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

Abeysekera, Vasantha and Shelke, Mayur G. (2015) Construction as biological cells: implications of the biological cell cycle for managing construction. In: 8th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century: Changing the Field: Recent Developments for the Future of Engineering and Construction (CITC-8), 27-30 May 2015, Thessaloniki, Greece.


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.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 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.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 06 May 2016 02:02
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2018 04:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: biological cell cycle, biomimicry, cell, cellular construction, metaphor
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1202 Building > 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8799 Other Construction > 879999 Construction not elsewhere classified

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