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Research Trends in Information Technology Applications in Construction Safety Engineering and Management
Mirosɬaw J. Skibniewski
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (3): 246-259.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014034
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Through analysis of articles published from 2000 to March 2014 in Automaton in Construction (AUTCON), an international research journal published by Elsevier, this paper summarizes the topics of research and the institutions worldwide where research was conducted in construction safety engineering and management. Seventy-one articles published during this time focused on Information Technology (IT) applications in this field were selected for analysis. The underlying research topics and their related IT implementations are discussed, and research trends in allied specialties are identified.

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区块链技术在施工工程管理中的应用展望
Jun WANG, Peng WU, Xiangyu WANG, Wenchi SHOU
Front. Eng    2017, 4 (1): 67-75.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2017006
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目前的建筑工程管理在信任,信息共享和过程自动化方面面临诸多挑战。区块链是一种分散的交易和数据管理技术,2008年以来引起了越来越多的学术界、工业界人士的兴趣。然而,大多数现有的研究和实践侧重于区块链本身(即技术挑战和局限性)或其在金融服务部门(如比特币)的应用情况。本文旨在探讨区块链技术在建筑领域的应用潜力。提出了三种类型的区块链应用机制来分别改进合同管理、供应链管理和设备租赁的当前流程。本文还讨论了区块链应用的挑战。

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Yesterday, Today and Future of the Engineering Management Body of Knowledge
Hiral Shah,Walter Nowocin
Front. Eng    2015, 2 (1): 60-63.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2015009
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Young engineers are often promoted to leadership roles such as a team leader or a manager within 3 to 6 years of graduating from an undergraduate degree in a technical area. To be competent and successful in their leadership role engineers need to update their engineering management knowledge and learn new skills. The purpose of engineering management body of knowledge (EMBOK) is to delineate the knowledge, skills, and competency areas that are applicable to the engineering management discipline. It basically answers the question, “What does it take to be an effective engineering manager?” The EMBOK is based on a validated study and can be used for curriculum development, certification exams, and professional development programs. This paper describes the 11 domains that are included in the EMBOK and discuss the future publication of the EMBOK Guide. American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) offers two certification exams based on the EMBOK, Associate Engineering Manager (AEM) and Professional Engineering Manager (PEM).These certification exams can help an individual in the engineering management profession to show that they have kept up in the field and possess the necessary skills and competency to practice in the discipline. A detailed description of this certification program is included in this paper. The future of EMBOK and the certification program is also discussed.

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Comparative Analysis of the Solid Waste Emissions between the Industrialized and Traditional Residential Building
Wei Chen,Wen Zeng,Ming-de Tong,Jin Yan
Front. Eng    2015, 2 (2): 188-192.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2015020
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This paper aims at analyzing the solid waste emission issues between the industrialized and traditional residential building. The evaluation system of such rubble waste from construction and demolition (C&D waste), including evaluation index and model was proposed based on the “whole life cycle” comprehensive evaluation method. The?empirical?study was applied using a steel structure industrial type of construction, applied to a residential building and comparing against the traditional construction of such dwelling. The result shows that the industrial construction is an effective way to protect the environment.

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Mankind and Mega-projects
Naomi J. Brookes
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (3): 241-245.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014033
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Throughout history mankind has sought to improve its economic and even its spiritual development through the creation of gargantuan and awe-inspiring infrastructure projects. The twenty-first century has seen the rapid growth of the use of this type of project in providing society’s needs: such projects are widely referred to as “mega-projects”. Mega-projects are extremely large-scale infrastructure projects typically costing more than $1 billion. Mega-projects include power-plant (conventional, nuclear or renewable), oil and gas extraction and processing projects and transport projects such as highways and tunnels, bridges, railways, seaports and even cultural events such as the Olympics. Mega-projects are united by their extreme complexity (both in technical and human terms) and by a long record of poor delivery. What to do in the face of this dilemma is a question that is still being asked by mega-project practitioners and academics alike.

This paper presents the unique work of the MEGAPROJECT COST Action which brings together a multi-disciplinary network of over 80 researchers from 24 countries to respond to this dilemma. Mega-project’s aim involves capturing the existing performance of large infrastructural mega-projects and understanding how their delivery can be improved. In order to do this, the investigation has gathered together the MEGAPROJECT Portfolio. The Portfolio contains meta-data on a wide range of mega-projects from across countries and sectors and acts as a firm empirical foundation for the investigation’s activities.

Having assembled the MEGAPROJECT Portfolio, this paper shows how analyzing the Portfolio shatters myths of mega-project management and identifies new areas of fruitful investigation. Mega-project’s findings downplay the importance of formal project management tools and techniques in insuring successful delivery. Instead mega-project highlights the need to concentrate on the impact of financing on project governance, the technical modularization of the project and the devastating roles that eternal stakeholders can have on mega-project delivery. Most importantly, it discusses how we can effectively learn across mega-projects in order to maximize their value to their stakeholders and to society as a whole.

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Situational Awareness in Construction and Facility Management
Burcu Akinci
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (3): 283-289.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014037
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Engineers and managers involved in construction and facility/infrastructure operations need situational awareness about the as-is conditions when making daily decisions and developing short- and long-term plans. Yet, currently situational awareness of engineers is often challenged due to missing data and the available data not being in a format that is easily accessible and actionable. Advances in reality capture technologies, such as 3-dimensional (3D) imaging, in-situ sensing, equipment on-board instrumentation and electronic tagging, streamline the capturing of the as-is conditions on job sites. The data collected from these technologies, integrated with building information models depicting the as-planned conditions, can help in creating and storing the history of as-is conditions of a facility to support a variety of decisions that engineers and managers need to make. While the opportunities associated with integrating building information models and data capture technologies are compelling, several challenges need to be addressed through research for effective usage of these technologies. Such challenges include assessing the accuracy of the data collected at the field, developing and evaluating data processing and data fusion approaches, formalizing integrated representation of building information models and sensor and other relevant data, and investigating and developing approaches for analyzing and visualizing such integrated information models. This paper provides examples of recent research studies done at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University that demonstrate opportunities associated with integrating building information models and sensor information for facility operations.

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Dong-ying Li: a Brief Biography
Zhu Peng,Guo-yue Yang
Front. Eng    2015, 2 (2): 193-194.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2015021
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The Construction of a Green Transportation System of China
Zhi-huan Fu,Qing-zhong Luo,Guang-zhi Jia
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (1): 3-12.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014003
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Since the 21st century, the transportation industry in China has achieved rapid growth with a significant increase in the transport capacity; however the development has also greatly impacted the energy saving & environmental conservation. This paper takes into account non-commercial vehicles such as private cars in the statistics of energy consumption and pollution of Chinese transportation system. This method extends on previous methods which solely include commercial vehicles in these statistics. Based on more comprehensive quantitative data, it reviews the progress in the energy saving and environmental conservation efforts by the Chinese transportation industry and points out that the rapid increase of energy consumption and pollution emission and the deterioration of traffic congestion are prominent problems in the development of the Chinese transport industry. The main reasons for theses problems include the unbalanced development of different transport modes, the irrational layout of integrated transport hubs, the inadequate law, regulations and standards, and the use of suboptimal technology. Based on these findings, this paper proposes several goals for the construction of a green transportation system in China including the establishment of a transportation management system, the improvement of transportation energy efficiency, the control of environmental pollution and the alleviating of urban traffic congestion. Additionally, it points out that in order to build a green transportation system in China, multiple aspects should be enhanced, i.e., the formulation of traffic planning, the optimization of transport structure, the development of urban public transport, improvement of integrated hubs, administration of energy saving and environmental conservation, development of intelligent transportation systems, technical innovations, etc..

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Management and Practice of Large-Scale Modern Coal Enterprises
An Wang
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (1): 13-17.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014004
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As the coal-dominated energy structure will remain unchanged in the short term, the sustainable development of the coal industry is still serving as one of the foundations for the sound development of the national economy. The construction of modernized mines based on "four orientations", that is, orientations of scale production, modern technology and equipment, informationized management and professional working team, has been rapidly enhancing its development in the recent decade. However, in the next decade or an even longer period, the industry, with the energy centre shifting to the West of China, will be exposed to new options and development in the layout, structure, model, technology, etc.

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Practice of Unconventional Gas Development and Engineering Management Innovation in China
Wen-rui Hu,Jing-wei Bao,Bin Hu
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (1): 18-29.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014005
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This article analyses the recent progressive increase in resourcequantity and production quantity of unconventional natural gas in China, describes its natural properties and the concepts, strategies and approaches of its development, summarizes the special techniques, management concepts and development modes formed in the process of its development, and puts forward proposals to accelerate the development of unconventional natural gas of China. The technically recoverable reserve of unconventional natural gas is 1.7 times that of conventional natural gas and its output in 2012 accounted for 41.8% of the total output in China. Chinese tight gas development has gained success, coal-bed methane development and shale gas production pilots have made important progresses. As the key feature of unconventional natural gas is "low grade", for the effective scale development, developers must build up the engineering concept of low-grade resources development, adhere to the low cost strategy, take the development route of "a step backward and then a step forward", apply such ideas and methods of engineering management as low cost dualistic integrative innovation, full control network management, economic limit theory, integrated operation and "four orientations" engineering management, establish a "two lows" engineering management system, and take reference of the successful development mode of the tight gas in Sulige and the coal-bed methane in the Qinshui basin. In order to achieve the objective of rapid development of nonconventional natural gas in China and to accelerate the development pace, the government should continue to increase support, to speed up the reform of natural gas price adjustment, to set up national comprehensive development and utilization demonstration areas, to input in sustainable technological research and to promote engineering management innovation.?

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Exploration and Practice in Systems Engineering Management of Large Coal-based Integrated Energy Projects of Shenhua
Wen Ling
Front. Eng    2015, 2 (2): 173-177.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2015029
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With an analysis of current development of China’s coal industry, this paper, in the perspectives of concept innovation, technological innovation and management innovation, introduces the exploration and engineering practice by Shenhua Group in coordination with coal and the environment, co-development of coal and the associated resources as well as clean and efficient utilization of coal. Based on systems engineering of Shenhua’s coal-based integrated energy projects, the paper also presents practice and experience in technological and management innovation.

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Analysis of Flue Gas Pollutants Deep-removal Technology in Coal-fired Power Plants
Xiao-lu Zhang
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (4): 336-340.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014061
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In recent years, frequent haze has made PM2.5 become a public hotspot. PM2.5 control has been added to the 2012 release “ambient air quality standard.” Currently flue gas pollutant control technology does not easily remove PM2.5. Developing Flue Gas Pollutant Deep-removal Technology (DRT) for coal-fired power plants for deep-removing pollutants such as PM2.5, SO2, SO3, and heavy metals, is an urgent problem. Based on the analysis of the necessity and existing problems of developing DRT suitable for China, this study focused on PM2.5 removal technology, low NOx emission of ultra supercritical boiler under all load conditions, and the adaptability of SCR working temperature. Finally, the flue gas pollutant removal system at a 2×660MW supercritical power plant was introduced, and the roadmap for developing DRT for 1,000MW ultra supercritical units was analyzed.

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Decision Support System for Evaluating Impact of Product Carbon Labeling Scheme
Xu Dong-ling,Foster Chris,Hu Ying,Yang Jian-bo
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (1): 89-104.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014015
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In this paper a decision support system for systematically evaluating the impact of labeling products with their carbon footprints is developed and applied to prioritize products for carbon labeling in a large supermarket chain in the UK. Carbon labels may change consumers' behavior and encourage suppliers to implement carbon-reduction solutions. Those changes may, however, lead to unintended risks. To handle the challenges of uncertainties in the evaluation, the Evidential Reasoning approach and the Intelligent Decision System software for multi-criteria decision analysis are applied to support the process. The system developed can be applied to assessing the impact of sustainable development policies to maximize their benefits and minimize their risks.

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Hongshiyan Landslide Dam Danger Removal and Coordinated Management
Ning Liu
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (3): 308-317.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014041
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This paper takes an overview of the Hongshiyan landslide dam triggered by an earthquake near Ludian County in Zhaotong City, Yunnan Province, introduces how the danger removal plan is drafted and implemented, and analyzes the outcome of its implementation. The paper then explains the significance and effect of coordinated management in the event of natural disasters and other public safety emergencies, and discusses ways to improve coordinated management.

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Promote the Engineering of Ecological Civilization Construction by Building "Resource-conserving and Environment-friendly Society"
Chen Xiao-hong,Zhou Zhi-yu
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (1): 83-88.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014012
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The research elaborated the internal connections between the construction of ecological civilization and "Resource-conserving and Environment-friendly Society", introduced the practice and achievements of promoting the construction of Ecological Civilization in the National Synthetically Reform Pilot Zone of the "Resource-conserving and Environment-friendly Society" in Chang-Zhu-Tan(C-Z-T) City Cluster, which is focusing on the establishment of standard system, the promotion of reform in ten key areas, the construction of ten key environmental projects, and the promotion of ten low-carbon clean technologies. Based on this, the research pointed out structural and institutional obstacles and problems in further promoting the construction of "Resource-conserving and Environment-friendly Society" and Ecological Civilization. Finally, focusing on reform and innovation, the research provided suggestions to deepen the reform of the construction of "Resource-conserving and Environment-friendly Society" and Ecological Civilization in four aspects, such as dividend of institution, dividend of nomocracy, dividend of development, and dividend of market.

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Establishing Profiles for Systems Engineering Standards: A Great Help for Companies to Manage Their Processes
Rui Xue,Claude Baron,Philippe Esteban,Qiang Zhang
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (3): 297-303.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014036
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In this paper, we discuss how to establish profiles of system engineering standards for companies. To define an appropriate system engineering standard for a company, this paper presents a detailed comparison between the current releases of the main system engineering sta-ndards (ANSI/ EIA-632, ISO/IEC-15288 and IEEE-1220), and explains how to choose the most adapted one according to the company practices. When no standard completely corresponds, the paper illustrates how to elaborate a tailor-made standard on the basis of specific required characteristics of the company or of the project, following a multi-standard approach, leading to extend and adapt a sta-ndard by importing some elements from another.

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Trapezoidal Intuitionistic Fuzzy Aggregation Operator Based on Choquet Integral and Its Application to Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Problems
Xi-hua Li,Xiao-hong Chen
Front. Eng    2015, 2 (3): 266-276.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2015048
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The Choquet integral can serve as a useful tool to aggregate interacting criteria in an uncertain environment. In this paper, a trapezoidal intuitionistic fuzzy aggregation operator based on the Choquet integral is proposed for multi-criteria decision-making problems. The decision information takes the form of trapezoidal intuitionistic fuzzy numbers and both the importance and the interaction information among decision-making criteria are considered. On the basis of the introduction of trapezoidal intuitionistic fuzzy numbers, its operational laws and expected value are defined. A trapezoidal intuitionistic fuzzy aggregation operator based on the Choquet integral is then defined and some of its properties are investigated. A new multi-criteria decision-making method based on a trapezoidal intuitionistic fuzzy Choquet integral operator is proposed. Finally, an illustrative example is used to show the feasibility and availability of the proposed method.

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Research and Practice of Meta-synthesis Management for the Government-led Urban Complex Construction Project
Ru-gui Chen,Jia-meng Chen
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (1): 52-61.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014008
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This paper researches the overall construction target of government-led urban complex construction projects based on the perspective of sustainable urban development.In order to achieve benefit maximization, the meta-synthesis management for the government-led urban complex construction project is studied.In order to combine theory and practice, several typical government-led urban complex construction project cases, such as Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center and Guangzhou International Financial City etc. areexamined. These examples point to thefeasibility of government-led meta-synthesis management and demonstrate the benefits that can be achieved through this model.

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The Mode of Urban Renewal Base on the Smart City Theory under the Background of New Urbanization
Yi-hua Mao,Hong-yu Li,Qin-rui Xu
Front. Eng    2015, 2 (3): 261-265.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2015035
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The Smart City, coordinated development of economy, ecology and society, is the future of cities. Urban renewal is an important way to build the Smart City. Based on the Smart City theory, the authors propose the “12345” model of urban renewal, which means developing a tailored proposal of the city and citizen, and building “one city management system, two supporting safeguard measures, three information infrastructure platforms, four urban management modes, and five application service systems.” The city will gain the ability of self-adjustment and self-improvement. Smart urban renewal model not only solves the problems of the city at this stage, but also promotes the all-round development of the city, and access to sustainable development.

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Strategic Thinking on a Revolution/an Evolution in Production and Consumption of Energy in China
Ke-chang Xie,Ke Liu
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (1): 30-36.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014006
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This article summarizes the thinking behind the call for a revolution/an evolution in China's energy production and consumption. China is still a developing country, though it has experienced fast economic growth in the past thirty years. It achieved great accomplishments surprising the world, and it is also confronted with challenges on energy supply and environmental protection. As environmental pollution becomes more and more serious, the energy challenges have become more and more complicated. With this in mind, the authors analyzed China's energy situation, China's energy supply and consumption, the world energy map, China's commitment both to improving its domestic environment and fulfilling its international obligations to control climate change. Action plans are presented to support the call for a revolution/an evolution in China's energy production and consumption as an effective assurance for China's ambitious goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

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NewIndustrial Revolution and Environmental Protection
Qian Yi
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (1): 71-75.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014011
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Serious environmental problems have appeared in China since the rapid economic growth 30 years ago, which affect human's health and become a limiting factor for further development. It has brought about the rethinking of traditional ways for economy development and environmental protection, and realized that the change in the model of development and environment protection is of significance. A new industrial revolution is needed for protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development. This paper discusses the characteristics of the new industrial revolution for sustainable development including cleaner production, circular economy, and industrial ecology. Lessons from China and abroad will be introduced to prove that new strategies for environment protection and economic development are needed.

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Two-echelon Emergency Response Problem and Simulation Considering Secondary Disasters
Han-peng Zhang,Yi Liao,Hui-xia Luo
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (3): 318-321.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014042
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It is necessary for subsequent resource distribution planning that get expected relief time considering secondary disasters after natural disaster. The goal of this research is to develop a two-echelon emergency resource distribution model under condition of secondary disasters. Taking minimal maximize relief time as criterion of relief performance, we developed response strategies and simulation model to get the expected value. Numerical studies of this paper presented the result of response strategies.

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Practice and Experience of Canton Tower Project Management
Rong-hua Yi
Front. Eng    2016, 3 (1): 74-79.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2016013
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This paper presents a brief introduction about the preliminary consulting and tender agent of Canton Tower, the basic situation of the whole-process supervision on the construction site, and a general summary of the Canton Tower project management. What’s more, the author suggests that some guidelines be formed for supervision enterprises involved in large-scale project management.

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Inheritance and Innovation of Engineering Management Informatization
Kai Sun,Ren-huai Liu
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (1): 76-82.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014014
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In the life-cycle of large projects, the operational phase lasts the longest, costs the most and substantially benefits the project. During the whole phase, energy, material and human resources may cost a lot. Effective control of such costs is one of the main targets of engineering management informatization. How to lower the organization collaboration cost in project management and how to support effective collaboration among different areas, organizations and departments in the ways of technology and management are major goals in engineering management informatization. In the phase of project operation, project owners, partners and customers are the stakeholders of engineering management informatization. Through the case of airport management informatization, inherited and innovation of engineering management informatization will be discussed. It is illustrated that airport informatization is the innovation of business model and technology applications through the analysis and study on cases of airport informatization.

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Exploration on Engineering Management Practice of China’s High Speed Railways
Yong-fu Sun
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (3): 232-240.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014043
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This paper explores the principal motivations and successful experiences of the rapid development of China’s high speed railway. In the perspective of the engineering management practice, the developers have studied and made prospective mid- and long-term railway network planning, including the four east-west and four north-south corridors as the backbone, the interregional urban passenger traffic corridors and the intercity railways, with a planning scale above 16,000 km. Under the overall coordination of the government, a high speed railway technology system has been formed with the China’s characteristics, by the way of sticking to independent innovation, of combining original innovation, collaborative innovation and integrative innovation, and of attaching importance to experimental verification. The target control system and support-guarantee system were established for the high speed railway project, enacting standardized management, strengthening integration test and commissioning, conducting strict acceptance, and achieving construction management experiences on the high speed railway. Finally, this paper proposes such issues worthy of attention and further study, as the improvement of the engineering decision-making management, the enhancement of investment and financing system reform, and the promotion of professionalization and the specialization of engineering project management.

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Neural Operation Management: A New Avenue for Productive and Military Operations
Qing-guo Ma
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (3): 304-307.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014039
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An important effect of technological progress is the increasing replacement of manual labor by mental labor in productive and military operations. The variation of the operator’s capabilities in cognition, judgment and decision-making has drawn much attention from operation management researchers. Monitoring and evaluation of these capabilities is especially significant in conditions such as long-time operation, operation with special properties and operation under special circumstances. The military power and economic power are both the key concerns for a nation. The military power depends not only on the weapon system, but also the operators’ capabilities of manipulating the system. Similarly, the economic power is not only dependent on advanced machine system, but also the operational capability of the operators. Thus it has become a hot field of research and practice to monitor and assess the operator’s physiological and psychological states online based on neural measurement technology, and then to give real time intervention, so as to reduce the occurrence of accidents and increase the operation performance.

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From Green to Sustainability—Trends in the Assessment Methods of Green Buildings
Steve Hsueh-Ming Wang,Paula Williams,Jing Shi,Huojun Yang
Front. Eng    2015, 2 (2): 114-121.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2015018
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This research investigates recent developments in assessment methods of green buildings and compares the differences in rating systems among the United Kingdom, USA, and Germany. There are indications that the rating systems are moving from green buildings to sustainable buildings. In order to understand the recent research in academic areas, we survey the recent Ph.D. dissertations and literature related to green building assessment. Discussion is provided on the major research areas of green buildings, which cover accountability of life cycle cost, methodology for balancing the three pillars, and government vision and public policy.

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Advancement of the Engineering Management Body of Knowledge
David A. Wyrick,Paul Kauffmann,Libby Schott,John V. Farr
Front. Eng    2015, 2 (1): 93-98.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2015008
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Trade around the world has become globally interconnected. Engineers play an integral role in designing products, managing supply chains, providing services, and increasing the quality of life for people and promoting sustainable development around the globe. Engineering managers make decisions every day that will have profound impacts on international suppliers, customers, partners, consumers, and the environment.

Traditional education for engineering students focuses on the technical aspects and scientific principles. Education in some countries may focus exclusively on mathematics, science, and engineering topics. The North American model incorporates a general education component into the undergraduate program of study to give students a broad appreciation of ideas ranging from art to literature to the social sciences.

This paper will investigate how undergraduate engineering management programs educate their students to be able to work in international settings or in the global workplace. This initial study will concentrate on the engineering management programs that are accredited by ABET, an international organization that accredits technical programs in higher education. ABET has accredited over 3,400 programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology in 28 countries. This study will access publicly available information to determine the breadth and depth of education related to helping prepare engineering management students to work in a global marketplace. These data will be collected from the programs accredited by ABET using the “Engineering Management” program criteria, due to the public availability of this information. Initial findings will be presented, and may serve to identify opportunities for cooperation and further work.

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Implement and Innovate Environmental Protection Measures, Promote Green Protection of Cultural Relics in the Three Gorges Area
Fu-qing Liang,Yong-ping Sun
Front. Eng    2014, 1 (4): 330-335.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2014055
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The subject is implementing and innovating environmental protection measures, and promoting green protection of cultural relics in the Three Gorges area. This thesis states its significance and effect in the beginning, and then summarizes seven pieces of main practice, includes five pieces of main effect. In the end, this thesis produces some relevant conclusions and suggestions about the subject.

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A Review on Shale Gas Development in Fuling
Zhi-gang Wang
Front. Eng    2015, 2 (1): 76-81.   https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2015011
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The Fuling Marine Shale Deposit contains vast gas resources. Due to tectonic activities, complex surface and geological conditions, significant differences make it unlike that of North America. Thus, it is not suitable to completely copy the technology and the development model from North America. Therefore we need engineering technology and a business development model fit for Fuling Shale Gas Development (FSGD). Through difficulties and characteristics analysis of the shale gas development area, we determined geological engineering design methods and integrated workflow, established a series of the core technologies, including horizontal well drilling with long laterals, staged fracturing and completion technology, developed main fluids, tools and equipment, put forward “well factory” mode in mountain region and “full cycle learning and system optimization” management methods. Break through was made in China’s first large-scale shale gas fields commercial development. By the end of 2014, production capacity reached 25 × 108 m3/a, and cumulative gas production reached 12.24 × 108 m3, which made a solid foundation to build production capacity of 50 × 108 m3/a in 2015 and 100 × 108 m3/a in 2017. Not only has FSGD established a demonstration for the other shale gas fields’ development, but also will be taken as reference to other large and extra-large construction projects of the industry.

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