Using group decision support system to support value management workshops

Shichao Fan, Qiping Shen, John Kelly

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A group decision support system (GDSS) is an interactive computer-based information system that combines the capabilities of communication technologies, database technologies, computer technologies, and decision technologies to support the identification, analysis, formulation, evaluation, and solution of semistructured or unstructured problems by a group in a user-friendly computing environment. As there is a strong demand for improvements to the practice of value management (VM), research has been conducted to design a GDSS prototype system, named the interactive value management system (IVMS), to explore its potential application in VM workshops and to investigate the effect of the application. The paper begins with an introduction to the problems of implementing VM in the Hong Kong construction industry and then proceeds to an illustration of the features of the proposed system, which has been developed in the research. Two validation studies designed to test the support of the proposed system are described and the results discussed. Findings from this research indicate that IVMS is supportive in overcoming the problems and difficulties in VM workshops.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-113
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Computing in Civil Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2008


  • Construction management
  • Databases
  • Decision support systems
  • Information management
  • Training
  • Value engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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