Developing an Ontology for Implementation of Lean Construction Methods in Construction Projects

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Abstract

Although lean methods have been used on construction projects for over three decades, the adoption of such methods into the project delivery process varies in formal planning and implementation. This makes it challenging to benchmark the performance of projects implementing lean construction methods. Preliminary analysis of literature combined with a content analysis of expert interviews with lean practitioners suggested that there is an opportunity to improve the awareness, understanding, and education of lean methods. As a result, the adoption of lean methods would also improve. However, to improve the awareness, understanding, and education of lean methods, there is also the need to develop consistent terminology that can be used. Having identified this need, further investigation of various knowledge representation techniques resulted in the identification of domain ontologies as a mechanism to organize the domain of lean construction methods. This paper presents the summary of the various approaches and tasks adopted from ontological methodologies to outline the process for developing the lean construction methods ontology and the ontology structure. The paper concludes with future research directions focused on documentation of the knowledge within the ontology, ontology evaluation using expert interviews, and ontology application using project case studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2020
Subtitle of host publicationProject Management and Controls, Materials, and Contracts - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2020
EditorsDavid Grau, Pingbo Tang, Mounir El Asmar
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages427-435
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780784482889
StatePublished - 2020
EventConstruction Research Congress 2020: Project Management Controls, Materials, Contracts - Tempe, United States
Duration: Mar 8 2020Mar 10 2020

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2020: Project Management and Controls, Materials, and Contracts - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2020

Conference

ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2020: Project Management Controls, Materials, Contracts
CountryUnited States
CityTempe
Period3/8/203/10/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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