The construction industry is known to be rich with information. Yet to-date there is no available system that standardizes this inormation so that it can be used as a common system throughout the design, construction, and management of a project and supports view conversion especially when different participants in building and construction represent different disciplines, each having his own view on information. This form of information standardization is termed as "construction information classification system (CICS) ". Currently the Egyptian industry does not have an adequate standardized construction information classification system (CICS). The only available systems in use are company-specific internal systems and even these do not adhere to the requirements of a CICS. The Egyptian construction industry faces today several drawbacks due to the absence of a standard Egyptian classification system. The availability of a standardized CICS would have many positive effects on construction workflow, of the several benefits is increasing efficiency, increasing productivity, increasing coordination, improving communication, improving decision making, cost reduction, improving competitiveness, improving information accessibility/availability and eventually better service to clients. This thesis proposed addresses the needs of the industry for a standard information system. A survey of the Egyptian construction industry IT penetration levels, market needs, flexibility or lack of available systems, construction information classification and specification structures that are currently in use was conducted. Based on the findings of this survey and previous research work a framework for developing a standard CICS is proposed. The framework provides a step by step process of how to develop such a system by implementing standardization at two levels: standardization at the industry level and standardization at the information content level. At the industry level consensus agreement is reached by establishing an organization whose members represent the industry and would be able to undertake such an effort. While at the information content level, standardization is achieved by classifying and structuring construction information according to the different phases of a project and different needs of the parties involved. Validation of this framework was done using the walk-through technique, where participants of the validation process ranged from system analysts, information systems and technology consultant, and construction professionals


School of Sciences and Engineering


Construction Engineering Department

Degree Name

MS in Construction Engineering

Date of Award


Online Submission Date


First Advisor

Samer Ezeldin

Second Advisor

Mahmoud Taha El Hadidi

Committee Member 1

Adel El Samadouny

Committee Member 2

Amr Hassanein

Committee Member 3

Safwan A. Khedr

Document Type



286 leaves

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

Construction industry

Library of Congress Subject Heading 2

Construction industry

Library of Congress Subject Heading 3

Wilde, Oscar,;Wilde, Oscar,


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Call Number

Thesis 2002/43



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