A service oriented framework for construction supply chain integration
Journal article, 2010

The benefits of integrating and coordinating supply chain partners have been well recognized in many industries. In the construction industry, supply chain integration is technically challenging due to the high fragmentation of the industry. Information, applications, and services are loosely distributed among participants with a wide range of hardware and software capabilities. In addition, participants are often unwilling to share information because the temporary nature of construction projects often impedes the establishment of trust. A secure, modular, and flexible system that can aggregate scattered information and share that information across applications is, therefore, highly desirable. We have prototyped a service oriented, web-based system that can provide both these capabilities. Called the SC Collaborator, this system facilitates the flexible coordination of construction supply chains by leveraging web services, web portal, and open source technologies. These technologies enable the SC Collaborator system to provide an economical and customizable tool for integrating supply chain partners with a wide range of computing capabilities. This paper describes the overall architecture and the features of the system. Two example scenarios are included to demonstrate the potential of SC Collaborator in integrating and managing information from project partners. The first scenario is an e-Procurement example whereas the second is a rescheduling scenario based on the data from a completed project in Sweden. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Web services

Service oriented architecture

Construction supply chain integration

Open source



electronic data interchange

Web-based collaborative system









J. C. P. Cheng

Stanford University

K. H. Law

Stanford University

Hans Björnsson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Technology and Society

A. Jones

National Institute of Standards and Technology

R. Sriram

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Automation in Construction

0926-5805 (ISSN)

Vol. 19 2 245-260

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics



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