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01/19/18: Defence of dissertation in the field of civil engineering, building design and construction, Mehmet Yalcinkaya, M.Sc. (Eng)

Technical and cognitive barriers for the effective utilization of AEC-FM standards.

The public examination of the doctoral dissertation of Mehmet Yalcinkaya, M.Sc. (Tech.), will be held on 19 January 2017 at 12.00 at the Aalto University School of Engineering. The title of the dissertation is Understanding the Technical and Cognitive Challenges, and Closing the Gaps in Architectural, Engineering, Construction-Facility Management Standards. Field of the dissertation is civil engineering, building design and construction.

Standardization has played a vital role in AEC-FM (Architecture-Engineering-Construction and Facilities Management) industry for the principles of modeling, design, information management. One of the central issues in standardization for AEC-FM industry has been how to structure digital information of a facility, to facilitate the sharing of data among different disciplines through the project lifecycle. However, despite such intensive efforts in industry standards, the AEC-FM industry is still suffering from inefficient digital information management.

Developing the standards is not merely a technical issue, but it is equally important to understand how the standards are perceived and utilized by end users. Until now, the usage and usability factors associated with AEC-FM standards has remained largely overlooked, indicating a critical gap in the literature. This oversight could be a potentially significant factor in the adoption as well as effective utilization of such advanced solutions in the AEC-FM industry. Therefore, this research investigates the conceptual and theoretical aspects of the evolution of such standards, and the challenges associated with their usability and wider adoption across expert and non-expert users.

The results of this research are obtained by harmonizing the iterative steps of design thinking and agile development; with workshops, focus group meetings and development hackathon sessions. The usability challenges are evaluated and addressed in those sessions with a technical contribution that addresses the needs and requirements of a generic, flexible and scalable data integration, management and interoperability platform while positioning the user-centric design, human cognition and visual perception principles at its core.

The feedback from the industry representatives indicate the validity of the theoretical and technical output of this research, which was seen as a novel and innovative approach to address a long-standing issue of technical and non-user-friendly applications in AEC-FM digitalization in general.

Opponent: Professor Timo Hartmann, Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Bauingenieurwesen, Germany

Supervisor: Professor Vishal Singh, Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Finland

Electronic dissertation: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-60-7768-0 or https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/29551

Contact information: Mehmet Yalcinkaya, mehmet.yalcinkaya@aalto.fi