Integrated Design and Delivery Solutions (IDDS) are defined by CIB as follows: "Integrated Design
and Delivery Solutions use collaborative work processes and enhanced skills, with integrated data,
information, and knowledge management to minimize structural and process inefficiencies and to
enhance the value delivered during design, build, and operation, and across projects." (CIB, 2009).
Conceptually, the development of an extensible infrastructure for IDDS appears to be a straight-
forward matter, made difficult by the sheer size of the information needs of the domain. To that
extent, there are few current implementations in existence, and the majority of those that do exist are
bespoke developments which support a restricted number of processes and analyses.
This paper characterizes the variety of technical challenges which are faced by those delivering on
the promise of integrated design and delivery solutions. Alongside each of these challenges it
identifies current approaches to supporting IDDS, both at a commercial level, and from the viewpoint
of researchers working on future improvements to the IDDS ideal.
Keywords: Integrated design and delivery solutions, IT future, Interoperability.
The CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction) comprises
approximately 500 member organisations and manages over 50 task groups and working commissions
on all major aspects of building and construction. Over the past decade it has developed a range of
high-level priority themes that cut across the very specific nature of the working commissions, and
draws on the synergies of experts across all of CIB. IDDS is the latest of the priority themes