Biological cell theory based interventions and the impact on quality: the case of a tower project

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Shelke, Mayur and Abeysekera, Vasantha. 2017. "Biological cell theory based interventions and the impact on quality: the case of a tower project ." Ahmed, Syed M., Azhar , Salman, Smith, Norma A., Campbell, Shaunna C., Russell , Laura and Shah, Attaullah (ed.) 9th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-9) . Dubai, United Arab Emirates 05 - 07 Mar 2017 Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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Biological cell theory based interventions and the impact on quality: the case of a tower project

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsShelke, Mayur (Author) and Abeysekera, Vasantha (Author)
EditorsAhmed, Syed M., Azhar , Salman, Smith, Norma A., Campbell, Shaunna C., Russell , Laura and Shah, Attaullah
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-9)
ERA Conference ID60421
Number of Pages10
Year2017
Place of PublicationGreenville, North Carolina, USA
ISBN9780998752518
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/0d72f4_e8d5bd302826...
Conference/Event9th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-9)
International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
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9th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-9)
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International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
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In person
Event Date
05 to end of 07 Mar 2017
Event Location
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Event Details
International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
Abstract

Inspired by the almost defect-free proliferation of biological cells, authors have explored the notion of ‘construction as biological cells’ metaphorically to develop new insights on how to manage quality. Three concepts, namely, ‘transient cell cycle arrest (TCA)’, ‘readiness check’, and ‘embedded design’ were used as interventions to manage quality in a large transmission tower project taking a participatory approach with action research method and the participant observer method underpinning the investigation. Three cells which were part of the core activities and had a high potential for problems were selected for application of these concepts. TCA was triggered by non-compliance reports (NCRs) connected with the Excavation cell (all resulting in rework) which lead to the improvement of quality as evidenced by the reduction in a number of subsequent NCRs though raising questions on how, when, and why. The ‘readiness checks’ worked well with the Concrete Supply cell not reporting any NCRs. The ‘embedded design’ for the Steel Tower Assembly cell displayed the following features ‘prototyping prior to cell propagation, embedding lessons learnt, cell readiness checks and assessments, constant surveillance mechanisms during cell growth, feedback and feedforward loops, and product traceability systems’ which resulted in only two NCRs but no TCAs were initiated raising the question whether the first NCR should always lead to a TCA. These issues will be explored further in due course while noting that these interventions may have played a role in keeping rework costs below the threshold level and for the project been declared as the winner of the contractor’s national award for project excellence.

Keywordsbiological cell theory, embedded design, transient intervention, quality management
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020330202. Building construction management and project planning
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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