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Journal cover: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Online from: 1994

Subject Area: Built Environment

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Internet-based database management system for project control


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Title:Internet-based database management system for project control
Author(s):Ji Li, (US Noah Technology Corp., Monterey Park, California, USA), Osama Moselhi, (Department of Building, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada), Sabah Alkass, (Department of Building, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)
Citation:Ji Li, Osama Moselhi, Sabah Alkass, (2006) "Internet-based database management system for project control", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 13 Iss: 3, pp.242 - 253
Keywords:Construction industry, Database management systems, Internet, Project management
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09699980610669679 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The objective of this paper is to develop an efficient project management system to track and control construction activities for contractors and/or project managers.

Design/methodology/approach – The work package model is utilized to break down project data into activities and work tasks. The data structure of a project is represented using the entities-relationship methodology. A relational database stores all of the project data. The earned value method calculates the cost and schedule variances. The internet-based platform with three-tier client-server architecture is chosen for system implementation.

Findings – The developed project database stores all of the project data necessary to perform project control functions. The implementation of the project database management system is efficient. The developed system provides real-time data sharing and a collaborating environment in support of project control.

Originality/value – Time and cost control are essential management functions for achieving successful delivery of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects. The developed system can assist contractors and/or project managers in tracking and control of their construction projects in a real-time manner.



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