With the concept explained and business cases for development
discussed, this section discusses the changes this can bring to
By the proposed development of a national bcoWeb and related
BC web services,
the BC Information
System can finally and gradually change from its current
paper-based nature into an electronic document based Information
System. Paper-based documents and `dumb' electronic documents will
be produced, if desired, as representations (mark-ups) of
bcoWeb and web
services allow innovative changes in BC. These changes take place at
the system, project, company and task level. The changes at these
levels are discussed below.
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- System level innovation
- On the system (or industry) level, the actual mechanisms for
projects that fulfill Clients'
wishes are in place. In this system, strengthening the knowledge
chains is important. BcoWeb enables the industry to get better use
out of existing knowledge and information: knowledge and experience
from previous projects; improved utilisation of suppliers'
knowledge; improved capture of Clients'
requirements, coupled with a better retaining of these
requirements; a contractor that stores knowledge for reuse in later
projects; knowledge of the research institutes that is, currently,
only transferred through regulations, which is only a weak transfer
mechanism as paper documents can only hold so much information.
BcoWeb enables a promising start for system level innovation.
- Project level innovation
- On the project level, bcoWeb allows for
more cooperation possibilities. Information and knowledge sharing
among project partners is made easier and more powerful. Likewise,
the cooperation between the various phases can switch more from a
sequential mode of cooperation to a more concurrent one. Within a
project, possible alternative solutions can be compared and weighed
more often and more easily, possibly resulting in better solutions.
Web services, for example, provide a way to compare the costs and
the value, providing rapid feedback on design decisions or change
requests, which is vital for innovative kinds of contracts.
- Company level innovation
- On the company level, the innovation is mainly regarding
knowledge. On the one hand, a company can sell their own
(practical) knowledge, something not currently feasible except for
specialised consulting companies. On the other hand, they can get
more specialised support through web services, integrated with
their own applications. This might lead to a more knowledge-driven
BC with a higher
value adding capacity.
- Task level innovation
- On the level of the individual task, an improved information
dissemination and information access possibility allows tasks to be
more knowledge-intensive. Workers can be provided with better
instructions, tailor-made for the task at hand8.8. Workers
on their part can, through the Internet-accessible information systems,
provide much more feedback on tasks and on the design. Likewise,
their progress reports can be much more instantaneous, removing a
few hours or a day of time lag out of the system. Good companies
can use this to innovatively reduce failures and rework. The
knowledge gained at the task level can be used in further projects.