A collaborative design appraisal system for water treatment engineering projects

Ming Sun*, Ghassan Aouad

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)


Water treatment projects usually involve large capital investment. Design appraisal is crucial to ensure project quality and cost effectiveness. The aim of design appraisal is to give the design team an opportunity to evaluate a proposed solution at the design stage when the benefits for change are high and cost is low. Design appraisal is a collaborative decision-making process that requires good communication and knowledge sharing between all the team members. Unfortunately, at present in practice there are many communication bottlenecks that result in decisions being made without proper evaluation and appraisal. The paper describes the development of a collaborative design appraisal system, which facilitates a remotely located design team to work in collaboration, carry out what-if analysis and optimise the design of water treatment projects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)737-743
Number of pages7
JournalAdvances in Engineering Software
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003


  • Design collaboration
  • Information sharing
  • Integrated project database
  • Water industry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Engineering(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'A collaborative design appraisal system for water treatment engineering projects'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this