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A concept design stages protocol to support collaborative processes in architecture, engineering and construction projects.

Leon, Marianthi; Laing, Richard

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Abstract

Purpose/Design: A collaborative approach from the outset is imperative for project success, especially when considering multidisciplinary teams in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. However, involving different disciplines hinders communication paths and affects informed decision-making. This paper proposes and tests, through a series of structured multidisciplinary design activities, a ‘Concept Design Stages Protocol’ (CDS Protocol) to structure project initiation, to attain smoother collaboration and greater consensus among multidisciplinary project teams. Findings: Based on these findings, the research demonstrates that the CDS Protocol provides a solid foundation to aid in the optimal implementation of collaborative design, and with particular regard to multidisciplinary working. Originality: The research demonstrates the potential for significant improvement in the optimisation of the conceptual design stages, with positive implications for time, communication and whole-team engagement.

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LEON, M. and LAING, R. [2021]. A concept design stages protocol to support collaborative processes in architecture, engineering and construction projects. Journal of engineering, design and technology [online], EarlyCite. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-10-2020-0399

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 8, 2020
Online Publication Date Mar 25, 2021
Deposit Date Dec 10, 2020
Publicly Available Date Mar 25, 2021
Journal Journal of engineering, design and technology
Print ISSN 1726-0531
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-10-2020-0399
Keywords Collaborative processes; Multidisciplinary teams; Design stages; Design protocol; AEC projects
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1005159

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