Concurrent engineering : a comparison between the aerospace and construction industries

Tookey, John and Bowen, Paul and Hardcastle, Cliff and Murray, Michael (2005) Concurrent engineering : a comparison between the aerospace and construction industries. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 3 (1). pp. 44-55.

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Abstract

The construction industry in the UK has been subject to frequent reports over recent years, all focusing on perceived inefficiencies within the industry and how processes can be improved to deliver construction projects on time, and within cost and quality targets. Most notable of these reports have been Latham (1994) and Egan (1998), which contend that construction should come closer to manufacturing in design, development and supply chain practices to achieve ambitious improvement targets. The most frequently mentioned industries for such “benchmarking” are the aerospace and automotive industries. Concurrent Engineering (CE) appears to offer significant potential to the construction industry as a means to achieve these targets. This paper identifies key aspects of CE practice in aerospace manufacturers and, in the spirit of the Egan report, possibilities for their adoption in UK construction projects.