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A Generalised Framework for the Design and Construction

Summary: A Generalised Framework
for the Design and Construction
of Integrated Design Systems
Robert Wilton Amor
A thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of
Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
University of Auckland May 1997
The building industry employs a significant percentage of the workforce of any country, and
encompasses a considerable proportion of a country's GDP. Despite that, IT tools used in the
design and management of a building project are still fairly crude. Many projects have been
undertaken to develop IT-based solutions to support the architecture, engineering, and
construction domains (A/E/C), but little effort has gone into the tools required to support these
development activities. This is the area in which this thesis concentrates.
To develop a schema representing some subsystem of a building it is necessary to have support
tools which enhance the modeller's environment. The current state of the art, a replicated paper
based approach, is ineffective at guaranteeing the consistency and validity of large schemas. In this
thesis, a more appropriate environment is developed and demonstrated. This provides multiple
overlapping views of the developing schema, with guaranteed consistency between all views, the
ability for many modellers to work on the schema, and links to related aspects.


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


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences