The Need for a Knowledge Management System in Construction

It seems like knowledge management (KM) is involved on almost anything that has something to do with performance and business improvement, that even construction industries have their own version of it. Indeed, KM has become increasingly important in such industries so as to satisfy requirements in cost, time and quality. It is often said that KM in construction projects is a bit challenging so there is a need to devise a more systematic KM system that will address such issues.

On any given construction project, it is quite evident that a lot of people, with different areas of expertise, will be working with each other for a common cause. Such professionals include architects, designers, project managers, site managers and workers. In these kinds of situation, it is but a challenge to combine all ideas together to form a single plan. Aside from this, the project organization may become unstable over time, with the need to shift from one phase to another during the course of the project. Such project-related problems are usually not documented or stored in a database. Indeed, a continuous effort to improve existing KM systems in construction industries is a must to overcome project complexities. Aside from the economic impact of eliminating redundant work, it will also have a huge social impact since KM will act as a catalyst for promoting knowledge sharing and teamwork, as well as improving organization culture.

To realize such impact, there is a need to raise understanding and awareness of KM in construction industries. Furthermore, it is a must to develop a standard for KM to improve on existing systems. Developing such KM system will only be made possible by making collaborative commitments to change the current setup in construction projects.