Life-Cycle Management of Construction Projects Based on Virtual Prototyping Technology

H. L. Guo, Heng Li, Martin Skitmore

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Life-cycle management (LCM) has been employed in the management of construction projects for many years in order to reduce whole life cost, time, risk and improve the service to owners. However, owing to lack of an effective information sharing platform, the current LCM of construction projects is not effectively used in the construction industry. Based upon the analysis of the information flow of LCM, a virtual prototyping (VP)-based communication and collaboration information platform is proposed. Following this, the platform is customized using DASSAULT software. The whole process of implementing the VP-based LCM of projects is analyzed via the application to a real-life construction project. The advantages of implementing a VP-based LCM are also discussed and, from a simple case study, it is demonstrated that the VP-based communication and collaboration information platform is an effective tool to support the LCM of construction projects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2010


  • Construction projects
  • Information sharing
  • Life cycle management
  • Virtual prototyping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Engineering(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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