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Product Libraries Technology Review James Nyambayo and Ihsan Faraj
 

Summary: Product Libraries Technology Review
James Nyambayo and Ihsan Faraj
Building Research Establishment, UK, Phone +44-1923-664168. Fax +44-1923-664689
E-mail: nyambayoj@bre.co.uk, faraji@bre.co.uk
Robert Amor
University of Auckland, New Zealand,
E-mail: trebor@cs.auckland.ac.nz
ABSTRACT: This paper reviews the development of the standards for access to external product libraries in
relation to procurement and product data exchange. Procurement accounts for 70-85 % of the value of a build-
ing project and hence it is vitally important for the data exchange required to support these processes to be
streamlined. Product data exchange between applications is equally important for streamlining the specifica-
tion, design and construction and maintenance of a building facility. A considerable amount of effort within
the Architecture/Engineering/Construction and Facilities Management (A/E/C/FM) has gone into developing
standards for product data exchange. Manufacturers and suppliers have supported the development of pro-
curement related standards. With the developments in XML-based standards the technology is now available
for developing cost-effective solutions that meet the requirements of both procurement and product data ex-
change. The paper evaluates the existing and emerging standards and discusses the issues arising from the
development of standards for access to product libraries and possible ways forward.
1 INTRODUCTION
The case for providing electronic access to manu-

  

Source: Amor, Robert - Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences