||Workflowmanagement in construction; Opportunities for the future
||Wamelink J W F, Stoffele M, P van der Aalst W M
||Process control is an essential base for the efficient and successful execution ofconstruction projects. At the same time, construction processes are complex anddifficult to control. A lot of processes are critical and an overview of all theseprocesses is often not clear. In other industries workflow management has shown tobe a successful tool in controlling standardized processes. Workflow managementsystems take care of the information logistics and give a process overview thatenables better management and control of the process. The research described inthis paper focuses on the possibilities of workflow management in dynamic, projectoriented processes. More specific, the paper makes clear whether workflowmanagement systems are usable and profitable in construction and to what extent.After studying the properties of specific processes in different construction projectsthe criteria for the selection of an automated workflow management system arelisted. This teaches that classical workflow management systems were not suitedfor the development of a prototype, mainly because of the lack of flexibility. Casehandling systems, a type of workflow management system, seemed moreappropriate for the dynamic processes. Within a large Dutch constructioncompany the prototype has been tested in practice.The main conclusions of the research are that workflow management can beapplicable and profitable in construction and that workflow management makes theprocesses more manageable and controllable. Information in the processes isgathered in one system that makes it easier to track down and information in thesystem is always up to date.
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Wamelink J W F, Stoffele M, P van der Aalst W M (2002).
Workflowmanagement in construction; Opportunities for the future. Agger K (ed.); Distributing knowledge in building; Arhus, June 12 - 14, Denmark (ISSN: 2706-6568),