Identifying Potential Innovative Technologies and Management Approaches for Design Standardization

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Conference Proceeding

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ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering 2019


American Society of Civil Engineers

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Altanta, GA



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In 2017, the Construction Industry Institute (CII)’s Upstream, Midstream, and Mining Commodity Market (UMMC) Research Team was established to explore design standardization through collaborative research. The RT’s essential research question is: “How can higher levels of facility design standardization be achieved in the UMM sector?” To tackle this research question, the RT identified and organized 38 innovative technologies and management approaches from various sectors. Based on various innovation theories and practices, the RT generated unique standardization applications for the UMMC sector and assessed the impact and likelihood of occurrences of their applications in the UMM sector. The results show that innovative technologies and management approaches such as modularization, mobile user interface devices, wireless networks for construction sites (WLAN), stakeholder engagement and alignment, and automated design have high impact toward overall design standardization that are likely to occur within the next five years. The analysis provides a snapshot to practitioners achieve higher levels of design standardization that will lead to greater predictability, increased agility, and increased cost-effectiveness of capital projects. The managerial implications of adopting innovative technologies and management approaches are also discussed.


Civil and Environmental Engineering | Engineering



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