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Arayici, Y and Aouad, G (2004) Industry driven innovative systems development for the construction industry: the DIVERCITY project. In: Khosrowshahi, F (Ed.), Proceedings 20th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2004, Edinburgh, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 777–84.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: contextual design; industrial uptake; requirements engineering; incremental prototyping; unified modelling language
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0 9534161 9 4
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2004-0777-0784_Arayici_and_Aouad.pdf
  • Abstract:
    Collaborative working has become possible using the innovative integrated systems in construction as many activities are preformed globally with stakeholders situated in various locations. The integrated VR based information systems can bind the fragmentation and provide communication and collaboration between the distributed stakeholders in various locations. The development of these technologies is vital for the uptake of these systems by the construction industry. Therefore, requirements engineering can be a key aspect for the effective development and implementation of these technologies. The research project called DIVERCITY was a European consortium of researchers and practitioners from the construction industry who developed a virtual environment that enables the industry to better undertake the client briefing and design reviews. The project had the acronym DIVERCITY for "Distributed Virtual Workspace for Enhancing Communication within the Construction Industry". The paper starts by establishing the importance of requirements engineering in the Construction Information Technology (CIT) community, as well as explaining some of the current methods and trends in requirements engineering. Then, the research methodology is described to establish a base for the findings and results in the research. This is followed by an explanation of DIVERCITY's requirements engineering approach and exploration of some of its strengths & weaknesses. Finally the results and findings in regard to requirements engineering from the DIVERCITY case study project are represented and discussed about how to improve the requirements capture & testing process in the CIT research community.