Further, the majority of knowledge regarding construction is tacit, embedded within people and organizations. Therefore, the best practices in timber offsite construction and its associated knowledge are engrained inside individuals within universities, companies, governments and associations in discrete regions. ITOC is a project that ventures to create mechanisms to unearth this knowledge from construction cultures and regions, codify this knowledge and create pathways for knowledge management and transfer via university researchers.
In addition, knowledge transfer in the construction sector can be IP restricted. Ironically, in construction competition often removes innovation toward construction realizing real productivity. Rather than viewing industrialization as a competitive micro-market where companies compete with one another, ITOC works to foster “all tides rise” culture between companies, universities and governments. ITOC positions its partners as 3rd party knowledge managers, utilizing networks of varying scale regionally, nationally and internationally.
Project Investigator: Ryan E. Smith, Director ITAC, PhD candidate Edinburgh Napier
Advisor: Robert Hairstans, PhD Edinburgh Napier University
2nd Advisor: Kevin Grosskopf, PhD University of Nebraska, Lincoln
3rd Advisor: Sean Smith, PhD Edinburgh Napier
National Institute of Building Sciences, Offsite Construction Council
National Offsite Construction Academic Consortium