Feasibility study of an automated tool for identifying the implications of changes in construction projects

Shabtai Isaac, Ronie Navon

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Because of the fragmented nature of project information, decisions on changes in construction projects are usually based on project design instead of project requirements. This research proposes a new approach for coping with changes in construction projects: A change control tool (CCT) that will identify implications of a change as soon as it is proposed. The tool will ensure that the stakeholders involved in the decision process in which change proposals are evaluated will know in advance if a change could cause the project to stray from its original goals, as expressed in the requirements. The proposed CCT uses the building program as a link between client requirements and the building design and traces the different relationships that exist between the requirements in the project. The relationships are traced using requirement traceability capabilities on the level of a specific space in the project and on the level of the entire project. A preliminary CCT model was developed and pilot studies implementing the model have been conducted. The pilot studies have given positive results, indicating that the CCT could identify the scope of the proposed changes' implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-145
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management - ASCE
Issue number2
StatePublished - 22 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Automation
  • Construction management
  • Control systems
  • Feedback control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management


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