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Improving Efficiency and Productivity in the Construction Sector Through the Use of Information Technologies

Initiated in fall 2010, CEFRIO’s project "Improving the efficiency and productivity of the construction sector through IT" was done in partnership with the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC‐IRAP) and the Centre d’études et de recherches pour l’avancement de la construction au Québec (CÉRACQ). The research part was conducted under the supervision of Professor Daniel Forgues of École de technologie supérieure and Sheryl Staub‐French professor at The University of British Columbia, in collaboration with their respective research teams.

The project aimed at better understanding how information technologies have the potential to transform a construction project, in terms of processes and interactions between stakeholders. Phases 1 and 2 provided a better understanding of the issues in the use and adoption of information technology in the construction industry, to highlight the gaps between existing practice and literature and identify emerging practices in Canadian industry.

Research findings highlighted that technologies and tools related to building information modeling (BIM) are the most promising in terms of improving the productivity of the construction industry. This technology, covering the entire life cycle of the building, can create, coordinate, document, manage and update information about a particular building as well as its components. This collaborative and integrated process, based on a powerful data modeling capability, is one of the most visible aspects of a deep and fundamental change in the process of transforming the construction industry worldwide.

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