Framework for Improving the Constructability of Raised Floor Systems in Australian Office Buildings

By Guomin Zhang and Xiao-Hua Jin.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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Despite the great benefits that it can potentially contribute to modern workplace environment, raised floor system (RFS) encountered many barriers in the process of its applications for the fitout of office buildings in the Australian construction industry. Through a set of comprehensive research activities, the significant influence factors (SIFs) and problems associated with the RFS fitout implementation are identified. Further discussion of these SIFs and problems unearths a range of project level critical factors (PLCFs) pertaining to the RFS fitout design, construction, operation and maintenance, which presents firsthand checklists for the project team to review in the project delivery process. These factors need to be accommodated appropriately in order to enhance the implementation of the RFS fitout in Australian office buildings. Following a constructability study, a framework was developed by integrating these SIFs and PLCFs into the delivery of the RFS fitout in an aim to enhance the project constructability and minimize problems in the RFS service performance.

Keywords: Raised Floor System, Office Building, Fitout, Constructability, Australia

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.141-160. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1012.347KB).

Dr. Guomin Zhang

Senior Lecturer in Construction Management, School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Guomin (Kevin) Zhang is a Senior Lecturer in Construction Management at RMIT University. Prior to that, he used to work at Queensland University of Technology, Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation, the University of New South Wales and Victoria University. His major research interest includes project risk management, decision making, contract and procurement, sustainable built environment, construction innovation (including constructability), carbon neutral construction, etc. He has published over fifty technical articles and led and completed a few research projects in the disciplines of project management and sustainable built environment. He has also obtained extensive project management experience through working in a variety of construction projects and providing consultancy services to major construction and development companies in P.R. China. He is a member of Australia Institute of Project Management, Charter Institute of Building, and Australian Institute of Concrete. He is a regular reviewer for Construction Management and Economics, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE), Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, and International Journal of Construction Management.

Dr. Xiao-Hua Jin

Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Dr Xiao-Hua (Sean) Jin is a Lecturer in Construction Management at Deakin University. Before joining the School of Architecture and Building at Deakin, he worked at the University of Melbourne and Victoria University. His main research interests include construction management and economics; project management; risk management; infrastructure procurement; relational contracting (PPP, partnering); ICT in construction (artificial intelligence techniques, decision support system); and sustainable built environment. He has published over thirty technical articles, including those published in internationally renowned journals such as Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE), Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), Construction Management and Economics, International Journal of Project Management, and Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building and the Australia Institute of Project Management. He is a regular referee for Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE), Construction Management and Economics, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, and Australian Journal of Civil Engineering.