The operation of an efficient and integrated site management
system is one of the problems that still requires a considerable
amount of attention in most of the construction companies in U.K.
This thesis describes the research I have undertaken on this
problem and how a computer-aided construction management
system can assist in solving the problem.
The thesis has been divided into three sections according to the
research. The first section describes the research I have
undertaken as surveys on; the literature as an existing knowledge of efficient
and integrated site management systems; what systems are applied on site and the degree of
satisfaction from them; the facilities that can be provided by the available
site management software.
From the above surveys, the problem has been identified and the
objectives established for the research.
The second section of the thesis describes my development of a
software model to facilitate collecting, processing and analyzing
data from the site for producing control data and reports. The section also describes the integration of the model to the other
construction management systems (i. e. estimating, planning,
cashflow forecasting and valuation), as well as being
The last section of the thesis describes my research in
investigating how well the model achieved the research
objectives. This section described a number of case studies based
as a demonstration of the model, its functions and mechanism,
using slides and on-computer seminars. From this evaluation I
have established a list of comments, some of them were used to
modify the model or as conclusions and recommendations for any
future research in this field.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.