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Application of dependency structure matrix for activity sequencing in concurrent engineering projects
Published in
2006
Volume: 132
   
Issue: 5
Pages: 482 - 490
Abstract
The dependency structure matrix (DSM) has been identified as an apt tool to represent information flows between activities. Using this representation, information dependency attributes can be organized and analyzed in a structured manner to identify activity groups and sequences for concurrent execution. Current DSM methodology requires significant efforts from the experts to estimate information dependency attributes. The methodology can be more widely used if the estimating efforts are reduced. This paper proposes two concepts to reduce the estimating efforts required for the DSM methodology. The first concept reduces the number of information dependency ratings required and the second concept reduces the effort to estimate the rating. The proposed concepts are structured into a procedure. This procedure is applied to the design phase of an induced draft cooling tower (IDCT) project and discussed. The paper also discusses the shortcomings and future directions of the present approach and concludes that the present approach is applicable in IDCT projects and can be extended to other types of projects. © ASCE.
About the journal
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
ISSN07339364
Open AccessNo
Concepts (10)
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    Construction industry
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    Data processing
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    Information management
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    Optimization
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    Project management
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    CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
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    DSM METHODOLOGY
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    INDUCED DRAFT COOLING TOWER (IDCT)
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    INFORMATION DEPENDENCY ATTRIBUTES
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    Concurrent engineering