Effective collaboration and knowledge management are the major contributors of success in the construction industry.
Although a huge amount of interdisciplinary knowledge is exchanged in building design processes, there is a lack of
tools for representing information flows. Therefore, this paper focuses on the collaboration between architects and structural
engineers and introduces an innovative matrix-based tool named “The Layered Dependency Structure Matrix” for
modeling and managing the discipline-specific and collaborative design activities. The proposed method is compared
with the conventional techniques used in the industry and its application is demonstrated in a beam design example.
Keywords: Collaborative Design, Design Process, Disciplinary Domains, Process Modeling, Dependency Structure
Matrix, Design Structure Matrix, Complexity Management.
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