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Problem-solving processes in value management (VM) workshops in the construction industry are experience-based, and the quality of these workshops depends very much on the experience of the team members. The efficiency and effectiveness of VM workshops can be improved by better reusing the experience of previous VM cases and field knowledge. This paper describes a new approach to facilitate VM workshops in the construction industry using data mining (OM) techniques. The feasibility of integrating OM techniques with VM workshops in the construction industry is demonstrated in case studies. Examples are presented to illustrate different methods of applying OM tools in VM workshops. The results show that OM techniques can help team members in VM workshops to understand their problems more clearly and to generate more ideas for current problems.
Date of Publication: April 2008