|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 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.