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Working rules in design processes on developing circular solutions

Stevering, T.J.T. (2023) Working rules in design processes on developing circular solutions.

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Abstract:This research investigates the role of working rules within infrastructure design processes on whether or not to incorporate circularity into the design. The Institutional Analysis and Development framework is used in a multiple case study on the positions within a design team for railroad underpasses within a consultancy and engineering firm in the Netherlands. The results show a strong dependency on the client as the client has the most decision-making power and therefore determines whether circularity should be included in the scope or not. The engineering and consultancy firm assigns specialists to projects based on what the client demands in the scope. If circularity is not included in the scope, no specific circular knowledge will be included in the project team and therefore, circularity is not considered a criterion in these projects. If circularity then is brought up later in the project, it is difficult to incorporate it into the designs as most design decisions have already been made. It, therefore, is vital to discuss the circular ambitions while setting the scope of the projects as it ensures circularity becomes a decision-making criterion from the start.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Construction Management and Engineering MSc (60337)
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