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The Potential of Multi-Agents in the Live Capture and Reuse of Project Knowledge
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Dr John Kamara
Udeaja CE, Kamara JM
Anumba, C.J., Bouchlaghem, N.M., Messner, J.I., Parfitt, M.K.
Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
6th International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction
Penn State University, State College, PA, USA
Year of Conference
9-11 June 2010
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Despite the extensive use of computing technology within the construction industry, the crucial issue of capturing and reusing project knowledge in a collaborative and integrated way among project or supply chain team members still remains to be addressed effectively. This has a negative impact on construction productivity and the final project outcome. The paper argues that the live capture and reuse of project knowledge using the web technology in CAPRIKON project should be augmented by multi-agent systems (MAS) in order to increase the overall system reactivity, pro-activity and there by achieving the project objective, namely to increase productivity in the industry. This paper presents a proposed framework that supports the integration and collaboration of live knowledge capture and reuse by a multi-disciplinary project team, based on MAS approach. In this paper, construction project KM and MAS are examined. The key characteristics, which support the argument for the use of MAS in project knowledge capture and reuse, are identified. This knowledge is used to propose a conceptual framework within which the complexity and organizational dynamics that characterize the construction project and supply chain processes are captured. The work concludes by arguing that MAS provides platform or environment that knowledge can be captured live and reuse before the opportunities diminishes.
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