Construction Project Management System (CPMS): An Ontological Framework
Proceedings of Research and Education Conference (PMIREC) 2011, Pune, India
7 Pages Posted: 19 May 2012
Date Written: December 9, 2011
This paper presents on ontological framework to envision a construction project management system (CPMS). The framework has five dimensions: Outcomes, Stages, Resources, Processes and Management techniques. Each dimension is defined by a taxonomy derived from the literature and practice. The dimensions are ordered left to right such that a meaningful natural language sentence describing an attribute of CPMS can be concatenated by selecting a word from each column and combining the selected words with the words interleaved between the columns. There are 11,970 potential CPMS attributes encapsulated in the ontology. Ideally a CPMS should emphasize all of them; practically it will likely focus on a subset selected based on the characteristics of the project and its environment. The challenge in designing a CPMS is to include the key attributes and exclude the less important ones. The ontology will help make these systemic choices systematically by displaying all the possibilities. However, in doing so, one has to consider the interactions among the categories of a dimension and between dimensions. These interactions play an important role in the dynamics of CPMS. The paper discusses some illustrative interactions.
Keywords: construction project management, ontology, envisioning, systems approach
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