Challenges for Integrated Design and Delivery Solutions

Robert Owen, Robert Amor, Mark Palmer, John Dickinson, Clyde B. Tatum, Abdul Samad Kazi, Matthijs Prins, Arto Kiviniemi, Bill East

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A new approach of integrated design and delivery solutions (IDDS) aims to radically improve the performance of the construction industries. IDDS builds upon recent trends in the construction industries that have seen the widespread adoption of technologies such as building information modelling (BIM) and innovative processes such as integrated project delivery. However, these innovations are seen to develop in isolation, with little consideration of the overarching interactions between people, process and technology. The IDDS approach is holistic in that it recognizes that it is only through a combination of initiatives such as skill development, process re-engineering, responsive information technology, enhanced interoperability and integrating knowledge management, among others, that radical change can be achieved. To implement IDDS requires step changes in many project aspects, and this gap between current performance and that required for IDDS is highlighted. The research required to bridge the gaps is identified in four major aspects of collaborative processes, workforce skills, integrated information and knowledge management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-240
Number of pages9
JournalArchitectural Engineering and Design Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Automation
  • BIM
  • integrated design
  • process re-engineering
  • productivity
  • skill development


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