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authors Mourshed, M.M., Matipa, W.M., Kelliher, D. and Keane, M.
year 2002
title Towards Interoperability: ICT in Academic Curricula for Sustainable Construction
source Proceedings CIB W107 Conference: Creating a sustainable construction industry in developing countries, South Africa
summary Sustainability has been regarded as a key issue in both process and product development in industries, e.g., manufacturing, production. The construction industry has recently recognized the importance of sustainable processes in achieving overall sustainability. Demands for cheaper, faster and better products coupled with the globalisation of the economic markets are forcing the construction industry to move towards an integrated business process. In order to achieve this integration, information and knowledge sharing are considered vital to reduce waste of resources hence fostering sustainability.

Integration of process and information in a diversified, multi-disciplinary workforce like construction depends mostly on the individualís level of expertise. Efforts at producing interoperable information standards by a growing number of alliances changing the information flow from horizontal to vertical and from sequential to cyclic. This implies that the actors in the industry must be proficient with the current and emerging Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Recent surveys show that, there is a widening gap between required ICT skill in the workplace and those taught in academic institutions.

This paper establishes the need for ICT in construction education emphasizing interoperability as a concept among processes to achieve sustainability.

keywords Sustainable Construction; Interoperability; ICT; Academic Curriculum
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