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Knowledge Management of the Interrelationships between Facilities Management and Building Projects

Special issue call for papers from Facilities

The issue of buildings not being designed and constructed in an operationally friendly way has long been recognized as a major problem among facilities managers in practice. This has resulted in the development of frameworks aimed at reducing this problem, and increasing the quality and performance of buildings, when they are taken into operation. In the US, Building Commissioning has become widespread by implementing a framework commonly used in shipbuilding and process industry. In the UK, the framework Soft Landings has been developed and achieved some success, including the introduction of Government Soft Landings for public building projects. Sustainability certification is another framework that is gaining increased ground, and to a certain degree has put more emphasis on considerations for building operation during design. In the building industry, there has for some years been a hype around BIM (Building Information Modelling) being the solution to bridge the information gap between building projects and building operation.

During the last decade, we have also seen an increasing interest in the issue among researchers. There have been a number of empirical studies focusing mainly on the handover of data and information from building projects to building operation. There has been less focus on how knowledge from Facilities Management (FM) can be integrated in building design. The same is the case for how operational-oriented knowledge can be managed during building projects. In this special issue, we would like to focus on all three of these aspects as well as more generally on Knowledge Management (KM) of the interrelationships between FM and building projects.

KM is a fairly new field of research with a strong development. The literature on KM in general and the still sparse literature on KM in FM and building projects show that there are two main schools of thought. One school can be characterised as technical-rationalist and focus on how knowledge can be codified, stored in repositories, and transferred from senders to receivers by use of ICT. The other school can be characterised as social-constructivist and perceives knowledge as socially constructed among people, when they interact with each other. We think that both schools can offer important insights to the topic of this special issue. Thus, we would like to see contributions that reflect both schools, and in particularly we would like to receive papers that combine the two schools in interesting ways

Anticipated themes of submissions include:

  • The use of knowledge management in facilities management and building projects i.e. trends, differences in cultures, theories, implementation strategies
  • Evaluation of existing buildings through the scope of FM knowledge, and transferring this to building design
  • (Dis)Advantages of codification of knowledge vs direct involvement
  • Methods of knowledge integration between facilities managers and building professionals
  • Assessment of different forms of organisations of building provision (Design-Tender-Build, Design-Build, Design-Build-Operate, PPP etc.)
  • Potential for project-orientated industries and operational-oriented KM to lead to increased innovation e.g. new technological
  • Which data, informationa and knowledge gained from building projects is needed for FM
  • Use of ICT tools such as BIM and project webs for the benefit of FM

Submission Information

Submission Deadline: November 2019

Submissions must be made via the journal’s ScholarOne page:
For more information on the submission process and author guidelines please see here. For any further questions please contact the Guest Editor.

Guest Editor

Assoc Prof Per Anker Jensen
DTU Management, Technical University of Denmark
[email protected]