Forcada, N.; Serrat, C.; Rodríguez-Puente, S.; Bortolini, R. Journal of management in engineering Vol. 33, num. 6, p. 1-8 DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000552 Data de publicació: 2017-11 Article en revista
It is vital to select the right project bidders, as this affects the success of a project. Although there are numerous methods for assessing bidders, communication is rarely taken into account. This paper discusses the results of a survey on communication key performance indicators (KPIs) and the success of construction projects. Data were collected from 390 construction partners in Spain. The results indicate that the most significant communication KPI is the quality of information: basically, its accuracy and timeliness. In addition, experienced respondents placed less importance on communication flow structures and communication management than did inexperienced respondents. Experienced respondents distrusted new trends and/or management theories and mainly relied on experience. The findings also reveal that the communication flow structure, the communication and information management plan, and the channels of communication are relevant aspects for the success of a project. The results of this research can be used to assess bidders' communication abilities and systems.
The performance of a building decreases with time and this process is accelerated if proper maintenance is not carried out. This paper presents a discussion about the importance of predictive maintenance actions to enhance the condition of existing buildings. An approach based on Bayesian networks (BN) is proposed to predict the condition of a building. The proposed approach consists of a conceptual and generic model, including the factors with more influence in the condition of a building, which were identified by a literature review. The relationships between these factors and a discussion about the application of this model in maintenance decision-making are provided.
In the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) phase of an existing building, frequently, different systems are available to manage data about building maintenance. However, current practices do not integrate these systems and still manually process dispersed and unformatted data. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the potential benefits of the integration of data of Building Maintenance Management (BMM) in Building Information Modelling (BIM) in existing buildings. To do so, a questionnaire to evaluate the Facility Management practices in buildings is presented. This questionnaire is then used in the case study of Terrassa Campus at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Conclusion demonstrated that the integration of BMM in BIM can enable support for maintenance decisions and increase the efficiency of the maintenance process.
Mobile applications and well-implemented technology can help governments increase the efficiency and effectiveness of information analysis and exchange. This paper presents a case study on the implementation of a mobile application to record accessibility information in the commercial buildings of Terrassa. To record and analyze the accessibility of the commercial buildings a taxonomy including general information and accessibility data was created. The analysis results confirmed the only 1% of the recorded commercial buildings fulfilled all accessible parameters. The main problems were in the access steps or ramps and also in the interior furniture. This data can then be implemented in other applications to be used by people with disabilities. Results also demonstrate that mobile and well-implemented technology can help governments save money and be more efficient. The use of this application simplified and reduced the time needed to record accessibility information while the standardized information helped them obtaining consistent data.