Managing information to unblock supplier-led innovation in construction

Published: 23 April 2013

The aim is to reduce client uncertainty in deciding whether to initiate construction projects by developing proposals for instruments designed for the industrial construction process.

To develop these new instruments, the project intends to

  1. study the client's current instruments, which are mainly developed based on the traditional construction and therefore adapted to this,
  2. study the specific requirements of an industrial construction setting, and
  3. compare clients' instruments with these requirements in order to identify any gaps and barriers to clients that, in deciding whether to initiate construction projects, take into account industrial construction options alongside more traditional.

Industrial construction is based on other requirements and other requirements for players in the construction sector than the traditional, non-industrial, construction does. At an industrial construction contractor, for example through their chosen production process depends on deadlines are clearly defined, and they are not changed or broken. In cases where this happens, this is fraught with inefficiencies and additional costs for the client. Prior knowledge of the methodologies and contractual principles, which also serve as instruments for clients of construction projects, also can not be entirely straightforward application in industrial construction. Although industrial construction may potentially offer attractive possibilities, such as a well-defined product, favorable conditions for quality management, monitoring and a safer investment calculation, so it is still fraught with uncertainty for clients of construction projects to choose an industrial building.

The "Purchaser role in an industrial building in wood" aims to reduce the client's uncertainty when deciding whether to initiate construction projects by developing proposals for instruments designed for the industrial construction process. To develop these new instruments, the project intends to (1) study the client's current instruments, which are mainly developed based on the traditional construction and therefore adapted to this (2) study the specific requirements of an industrial construction sets and (3) compare the client's instruments with these requirements in order to identify any gaps and barriers to clients that, in deciding whether to initiate construction projects, take into account industrial construction options alongside more traditional. (1) - (3) are in the specific aims of the project.

In the "Purchaser role in an industrial building in wood 'retrieved empiricism from the interaction between client and industrial builders in real construction projects. Data material collected through interviews with key people (clients and industrial building contractors) in the studied construction projects, through observations of ongoing construction projects and through the collection and study of secondary data sources in the form of documentation that are linked to the studied construction projects. Conclusions from these qualitative studies are followed up in a survey aimed at purchasers and industrial builders. Conclusions and lessons learned from the project is fed back to the studies of parties by a "handbook for buyers of industrial construction."

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Susanne Engström

Engström, Susanne - Senior Lecturer

Organisation: Construction Management and Building Technology , Industrialized and sustainable construction, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 491921
Room: F963 - Luleå»