ITcon Vol. 8, pg. 105-117,

Electronic document management in construction - research issues and results

submitted:November 2002
revised:May 2003
published:May 2003
editor(s):Turk Z
authors:Bo-Christer Björk
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki, Finland
summary:Electronic document management (EDM) technology has the potential to enhance the information management in construction projects considerably, without radical changes to current practice. Over the past fifteen years this topic has been overshadowed by building product modelling in the construction IT research world, but at present EDM is quickly being introduced in practice, in particular in bigger projects. Often this is done in the form of third party services available over the World Wide Web. In the paper, a typology of research questions and methods is presented, which can be used to position the individual research efforts which are surveyed in the paper. Questions dealt with include: What features should EMD systems have? How much are they used? Are there benefits from use and how should these be measured? What are the barriers to wide-spread adoption? Which technical questions need to be solved? Is there scope for standardisation? How will the market for such systems evolve?
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citation:Björk B-C (2003). Electronic document management in construction - research issues and results, ITcon Vol. 8, pg. 105-117,