Involving users in the development of embedded technology in construction

Kresten Storgaard, Thomas Cornelius Buch-Hansen, Lærke Ærenlund

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Based on a project about user driven innovation and embedded technology in construction (BIIB), the paper discusses methodological issues on user involvement. In the paper especially focus is on the experiences on involving users in collaborative development of scenarios, in the validation of scenarios and in developing innovative solutions on a conceptual level. The project discusses 1) concepts of users and 2) methods for collaborative involvement. The first discussion involves presentation of an extended user concept and a discussion of differences between lead users and need-advanced users. The second discussion on collaborative involvement, discuss experiences with methods for communication across cultural and professional competences with reference to boundary objects, tangible systems and visualization. In the project four segments of situations for use of embedded technology in construction is analysed: the building process, professional operation and maintaining of buildings, tenants in social housing - and occupants/owners in detached houses. In the article the different methods for involving users are compared across these types of users.
Titel6th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation. Shaping the Construction/Society Nexus : Vol 1: Clients and Users
Antal sider16
ForlagSBI forlag
Publikationsdato15 maj 2011
Sider113 - 129
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-87-563-1516-6
StatusUdgivet - 15 maj 2011
Begivenhed6th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation - København, Danmark
Varighed: 13 apr. 201115 apr. 2011


Konference6th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation


  • embedded technology, user driven innovation, need-advanced users, boundary objects, tangible systems