Process Modelling in the Construction Industry.Current Best Practise in Sweden, The United Kingdom and Finland. A Case Study from 10 Companies in the Industry and 3 from Other Industries
Corresponding Author: Nilsson, Anders
Author(s): Nilsson, A.
Organisation(s): Division of Construction Management and Economics, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden)
The need for process modelling an the construction industry has gradually increased during the last 10 years. The main reasons are an increasingly complex and fragmented building process, the need for process clarification in conjunction with formal quality- and environmental assurance systems. The introduction of new information technologies and document management systems also requires process clarification to be effective.

This paper presents a study of the modelling practices in 10 leading companies in Sweden, The United Kingdom and Finland. The aim of the study was to document best practise in the industry and also with the help of these companies and other organisations get an understanding of where the industry in general was standing. This paper is the first step in a 3-year research project, Models for the Construction Industry (MoPo), which aims at developing methodologies, models and tools for Process Modelling. To get an idea of the potential of process modelling, 3 companies in the car and medical industry was also studied. The findings of the study were that only a few of the companies used a formal process modelling methodology like IDEF0. The rest used as-hoc solutions with tools like auto-cad. The industry in general did not model their processes in any formal way at all.

All the interviewed companies agreed to the need for process modelling but they lacked methodologies and tools adopted to the specific needs of the construction industry.