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A collaborative design appraisal system for water treatment engineering projects

Sun, Ming; Bakis, N.; Aouad, G.


Ming Sun

N. Bakis

G. Aouad


Water treatment projects usually involve large capital investment. Design appraisal is crucial to ensure project quality and cost effectiveness. The aim of design appraisal is to give the design team an opportunity to evaluate a proposed solution at the design stage when the benefits for change are high and cost is low. Design appraisal is a collaborative decision-making process that requires good communication and knowledge sharing between all the team members. Unfortunately, at present in practice there are many communication bottlenecks that result in decisions being made without proper evaluation and appraisal. The paper describes the development of a collaborative design appraisal system, which facilitates a remotely located design team to work in collaboration, carry out what-if analysis and optimise the design of water treatment projects. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Sun, M., Bakis, N., & Aouad, G. (2003). A collaborative design appraisal system for water treatment engineering projects. Advances in Engineering Software, 34(11-12), 737-743.

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Publication Date Jan 1, 2003
Journal Advances in Engineering Software
Print ISSN 0965-9978
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 11-12
Pages 737-743
Keywords design collaboration, information sharing, water industry, integrated project database
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Additional Information Additional Information : Based on a two-year (1998-2000) research project funded by DETR under its Partner In Technology programme. The project was supported by a list of industrial collaborators, including Galliford, Welsh Water, EC Harris, and Stamford Homes. Sun was the project manager, who had the principal responsibility for supervising the research work. The research outcomes have been widely disseminated by the Constructing Excellence IT Construction Forum (formerly IT Construction Best Practice) network. Further information is available at: Lead author.

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