Managing knowledge in the context of sustainable construction

Shelbourn, M, Bouchlaghem, D, Anumba, C, Carrillo, P, Khalfan, M and Glass, J, 2006. Managing knowledge in the context of sustainable construction. Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 11, pp. 57-71. ISSN 1874-4753

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The 21st century has been a growing awareness of the importance of the sustainability agenda. Moreover for construction, it has become increasingly important as clients are pushing for a more sustainable product to complement their organisations’ own strategic plans. Sustainable development can be defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainable construction is therefore seen as the application of sustainable practices to the activities of the construction sector. One of the key factors in making construction projects more sustainable is overcoming the obstacles of capturing and managing the knowledge required by project teams to effect such change. Managing this knowledge is key to the construction industry because of the unique characteristics of its projects, i.e. multi-disciplinary teams, dynamic participation of team members, heavy reliance on previous experiences/heuristics, the one-off nature of the projects, tight schedules, limited budget, etc. Initiatives within the industry and academic research are developing mechanisms and tools for managing knowledge in construction firms and projects. Such work has so far addressed the issues of capturing, storing, and transferring knowledge.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Information Technology in Construction
Creators: Shelbourn, M., Bouchlaghem, D., Anumba, C., Carrillo, P., Khalfan, M. and Glass, J.
Publisher: International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction
Date: 2006
Volume: 11
ISSN: 1874-4753
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:08
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 14:27

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