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Requirements Engineering for Computer Integrated Environments in Construction

Requirements Engineering for Computer Integrated Environments in Construction

Ghassan Aouad, Yusuf Arayici

ISBN: 978-1-444-31775-6

Nov 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

256 pages



Efficient communication, collaboration, data exchange and sharing are crucial for the success of today's many multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary work environments. The implementation of computer integrated environments (CIE) is increasing and the requirements engineering necessary for the development of these systems is critical.

Requirements Engineering for Computer Integrated Environments in Construction provides an important source of information and advice for organizations needing bridge the gap between users and developers in the implementation of computer integrated solutions as well as for consultants providing services to their clients in CIE development.

The framework explained in the book is comprehensive and accessible. It provides a set of tools and techniques enabling readers to design, manage and deliver effective CIE-type systems in any complex organization – from construction and manufacturing to the information technology and service sectors. Construction companies for example, can use the framework provided to implement building information modelling to manage the diagnosis, planning, implementation and monitoring stages in BIM adoption.

Based on real experiences and lessons learned from many years of system development, this book offers an excellent resource for researchers and postgraduate students interested in CIE development for all multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary work environments.




List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1 Introduction

1.1 Definitions

1.2 Why Requirements Engineering Is Needed for the CIE Development

1.3 How the Requirements Engineering Approach Is Formulated

Chapter 2 Requirements Engineering in Software Development

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Requirements Engineering

2.3 Requirements Fundamentals and Principles

2.4 Requirements Engineering Process

Chapter 3 Computer Integrated Environments

3.1 Introduction

3.2 The Construction Industry and its Features

3.3 The Scope and Roles of CIE in Construction

3.4 Implementation of CIE in the Construction Industry

3.5 The CIE Case Study Project 1

3.6 The CIE Case Study Project 2

3.7 The CIE Case Study 3

3.8 The CIE Case Study 4

Chapter 4 Requirements Engineering in CIE Development for the Construction Industry

4.1 Introduction

4.2 CIE Systems from Technological Perspective

4.3 Requirements Engineering in the CIE Community

4.4 Interviews in the Construction CIE Community

Chapter 5 Evaluation of Requirements Engineering Processes

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Improving the Requirements Engineering Process

5.3 Measuring the Success of Requirements Engineering Process

5.4 Comparative Analysis and Evaluation

Chapter 6 Requirements Engineering Approach in the Case Study Projects

6.1 Introduction

6.2 The Need for the CIE System As a BIM Tool

6.3 The Requirements Engineering Process

6.4 The Requirements Deliverables from Use Case Modelling

6.5 The Requirements Deliverables from Contextual Design Technique

6.6 The Requirements Deliverables from the Incremental Prototyping with the User Tests

6.7 Critical Analysis and Reflections of the Requirements Engineering in DIVERCITY

Chapter 7 Evaluation of the Requirements Engineering Practices

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Scope of the Evaluation and Assessment Model

7.3 The Evaluation and Assessment in Case Study 3

7.4 Survey Results and Evaluation

Chapter 8 Mastering the Requirements Engineering Practices

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Project Start-off

8.3 Requirements Elicitation

8.4 Building a Shared Understanding

8.5 Visioning and Process Modelling (Storyboarding)

8.6 System Design

8.7 Use Case and Object Modelling with UML

8.8 Incremental Prototyping with the End User Tests as an Agile Process

8.9 Summary of Mastering the Requirements Engineering Process

Chapter 9 Evaluation of the Proposed Requirements Engineering Framework

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Internal (Dependent) Evaluation

9.3 External (Independent) Evaluation

Chapter 10 Summary and Conclusion

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Contribution to Knowledge Society

10.3 Main Conclusions

10.4 Recommendations for the Future


“It thus represents good value for money and will especially be a real benefit to those who are reasonably familiar with (or are involved in) construction informatics research from both academia and industry. The many references cited throughout the book will also serve as a valuable resource to the research/academic community.”  (Construction Management and Economics, 28 October 2013)