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Distributed Intelligence in Design by Benachir Medjdoub, Tuba Kocatürk

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12 Examples of distributed intelligence on large-scale building lifecycle projects

Martin Riese

The global industry of the built environment has entered a period of substantial transition that is largely being brought about by the implementation of mature technologies and their associated new working practices. Measurable improvements in quality and productivity are being realised in other industries in which such technologies and working practices were implemented earlier on. These benefits are now also coming to the industry of the built environment. This implementation of new technologies and working practices is a key element in the movement to bring about global ‘construction industry transformation’. A new generation of project teams is working remotely to create, aggregate and manage large, highly complex, three-dimensional design and construction information databases collaboratively over the internet. Previously, problems resulting from incomplete coordination and errors in two-dimensional project information were almost universally experienced on construction sites. These are now being identified and corrected earlier on in the process. As a result, better-quality buildings are being delivered, on time and with reduced abortive works and post-construction claims.

Emerging advanced modelling and simulation technologies are being connected directly to three-dimensional design and construction databases to enable preliminary designs to be informed by knowledge from downstream ...

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