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Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management

ISSN: 1471-4175

Online from: 2001

Subject Area: Built Environment

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A scheme design buildability assessment model for building projects


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Title:A scheme design buildability assessment model for building projects
Author(s):Patrick T.I. Lam, (Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong), Franky W.H. Wong, (School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong), Albert P.C. Chan, (Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong), Wilson C.Y. Shea, (Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong), Jo W.S. Lau, (Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
Citation:Patrick T.I. Lam, Franky W.H. Wong, Albert P.C. Chan, Wilson C.Y. Shea, Jo W.S. Lau, (2012) "A scheme design buildability assessment model for building projects", Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, Vol. 12 Iss: 2, pp.216 - 238
Keywords:Buildability assessment, Buildings, Design and construction, Hong Kong, Scheme design, Structural analysis, Structural design
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/14714171211215958 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The work described in this paper was fully supported by a grant from the Central Research Grant of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Project no: G-YH28). The kind assistance of numerous interviewees, questionnaire respondents and supporting organisations is gratefully acknowledged. Thanks are also due to Mr C.F. Wong (Research Assistant) for data collection and analysis at the early stage of the research.
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to depict the developmental process of a buildability assessment model for use at the scheme design stage of building projects, which have a priority requirement for functional performance rather than aesthetic performance.

Design/methodology/approach – First, major decisions made at the scheme design stage of building projects were identified through pilot interviews and a questionnaire survey on designers. Second, these decisions were rated for their relative importance towards buildability through another questionnaire survey on contractors, analysed using the reliability interval method. Based on these results, a list of buildable and non-buildable features and their impacts is compiled by interviewing major contractors. These findings were incorporated into a modified framework of buildability assessment for complete design, substituting information available at the scheme design stage. Validation was carried out using four sample projects and feedback from practitioners.

Findings – The results obtained from the Scheme Design Buildability Assessment Model have been demonstrated as reflective of actual buildability level. Buildable and non-buildable features, as exemplified by typical building projects in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, have been identified.

Originality/value – This is the first model which provides a tool for use by the design team to evaluate the buildability of their designs at an early stage, so that necessary improvements can be made without affecting the development program.



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