Concurrent Engineering in Construction Projects - Lesson learned from the oil and gas industry

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Type: Examensarbete för masterexamen
Master Thesis
Title: Concurrent Engineering in Construction Projects - Lesson learned from the oil and gas industry
Abstract: Concurrent Engineering (CE) is a holistic approach to the design, development and production of a product. This approach is intended to streamline the design process of a product through integration of the different stakeholders into the design phase and enhancement of information exchange between them. Other industry sectors such as the oil and gas industry have been benefiting significantly by implementing CE. The aim of this study is thereby to investigate and compare the working method of an oil and gas organization with a construction organization to find out potential benefits of CE in the construction industry and how it successfully can be implemented within a construction organization. The focus of this study is the design phase of the project and is carried out by interviews with people involved in the design phase as well as people highly involved with information systems and management control systems. Due to uniqueness of each project this study could not confirm that the project cost or time have been reduced but by implementing CE the oil and gas organization has managed to streamline the design phase by cutting the unnecessary waiting time between decision and action, decrease error of the design and increase quality of the projects. There are many similarities between oil and gas projects and construction projects and the construction industry could gain similar benefits by implementing CE. This study concludes that a successful implementation of CE requires inter alia full support from senior management, change agents, pilot projects and team buildings. The study recommends construction organizations to adjust CE so it fits the organization’s needs and conditions. Furthermore, BIM meetings are suggested to be a suitable platform for developing into CE work sessions.
Keywords: Samhällsbyggnadsteknik;Civil Engineering
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Series/Report no.: Report - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology : ACEX30-18-05
Collection:Examensarbeten för masterexamen // Master Theses

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