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Internet-based Workflow-Management for Civil Engineering Projects

Rüppel, Uwe and Klauer, Thomas
Beuke, Karl (ed.) (2004):
Internet-based Workflow-Management for Civil Engineering Projects.
In: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering Net-distrbuted Co-operation. Proceedings of the X. International Conference, Weimar, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, In: International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE), Weimar, Germany, 02.-04. Juni 2004, ISBN 978-3860682135,
[Online-Edition: https://e-pub.uni-weimar.de/opus4/files/164/icccbe-x_159.pdf],
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Abstract

The growing competition pressure in the building industry increases the demands on the design and construction processes in respect to economical, technical and time aspects. These demands require efficient improvements of the value-added chain, which can be realized mainly with the usage of innovative information- and communication-technologies. To support the collaboration of all participants involved in a certain building project the Workflow-Management-System “BauKom-Online” has been developed. In the focus of the system is to support the coordination of the participants and their information exchange. Such a software-method is well suited to ensure a high quality planning process. The modelling of business-processes enables a better self-comprehension of the participants work and helps to enhance the project performance. The system architecture of BauKom-Online contains two basic components: the processmodelling tool and the workflow-engine. The process-model contains of activities and states of the planning and construction processes and their relations. These connected processes compose the workflow. Such a process-model for engineering purposes has to satisfy several needs, e.g., the consideration of planning and building alternatives, dynamic changes of the model during execution of the project and the linkage to further technical objects like costs, building structure, specifications and documentmanagement. Furthermore, the scheduling of the project can be done within the process-model and can be visualized as a Gantt-diagram. By the workflow-engine the modelled processes are enacted and their execution is supervised during the realization of the actual project. The participants interact with a task-list, which is derived from the running process-model instance and works like familiar email-clients. The currently executed workflow and its status can also be visualized in a web-browser. Another important feature of the workflow-engine is the case-based exception handling.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2004
Editors: Beuke, Karl
Creators: Rüppel, Uwe and Klauer, Thomas
Title: Internet-based Workflow-Management for Civil Engineering Projects
Language: English
Abstract:

The growing competition pressure in the building industry increases the demands on the design and construction processes in respect to economical, technical and time aspects. These demands require efficient improvements of the value-added chain, which can be realized mainly with the usage of innovative information- and communication-technologies. To support the collaboration of all participants involved in a certain building project the Workflow-Management-System “BauKom-Online” has been developed. In the focus of the system is to support the coordination of the participants and their information exchange. Such a software-method is well suited to ensure a high quality planning process. The modelling of business-processes enables a better self-comprehension of the participants work and helps to enhance the project performance. The system architecture of BauKom-Online contains two basic components: the processmodelling tool and the workflow-engine. The process-model contains of activities and states of the planning and construction processes and their relations. These connected processes compose the workflow. Such a process-model for engineering purposes has to satisfy several needs, e.g., the consideration of planning and building alternatives, dynamic changes of the model during execution of the project and the linkage to further technical objects like costs, building structure, specifications and documentmanagement. Furthermore, the scheduling of the project can be done within the process-model and can be visualized as a Gantt-diagram. By the workflow-engine the modelled processes are enacted and their execution is supervised during the realization of the actual project. The participants interact with a task-list, which is derived from the running process-model instance and works like familiar email-clients. The currently executed workflow and its status can also be visualized in a web-browser. Another important feature of the workflow-engine is the case-based exception handling.

Title of Book: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering Net-distrbuted Co-operation. Proceedings of the X. International Conference
Place of Publication: Weimar
Publisher: Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
ISBN: 978-3860682135
Divisions: 13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institute of Numerical Methods and Informatics in Civil Engineering
Event Title: International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE)
Event Location: Weimar, Germany
Event Dates: 02.-04. Juni 2004
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2008 08:19
Official URL: https://e-pub.uni-weimar.de/opus4/files/164/icccbe-x_159.pdf
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ISBN: 978-3860682135 / 3-86068-213-X

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