Special Issue "Tolerance Management in Architecture, Engineering and Construction"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: tolerance management; lean construction; platform design; benefit realization; requirement management; value generation; construction engineering and management; healthcare infrastructure; product development; mass customization; automated regulated checking; process management
Interests: tolerance management; construction engineering and management; platform design; condition monitoring of infrastructure; lean facilities management; BIM
The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry has been criticized for a lack of well-developed and widely accepted methods to provide designers and practitioners proactive insight into avoiding defects associated with dimensional and geometric variations. The existing software (e.g., BIM) is not yet developed enough to support approaches proposed in the existing AEC literature, and a reluctance prevails in the industry to use potential solutions that are not automated and/ or are not supported by organizations developing standards. As a result, intratrade and intertrade tolerance related defects are amongst the most recurring defects in every building and civil engineering project. Those defects are too often dealt with at the time and place of the construction work and they considerably increase the cost of construction and maintenance, cause delays, increase material wastage, and adversely influence customer satisfaction.
Over the years, researchers have been tackling various research areas related to tolerances, and organizations developing standards (e.g., BSI, ISO, ACI) aim to routinely revise their guidelines to better address tolerances in design and construction. This Special Issue provides a platform for researchers to consolidate their efforts and augment knowledge in this important area, in order to take stock of the latest developments in this area, identify trends and developments not only in the AEC industry but also in other industries, and propose tangible solutions to unravel management of dimensional and geometric variations across the AEC industry. The provision of such an interdisciplinary platform is deemed to be essential because developing a workable solution for managing tolerances would require an amalgamation and composition of different fields of knowledge, including project management, engineering, design, technology, and materials science.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Exemplary practices in tolerance management;
- Methods to achieve tolerance compatibility (e.g., process capability, product design, assembly planning, accurate setting-out, DfMA);
- Challenges and updates in standards and regulatory frameworks addressing tolerances;
- Coordination of tolerances across the supply chain;
- Automation of various areas within tolerance management using remote sensing technologies, AR/VR, BIM, digital twin, artificial intelligence, robots, computer-aided tolerancing software, etc;
- Risk management strategies and tolerances;
- Simulation tools and mathematical models for tolerance analysis;
- Integration and communication of specified and achieved tolerances in architectural and engineering drawings and models;
- Impact of tolerances on KPIs and functional requirements (e.g., quality, safety, structural integrity, energy efficiency, water tightness);
- Adoption of novel methods from other industries (e.g., GD&T, VD&T, Taguchi methods);
- Tolerances in prefabrication and modularization construction, passive house concept, and 3D printing for construction;
- Tolerances in the fields of platform design and mass customization;
- Automated code checking for tolerances;
- Adoption of lean construction principles and methods (e.g., continuous improvement, standardization, last planner system, target value design) for tolerance management;
- Development of theory for tolerance management;
- Tolerances in project auditing, review, close-out, and condition monitoring.
Prof. Dr. Michail Kagioglou
Dr. Saeed Talebi
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- Tolerance management
- technologies, modeling
- standards, methods
- whole lifecycle cost
- quality management