Construction as biological cells: an exploratory study

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Abeysekera, Vasantha and Shelke, Mayur. 2018. "Construction as biological cells: an exploratory study." The International Journal of Construction Management. 18 (4), pp. 276-292. https://doi.org/10.1080/15623599.2017.1358132
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Construction as biological cells: an exploratory study

ERA Journal ID40463
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAbeysekera, Vasantha (Author) and Shelke, Mayur (Author)
Journal TitleThe International Journal of Construction Management
Journal Citation18 (4), pp. 276-292
Number of Pages17
Year2018
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1562-3599
2331-2327
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/15623599.2017.1358132
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/3YwECHI5xesK9rRdtVKZ/full
Abstract

Perfection in nature is inspiring. The near-flawless proliferation of biological cells to construct a functional structure based on an embedded design is impressive. Accordingly, biological cell theory is explored using simile and metaphor to draw further inspiration for developing new insights. It is shown through examples that cells similar to biological cells can indeed be identified in construction including embedded designs. Biological cell properties are reviewed, and three properties, namely embedded design, rate of cell proliferation, and biological cell control mechanism are explored synthesizing new insights for managing construction. A new model symbolized as Readiness–Growth–Rest (RGR) consisting of three main states has also been proposed for cell-based construction driven by the embedded design. It consists of a readiness gate to ensure the embedded design is flawless and its readiness to enter the Growth state with transient growth checks and a completion gate. Any cell abnormality during the Growth state including any instability in the rate of cell proliferation diverts the cell into a Transient Rest state for appropriate action before it is permitted to re-enter the Growth state. The suitability, acceptability, and feasibility of the RGR model needs to be ascertained further for cell-based construction to be a greater reality.

Keywordsbiomimicry, construction cell, metaphor, production management, readiness, simile
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020330202. Building construction management and project planning
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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