Quantifying the time and cost associated with the request for information (RFI) process in construction

Mohamed, S. and Tilley, P. A. and Tucker, S. N. (1999) Quantifying the time and cost associated with the request for information (RFI) process in construction. International Journal of Construction Information Technology, 7 (1). pp. 35-50. ISSN 1471-4175

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Ideally, project documentation should be complete and there would be no need for subcontractors to seek further information from that which has already been provided. In practice, this is rarely the case. The use of 'Request For Information' (RFI) as a formalised process, by which information is gathered or clarified is very common throughout the Australian construction industry. This paper focuses on the use of simulation-based modelling to quantify the time and cost associated with this process as currently communicated between construction organisations. Information gathered from construction projects plus expert advice sought from industry professionals is incorporated as model input. The model shows that the mean cycle time for a typical RFI can be as high as 17 person-hours with most of that time being spent on gathering and cross-referencing information. The simulation model was then modified to explore the potential of implementing Electronic Data Management Technologies as a tool to significantly reduce the time and cost associated with the traditional paper-based RFI process.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2013 02:14
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2014 02:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: request for information; project documentation; information management; electronic data management; simulation modelling
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090599 Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150302 Business Information Systems
12 Built Environment and Design > 1202 Building > 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8701 Construction Planning > 870199 Construction Planning not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24373

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