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Online Product Libraries: The State-of-the-art Robert Amor1

Summary: Online Product Libraries: The State-of-the-art
Robert Amor1
, Shailesh Jain2
and Godfried Augenbroe3
The movement of product catalogues from paper-based systems to electronic and online
systems has proceeded rapidly over the last decade. The commercial product catalogue vendors
have established nationally-based online systems of varying sophistication at the same time as
classification and standardization producing organisations have developed their national and
international support systems. There have also been independent initiatives from major CAD
vendors to enable manufactured product data and CAD detailing integration with their design
tools. Underpinning much of this work has been a suite of research projects addressing
infrastructures which will better support access to product information of all types for all classes of
users and their design tools. This paper surveys the state-of-the-art in this domain across all
these efforts as a way of assessing where we have got to. It also analyses the gaps which exist
between expectations and actuality in order to identify the gaps in research and practice which
need to be bridged to enable effective access to, and interaction with, this most important
resource in construction activities across all stages of a building's life.
Product information is an integral part of almost every process in the life of a building. It is


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


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences