Information Management Impacts (Archived)

RT-125 Topic Summary
RT 125


The business world is interconnected electronically: communication is instantaneous and the need to access vital information is often immediate. To maintain global competitiveness and to benefit from the sweeping changes taking place in the business world, the construction industry must develop a proactive approach to information management developments. Because many aspects of the design and construction process are “information-intensive,” the industry must be able to implement various information management strategies and technologies effectively.

This research topic discusses the opportunity and the methodology to simulate information management changes in the overall work process prior to real world implementation. Utilizing the research recommendations organizations can enhance cycle time (activity and overall), quality, and improved cost performance.

Key Findings and Implementation Tools

1 : Schedule Benefits

Aggressive information management strategies may yield as much as a 10% improvement for design activities in total elapsed time in reference to executing the EPC process. (RS125-1, p. 11)
Reference: (RS125-1)

2 : Labor Cost Benefits

Aggressive information management strategies may yield a reduction of 2-3% in overall design labor costs. (RS125-1, p. 11)
Reference: (RS125-1)

3 : Materials Management Benefits

Aggressive information management strategies for material management activities may yield as much a 3% reduction in elapsed time and a 7% reduction in execution costs. (RS125-1, p. 11)
Reference: (RS125-1)

4 : Overall Project Performance

Implementing information management strategies in the design and material management activities may result in a reduction of as much as 14% in elapsed time and 8% in execution costs. (RS125-1, p. 11)
Reference: (RS125-1)

5 : Computer Simulations

By using an activity-based costing approach and computer simulations new methodology can be pre-tested without incurring the coast and disruption that would happen if physically implementing the work process change. (RS125-1, p. 13)
Reference: (RS125-1)

6 : Information Management

To maximize the benefits of information management, a comprehensive process oriented approach must be utilized. When using information technologies it is critically important to ensure that is best for one area of responsibility is not detrimental to others. (RS125-1, p. 13)
Reference: (RS125-1)

7 : Implementation Tool #1

IR125-2, Determining the Impact of Process Change on the EPC Process

A self-evaluation tool to explore improvements in information management and information exchange. (Archived, but available for informational purposes only.) 

This implementation resource includes:

  • Activity Cost Based-Simulation (ABC-Sim) – A tool to predict the benefits of information management or any other proposed changed to the EPC process quantitatively while identifying impact areas and mitigating risks. The simulation yields output measures for total activity time, total activity cost and total elapsed time. (Please note that this software no longer runs on current platforms.)
Reference: (IR125-2)

Key Performance Indicators

Improved cost, Improved schedule, Improved quality

Research Publications

Cost and Schedule Impacts of Information Management - RS125-1

Publication Date: 06/1998 Type: Research Summary Pages: 22 Status: Archived Supporting Product

Determining the Impact of Information Management on Project Schedule and Cost - RR125-11

Publication Date: 06/1998 Type: Research Report Pages: 376 Status: Archived Reference

Determining the Impact of Process Change on the EPC Process - IR125-2

Publication Date: 07/1997 Type: Implementation Resource Pages: 106 Status: Archived Tool