A generic finishes database for healthcare facilities

Mohammed Kishk*, Richard Laing, Jonathan Scott, Martin Edge

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Abstract

This paper is the fifth in a series reporting on-going research within a Department of Health (DOH) funded research project to develop a novel decision support system for the optimal selection of finishes for healthcare facilities. The system has been developed by integrating a recently developed extended whole-life costing (WLC) application with the resource database reported in this paper. The database has been designed and implemented in MS Access® to accommodate finishes' whole-life cost and time data and other data categories including quality, performance and other relevant non-financial data. The database structure has been designed on the basis of an in-depth analysis of the requirements of effective WLC decision-making during the design stage, the special needs of the healthcare environments, and the limitations of previous efforts to utilize databases to facilitate whole life costing. The database relational structure is explained and the data types and descriptions of fields of various tables are reported. In addition, a user friendly input form designed to facilitate editing data is included. Finally, directions for further future research are introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2007 - Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference
Pages883-892
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2007 - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sept 20075 Sept 2007

Publication series

NameAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2007 - Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference
Volume2

Conference

Conference23rd Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period3/09/075/09/07

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