Construction as biological cells: implications of the biological cell cycle for managing construction

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Abeysekera, Vasantha and Shelke, Mayur G.. 2015. "Construction as biological cells: implications of the biological cell cycle for managing construction ." Ahmed, Syed M., Xenidis, Yiannis, Azhar, Salman, Smith, Norma A., Yarris, Cat E. and Campbell, Shaunna (ed.) 8th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-8). Thessaloniki, Greece 27 - 30 May 2015 Geenville, North Carolina, USQ.
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Construction as biological cells: implications of the biological cell cycle for managing construction

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsAbeysekera, Vasantha (Author) and Shelke, Mayur G. (Author)
EditorsAhmed, Syed M., Xenidis, Yiannis, Azhar, Salman, Smith, Norma A., Yarris, Cat E. and Campbell, Shaunna
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-8)
ERA Conference ID77050
60421
Number of Pages8
Year2015
Place of PublicationGeenville, North Carolina, USQ
ISBN9780989462372
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.citcglobal.com/
Conference/Event8th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-8)
International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
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8th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-8)
Parent
International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
Delivery
In person
Event Date
27 to end of 30 May 2015
Event Location
Thessaloniki, Greece
Event Details
International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
Abstract

The concept of a cell as a unit of construction is advanced exploring the notion of construction as biological cells metaphorically, inspired by the striking similarity of a biological cell as a building block of a multicellular organism with the hope of finding new ways of solving perennial construction problems given also that many have benefitted by learning from nature. As biological cells procreate through cell division, it follows a unique cyclic process with an astonishingly error-free cell division process despite the complexity of the process. This cyclic process consists of four phases with three checkpoints including a forced rest state. A critical incident with a quality problem was selected in order to examine the relevance of the biological cell cycle. Study finds that checkpoints at mobilisation and completion are invaluable. Results suggest there is potential for further exploration of the cell cycle to establish its value, reliability, and validity with the hope of developing a suitable cell cycle control mechanism for construction including the form and nature of the embedded design and cell control checkpoints.

Keywordsbiological cell cycle, biomimicry, cell, cellular construction, metaphor
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020330202. Building construction management and project planning
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Copyright © 2015 by CITC-8, Greenville, North Carolina, USA. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any formor by any means without written permission from the editors.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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