The application of information technology in facility development

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The application of information technology in facility development

 

Author: Tong, Sek-por David
Title: The application of information technology in facility development
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1994
Subject: Architecture -- Data processing
Facility management
Hong Kong Polytechnic -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Computing
Pages: 1 v. (various pagings) : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1151318
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/4061
Abstract: This research study is an attempt to explore the potential of applying IT in Facility Development. The concept of Facility Development was first introduced by the Architectural Services Department and represents the services offered by the architect to the client in the initial stages of a project. These services include providing advice on the feasibility and development potential of the project and developing proposals and designs accordingly. Facility Development is of strategic importance to the architect as it is the stage where the client will determine whether the project will proceed or an agreement be signed with the architect. It is also critical from the client's point of view as the success of the project is dependent on the quality of decisions made at this stage. Architecture is a late profession to take advantage of the benefits brought about by IT. Local architectural practices are still taking a conservative view and IT is being employed primarily as an automation tool to enhance manual operation. IT development in other countries are more advanced but mainly limited to computer-aided-architectural-design areas. Using IT strategically as a tool for Facility Development is yet to be materialised. On the other hand, the changing environment of the construction industry with the increase in complexity of project, the client's demand for better services and the competitive forces of the market have threatened the role of the architect as the project team leader. In order to cope with these challenges, the architect are forced to review the way he handles, manages and utilises information and to use technology effectively to turn these information into a strategic weapon. This leads to suggestion of the Computer-Aided-Facility Model (CAFD) as proposed in this report. The CAFD Model and its subsidiary CAFSAD System are intended to be Information System frameworks to assist the architects in structuring project information and to use such information strategically to provide quality services. Two case-based prototypes were developed to illustrate the concept of the CAFD Model and the CAFSAD system. A user evaluation was also conducted and recommendations on future development proposed.

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