Information
Management Theory
Data, Information and Knowledge
Management Information Systems
The Latham and Egan reports
Professional Office Management
Business Process Reengineering
The Five Forces Model
Changing Requirements and Business Strategies
Business Transformation
An Example of Partnering
Knowledge Management
The Conversion of Knowledge
Process of Knowledge Management
Knowledge Based Systems
Information management
New Techniques for Managing Information
Electronic Document Management
Collaborative working systems
E-business
Growth Patterns
Types of E-business
Portals
Procurement and Management of IT Systems
IT System Procurement
IT System Management
On-line resources
Summary
Discussion Questions
CAD and Visualisation
Learning Objectives
Introduction
Computer Aided Design and Drafting
CAD Fundamentals
The Coordinate Systems
Drawing Environment Settings
Drawing Template
Drawing with CAD
Creating Objects
Editing
Annotations
Blocks and External References
Grid and Snap
Layering
File Format
Benefits and limitations of 2D CAD
Three dimensional (3D) Modelling
Wireframe Model
Surface Model
Solid Model
Visualisation and Animation
The Visualisation Process
Rendering
Animation
Virtual reality
VR Concept
Different Types of VR
VR Display Systems
VR Input Devices
Virtual Reality Modelling Language
Comparison between VR and Other Visualisation
VR Applications in Construction
On-line Resources
Summary
Discussion Questions
Building Engineering Applications
Learning objectives
Introduction
Engineering Design
Building Simulation
Energy Analysis Systems
Lighting Analysis Systems
HVAC Design Systems
Structural Analysis
On-line resources
Summary
Discussion Questions
Computer Aided Cost Estimating
Learning objectives
Introduction
Cost estimating principles
Unit Cost Estimating
Quantity Take-off
Labour Costs
Materials, Equipment and Subcontractors
Indirect Costs
Compilation, Analysis and Reporting
Computer aided estimating
Spreadsheet Applications
Basic Concepts
Constructing Formulas
What-if Analysis
Graphic Outputs
Customised Applications
Evaluation of Spreadsheet
Cost estimating software
Electronic Bill of Quantities
Link BoQ to Cost Libraries
Cost Analysis
Producing Reports.
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