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Theme 6: DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

ABSTRACT. It is first recognised that the production of a ’’structure”, from its conceptual design up to its maintenance, is a continuous process; splitting into Design and Construction stages is too rough and occasionally dangerous. The paper attempts to identify the two way information streams between these two parts of the entire technical process. To this end, several "construction dependent” pieces of information needed for a final analytical design are inventorised. Moreover, even at the preceding stage of the conceptual design important construction-governed data should be used in order to check the validity of that design, as early as possible. The paper ends by enumerating some of the design-like operations during the construction stage. In conclusion, it seems that optimisation is reached if these interactions are recognised, formalised and facilitated.