2015, 11(4): 1285-1300. doi: 10.3934/jimo.2015.11.1285

A multidimensional information model for managing construction information

1. 

State Key Laboratory of Hydraulic Engineering Simulation, and Safety at Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, China, China, China

2. 

State Key Laboratory of Hydraulic Engineering Simulation and Safety, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China

Received  February 2014 Revised  October 2014 Published  March 2015

With the increasing scale of construction projects, coupled with their complexity, information management in the construction process becomes more complex and trivial. Moreover, the communication among project participants is hindered by the large amount and scattered structure of the information involved in the construction process. Most present studies on the information management of construction focus on the special needs of construction sectors rather than a total information integration of general aspects. This paper presents a multidimensional information model that combines Workflow, Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) and Time factor to manage information based on process control. Unlike previous researches, the present work puts emphasis on process control to enhance the communication process. The proposed information model uses the WBS and Time factor to manage information in the spatial and time dimension and control the process information of each work package during project execution through the workflow technology. In order to test the proposed information model, a web-based project management system (WPMS) was developed using the three layer architecture. The system structure realizes the invisible logic of the information model through the business logic layer and the data access layer. The system has been applied to a construction project of an underground cavern group in a hydropower project in the southwest of China. The application has shown that it achieves managing information based on process control and provides structured information.
Citation: Rui Wang, Denghua Zhong, Yuankun Zhang, Jia Yu, Mingchao Li. A multidimensional information model for managing construction information. Journal of Industrial & Management Optimization, 2015, 11 (4) : 1285-1300. doi: 10.3934/jimo.2015.11.1285
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References:
[1]

O. Abudayyeh, B. Temel, H. Al-Tabtabai and B. Hurley, An intranet-based cost control system,, Advances in Engineering Software, 32 (2001), 87. doi: 10.1016/S0965-9978(00)00094-6.

[2]

R. Agrawal, A. Gupta and S. Sarawagi, Modeling multidimensional databases,, Data Engineering, (1997), 232. doi: 10.1109/ICDE.1997.581777.

[3]

B. C. Björk, The impact of electronic document management on construction information management,, Proc. of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, (2002), 12.

[4]

B. Burcin, K. Ku and F. Jazizadeh, BIM-enabled virtual and collaborative construction engineering and management,, Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education, 138 (2012), 234.

[5]

R. Campbell, It All Ends in Tiers,, SIGC Application Development Advisor, (1997).

[6]

A. P. Chassiakos and S. P. Sakellaropoulos, A web-based system for managing construction information,, Advances in Engineering Software, 39 (2008), 865. doi: 10.1016/j.advengsoft.2008.05.006.

[7]

S. O. Cheung, H. C Suen and K. K. Cheung, PPMS: a web-based construction project performance monitoring system,, Automation in Construction, 13 (2004), 361. doi: 10.1016/j.autcon.2003.12.001.

[8]

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[9]

N. Dawood, A. Akinsola and B. Hobbs, Development of automated communication of system for managing site information using internet technology,, Automation in Construction, 11 (2002), 557. doi: 10.1016/S0926-5805(01)00066-8.

[10]

L. Y. Ding, Y. Zhou and H. B. Luo, Using nD technology to develop an integrated construction management system for city rail transit construction,, Automation in Construction, 21 (2012), 64. doi: 10.1016/j.autcon.2011.05.013.

[11]

C. García, G. Garci-aaa, F. Sarria and D. Echeverry, Internet-based solutions to the fragmentation of the construction process,, Computing in Civil Engineering, (1998), 573.

[12]

D. Hajjar and S. M. AbouRizk, Integrating document management with project and company data,, Journal of Computing in civil Engineering, 14 (2000), 70. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)0887-3801(2000)14:1(70).

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J. Han, M. Kamber and J. Pei, Data Mining: Concepts And Techniques,, $3^{nd}$ edition, (2012).

[14]

L. Khemlani, Top Criteria for BIM Solutions: AECBytes Survey Results,, AECbytes Special Report, (2007).

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S. Liu, C. A. McMahon and S. J. Culley, A review of structured document retrieval (SDR) technology to improve information access performance in engineering document management,, Computers in Industry, 59 (2008), 3. doi: 10.1016/j.compind.2007.08.001.

[16]

Z. L. Ma, H. Li, Q. P. Shen and J. Yang, Using XML to support information exchange in construction projects,, Automation in Construction, 13 (2004), 629.

[17]

T. Madhusudan, J. L. Zhao and B. Marshall, A case based reasoning framework for workflow model management,, Data & Knowledge Engineering, 50 (2004), 87. doi: 10.1016/j.datak.2004.01.005.

[18]

A. H. Mokhtar, Coordinating and customizing design information through the internet,, Eng Construct Architect Manage, 9 (2001), 222. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-232X.2002.00257.x.

[19]

P. Nitithamyong and M. J. Skibniewski, Web-based construction project management systems: How to make them successful?,, Automation in construction, 13 (2004), 491. doi: 10.1016/j.autcon.2004.02.003.

[20]

P. Nitithamyong and M. J. Skibniewski, Success/failure factors and performance measures of web-based construction project management systems: professionals' viewpoint,, Journal of construction engineering and management, 132 (2006), 80. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2006)132:1(80).

[21]

P. Nitithamyong and M. J. Skibniewski, Key success/failure factors and their impacts on system performance of web-based project management systems in construction,, ITcon, 12 (2007), 39.

[22]

R. Orfali, D. Harkey and J. Edwards, CORBA, Java, and the Object Web,, BYTE, 2 (1997), 95.

[23]

D. Pountain and J. Montgomery, Web components,, BYTE, 2 (1997), 56.

[24]

A. Qady and A. Kandil, Document Management in Construction: Practices and Opinions,, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, (2013).

[25]

Y. Rezgui and P. Debras, An Integrated Approach for a Model Based Document Production and Management,, Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, (1996).

[26]

M. J. Skibniewski and G. A. Vecino, Web-based project management framework for dredging projects,, Journal of Management in Engineering, 28 (2011), 127. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000070.

[27]

V. D. A. Wil and K. M. V. Hee, Workflow Management,, MIT Press, (2002).

[28]

Y. N. Wu and N. Yao, Framework system design of construction project document management during the initial phase based on WBS,, Wireless Communications, (2007), 5248. doi: 10.1109/WICOM.2007.1285.

[29]

Y. Zhou, L. Y. Ding and L. J. Chen, Application of 4D visualization technology for safety management in metro construction,, Automation in Construction, 34 (2013), 25. doi: 10.1016/j.autcon.2012.10.011.

[30]

Y. Zhu and R. A. Raja, Viewer controllable visualization for construction document processing,, Automation in Construction, 12 (2003), 255. doi: 10.1016/S0926-5805(02)00089-4.

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