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Defining Multi-Disciplinary Views of a Computer Model of Buildings

Summary: Defining Multi-Disciplinary Views
of a Computer Model of Buildings
Robert W. Amor and Dr John G. Hosking
Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland, Auckland
The emergence of international standards for the representation of building product data will have
a major impact on the development of design analysis tools in the building industry. Many foresee
this impact as being an increase in the number of design tools which are poorly suited to the actual
methods of the users. This will force the user to design and interact with the computer in a
predetermined manner, a manner which is determined by the information requirements of the
particular design tool.
One approach to alleviating this problem is the development, and maintenance, of multiple views
of the building model as required by different disciplines in the building profession (eg. architects,
engineers, developers, etc.). This solution will provide a flexible method of accessing information
in product data models to facilitate use by different building professionals with varying
specialities and levels of expertise.
1. Introduction
The emerging standard ISO 10303, colloquially known as STEP (STandard for
the Exchange of Product model data), is being developed for the exchange of
product data in the fields of manufacturing, architecture, engineering,


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


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences