The article discusses how, firmly entrenched in the design process, the computer is now touching all corners of construction. Applications include traditional project management, simulated 3-dimensional site planning and, perhaps, a linked database containing every detail of a project's history from conception through completion. Work at the Georgia Institute of Technology is described, in which a computerized method to organize the job site using visual simulation is being developed. It will provide 3-dimensional and real-time answers to questions like: how will earthwork removal integrate with rebar delivery? where is the batch plant placed in relation to the rebar? etc. Emerging automation technology will allow the tracking of documents and materials delivery, organize subcontractors, integrate CADD files, perform constructability reviews and actually 'build' on the screen. A concept known as computer integrated construction (CIC) is described, which would create a cradle-to-grave database of information on a structure's original design, as-built drawings, retrofit and maintenance history and finally, demoltion. A state-of-the-art system at Bechtel is also noted.

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  • Accession Number: 00622559
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1992 12:00AM