The Knowledge Engineering Review

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Review of information and the state of the art of knowledge management practices in the construction industry


YACINE  REZGUI a1
a1 University of Salford, Information Systems Institute, Ashworth Building, Salford, M5 4WT, UK. y.rezgui@salford.ac.uk

Abstract

This paper focuses upon the contribution which adequate use of the latest development in IT can make to the enhancement, development and improvement of professional expertise in the construction domain. The paper is based on the author's personal expertise and involvement in several UK- and European-funded research projects. First, the paper gives an overview of the benefits that can be gained from improved information and knowledge management in the construction industry. The latest developments in information and communication technologies are then described and presented as an enabler for effective knowledge management. Finally, the paper reviews the most promising techniques for information and knowledge management in the construction domain, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each of them, as well as future directions for knowledge management in construction.