Development of a methodology for live capture and reuse of project knowledge in construction

Hai Chen Tan*, Patricia M. Carrillo, Chimay J. Anumba, Nasreddine Bouchlaghem, John M. Kamara, Chika E. Udeaja

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The efforts to share and reuse knowledge generated on construction projects are undermined mainly by the loss of important insights and knowledge due to the time lapse in capturing the knowledge, staff turnover, and people's reluctance to share knowledge. To address this, it is crucial for knowledge to be captured "live" in a collaborative environment while the project is being executed and presented in a format that will facilitate its reuse during and after the project. This paper uses a case study approach to investigate the end-users' requirements for a methodology for the live capture and reuse of knowledge, and the shortcomings of current practice in meeting these requirements. A methodology for the live capture and reuse of project knowledge is then presented and discussed. The methodology, which comprises a web-based knowledge base, an integrated work-flow system and a project knowledge manager as the administrator, allows project knowledge to be captured live from ongoing projects. This also incorporates mechanisms to hasten knowledge validation and the dissemination of the knowledge once it has been validated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-26
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007


  • Construction companies
  • Construction management
  • Information technology (IT)
  • Knowledge-based systems
  • Project management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Engineering(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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