Traceability for Built Assets: Proposed Framework for a Digital Record

Richard Watson, Mohamad Kassem, Jennifer Li

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In May 2018, the UK Government published an independent review of building regulations and fire safety in response to the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower. The Hackitt Review identified the need for traceability; a ‘golden thread’ preserving critical information about design intent and the as-constructed building in a proposed Digital Record (DR). This study proposes a framework for a DR for traceability of all built assets, new and existing. Three structured workshops including four working groups were held with industry practitioners and academics to collaboratively establish definitions of traceability and a DR. The key requirements of the DR were identified through development of 63 use cases. Building on traceability systems research in other industries, a framework for traceability of built assets was developed and analysed with industry. The framework, containing both information chains, supply chains and unique identification of traceable items, is outlined in this paper and its key components are discussed along with identification of areas for further research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Creative Construction Conference 2019
Subtitle of host publication29 June – 2 July 2019, Budapest, Hungary
EditorsMiklós Hajdu, Miroslaw J. Skibniewski
Place of PublicationBudapest
PublisherBudapest University of Technology and Economics
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9786155270567
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2019
EventCreative Construction Conference 2019 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 29 Jun 20192 Jul 2019


ConferenceCreative Construction Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleCCC2019
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