Supporting deconstruction practices with information systems using ethnographic-action research

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Abstract

Socio-environmental pressures motivate the construction industry to adopt working practices that enable the reuse of building elements. Deconstruction, as an alternative to demolition, is a major lever for more efficient resource management and enables closed-loop material cycles. Information systems have potential benefits for deconstruction practices, but their implementations are limited by a lack of understanding on how demolition workers create, exchange and communicate information and what artefacts they thereby use. This research has therefore two goals: understanding on-site information requirements in deconstruction projects and exploring how information systems can be iteratively developed and implemented into these project contexts. Through applying an ethnographic-action research methodology on a real-world deconstruction project, two information systems are iteratively developed and implemented: (I) a virtual environment to support tagging façade elements, and (II) a 4D model to support deconstruction planning. Insights are provided – firstly – into deconstruction routines and the tacit knowledge that demolition workers possess and use to deal with these routines, and – secondly – into how the two information systems supported the practitioners in their ongoing project works. These ethnographic-action perspectives provide new ways for researchers and practitioners to support deconstruction practices with information systems.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2018
Event34th Annual ARCOM Conference 2018 - Queens University, Belfast, Riddel Hall, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20185 Sep 2018
Conference number: 34

Conference

Conference34th Annual ARCOM Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleARCOM 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period3/09/185/09/18

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Information systems
Demolition
Construction industry
Virtual reality
Planning

Keywords

  • Deconstruction
  • Ethnographic-action research
  • Information technology

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van den Berg, MC, Voordijk, JT & Adriaanse, AM 2018, 'Supporting deconstruction practices with information systems using ethnographic-action research' Paper presented at 34th Annual ARCOM Conference 2018, Belfast, United Kingdom, 3/09/18 - 5/09/18, .

Supporting deconstruction practices with information systems using ethnographic-action research. / van den Berg, Marc Casper; Voordijk, Johannes T.; Adriaanse, Adriaan Maria.

2018. Paper presented at 34th Annual ARCOM Conference 2018, Belfast, United Kingdom.

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