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A Framework for the Integration of Design Tools

Summary: A Framework for the Integration of
Design Tools
Robert W. Amor and Dr John G. Hosking
Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland, Auckland
The development of a system capable of integrating a range of design tools from a particular
domain poses many problems. A framework for integrating design tools provides a structured
approach to the problem and allows individual parts to be tackled independently. In this paper we
detail a particular framework for integration and describe its individual components. A method for
modelling and implementing each component is described showing how such an integrated system
can be realised.
1. Introduction
The ability to utilise a set of disparate design tools in an integrated system is
problematic for any domain. It is particularly difficult in the fields of architecture
and engineering where integrated systems have long been touted. The majority of
the claims made for computerisation and integration in these fields have never
been achieved. For architects there are few, if any, tools which are useful for
initial or sketch design and in many architectural firms the only use of computers
during the design process is for detailing the building plans with a draughting tool
(CAD). In the engineering domain there are similar problems. Even with a


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


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences