Re-engineering the whole life cycle costing process

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    The application of Whole Life Cycle Costing (WLCC) within the construction industry is rapidly increasing; notwithstanding, the underlying methodology of many WLCC models is variable and inconsistent. The deficiency in detailed recording of decisions based on WLCC analyses is a particular concern and moreover, attempts to capture the data related to these decisions are not evident. Data capture is vital in facilitating the iterative and logical application of WLCC. In an attempt to re-engineer the WLCC design process, the evolving research described hereinafter reports on the development of the 'Logbook', a WLCC model decision-support software application. The application works simultaneously with a WLCC model to provide the designers of buildings with a repository of decision data (via the WLCC model), and a sequential, chronological record of the decisions made based on this data - from inception through to final design optimization. It is anticipated that the software will encourage the application of WLCC models as an iterative rather than retrospective process. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)9-14
    Number of pages5
    JournalConstruction management and economics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005


    • Cost modelling
    • Data collection
    • Decision-making
    • Design process
    • Whole life cycle costing


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