Summary: Project Control in Integrated Building Design Systems
Godfried Augenbroe* and Robert Amor**
*Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture
Atlanta, GA 30332-0155, USA
**Building Research Establishment Limited,
With the fruition of research into integrated design systems that allow communication between multiple
actors and design tools, there is a growing need for control over the flow of execution of project tasks
performed with the help of these systems. This calls for the specification of configurable control
systems that are able to `design' the organization and management of actual projects.
The paper argues that an IT driven approach, leading to narrow software engineering solutions, is
inadequate to solve the new type of project management problems that are inherent in the use of
collaborative systems. It is argued that integrated systems will only find acceptance if, apart from
providing 'generic integration facilities', adequate tools are provided to design, configure and execute
the management control on a case by case basis.
A three-tiered control approach is discussed and a prototype tool to aid the project manager to execute
control is introduced.