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Towards a Concurrent Engineering Model for Design-and-Build Projects

It is becoming evident that a significant proportion of both public and private construction projects are adopting the design-and-build (D & B) construction procurement route. Whilst several advantages have been attributed to the D & B method, a number of disadvantages have also been ascribed to it. Concurrent engineering, an innovative product development paradigm that has emerged within the manufacturing industry, although popular within that sector, is still little known in the construction industry. However, the D & B method of construction procurement presents some similarities with the activities in manufacturing processes. This paper examines the traditional approach to product development as well as the concurrent engineering approach, showing its principles and goals, and its benefits over the traditional approach. It also discusses design function deployment, (DFD), a concurrent engineering design system, which provides a platform for the implementation of concurrent engineering. The paper concludes with the presentation of a new concurrent engineering model for D & B projects. N.F.O. Evbuomwan and C.J. Anumba

Author(s): Evbuomwan, N F O;Anumba, C J

Keywords: project management;procurement;building team;concurrent engineering