Deploying Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing in Construction

Talebi, Saeed and Koskela, Lauri and Tzortzopoulos, Patricia and Kagioglou, Michail and Krulikowski, Alex (2020) Deploying Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing in Construction. Buildings, 10 (4). p. 62. ISSN 2075-5309

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No standardised approach appears to exist in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry for the communication of tolerance information on drawings. As a result of this shortcoming, defects associated with dimensional and geometric variability occur with potentially severe consequences. In contrast, in mechanical engineering, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) is a symbolic language widely used to communicate both the perfect geometry and the tolerances of components and assemblies. This paper prescribes the application of GD&T in construction with the goal of developing a common language called geometric dimensioning and tolerancing in construction (GD&TIC) to facilitate the communication of tolerance information throughout design and construction. design science research is the adopted methodological approach. Evidence was collated from direct observations in two construction projects and two group interviews. A focus group meeting was conducted to evaluate whether the developed solution (GD&TIC) fulfilled its aim. The contribution of this paper to designers, to organisations involved in developing AEC industry standards, and to the scholarly community is twofold: (1) It is an attempt to develop a standardised approach (GD&TIC) for the communication of tolerance information in AEC, and (2) it identifies discrepancies between GD&TIC rules and some of the commonly used American and British standards on tolerances.

Item Type: Article
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24 March 2020Accepted
26 March 2020Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: dimensional tolerance management; communication of tolerance information in construction; tolerance-related defects; tolerancing in architecture and engineering; tolerance requirement; tolerance specification; tolerance analysis; geometric variation; construction tolerances; tolerance risk; geometric dimensioning and tolerancing; building movement; building information modelling; tolerance compliance control
Subjects: CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-02 - building
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Saeed Talebi
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2021 10:57
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 13:25

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