Best practices for integrating the concurrent engineering environment into multipartner project management

Mary Karlsson, Antti Lakka, Kristiina Sulankivi, Awad S. Hanna (Corresponding Author), Benjamin P. Thompson

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The use of the Internet, e-mail, and other technologies has been steadily filtering into the building process, creating a concurrent engineering (CE) environment, and enabling collaborative efforts in the building process. The concurrent engineering environment is established by a variety of tools, including internet accessible servers, e-mail, mobile telephones, and many other existing CE tools. Organizations involved in the construction process recognize the need for assessment of benefits resulting from CE tools, but find the evaluation of these benefits difficult and complicated. The project presented in this paper, “project management and organization in the concurrent engineering environment (ProCE),” is applicable to both researchers and practitioners. The ProCE project developed a measuring model, which may be used by future researchers in this area, attempted to measure benefits derived from using the CE environment in construction design and project management routines, and developed guidelines for best practice implementation by practitioners, based on four case studies. The project included the measurement of both the quantitative and qualitative benefit of CE environment implementation in building construction projects using tools that were readily available through application service providers. Measurement of cost and other quantifiable benefits have been extensively studied. Therefore, the majority of the discussion in the current paper will address the ProCE project’s measurement of qualitative benefits.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-299
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Benefit cost ratios
  • Construction industry
  • Information technology (IT)
  • Project management


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