Summary: DOCUMENTS AS AN ENABLING MECHANISM FOR
CONCURRENT ENGINEERING IN THE CONSTRUCTION
and M. Clift1
In current engineering practice, be it concurrent or otherwise, documents are the central
mechanism for communicating, informing and instructing. Any attempt to engender a greater
uptake of concurrent engineering in the industry has to recognise the central role of
documents. To date, the various aspects of IT applied to engineering have developed
independently, leading to stand-alone product, process and document management systems.
This development path, though productive in each individual area, misses the major gains that
can be achieved from integration of all aspects of IT usage. This paper shows that the
management of documents provides information about all aspects of a project. It is clear that,
through careful management, documents can provide the means to co-ordinate work on the
activities required to complete a project, and to determine how processes can be managed to
greatest effect using concurrent engineering frameworks.
Keywords - Document Model, Document Management System, Concurrent Engineering
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