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  Volume 2, Number 2, April 2017 , pages 089-105

Evaluation of current practice and associated challenges towards integrated design
Abdelaziz H. Fadoul and Walid Tizani

    The AEC industry is highly interested in effective ICT adoption and deployment, including its utilization within the design process. However, its capabilities have not yet been fully exploited and it is an obvious area for further research. Architects and engineers tend to have some technological support to monitor and evaluate the possible impacts of decisions made throughout the design process. Many aspects are left out of consideration and the entire project is broken up into independent fragments or domains that are combined together at a later, post hoc stage. Impact of separate decisions on each others have to be interpreted on a person-to-person basis between the involved design stakeholders. This paper attempts to evaluate current design practice and associated challenges towards design integration with advanced technologies, such as BIM, by conducting an online survey targeted at designers and engineers, who are most affected by its emerging issues. The outcomes of this study are presented and analysed, concluding that the current design process fails to meet expectations and needs improvements. It goes further to propose the requirements for an integrated system as a means for an effective solution for the identified problem.
Key Words
    integrated design; evaluation; current practice; integrated platform; online survey; designers
Abdelaziz H. Fadoul and Walid Tizani: Centre for Structural Engineering and Informatics (CSEI), Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, Coates Building, NG7 2RD, Nottingham, United Kingdom

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