Summary: A UK SURVEY OF INTEGRATED PROJECT DATABASES
Robert Amor, Building Research Establishment Ltd, UK
The UK network of experts in objects and integration for construction has now been in existence
for a year. In this time it has built up to over a hundred members drawn in almost equal parts
from industry and research. The initial meetings of this network have strived to identify areas of
concern in the domain as well as to provide feedback to the supporting government agency in
terms of policy issues, and to inform its members of the range of issues in the domain.
The first published output of this network is to be a survey of integrated project databases
(IPDB). The initial survey work, analysed and described in this paper, looks at IPDB
development and use in the UK. Preliminary work of the network determined a set of criteria to
be used to measure the development and impact of various IPDB. These criteria were then used
to survey a range of EC supported, UK developed, and commercial implementations of IPDB.
Though not comprehensive in terms of the total number of IPDB developments in the world, it
gives an initial benchmarking of the state of this domain.
The results of this survey, and the ongoing surveys of IPDB developments, are being used to
inform the network and government of the state of play in this area. It provides a point to
determine: what work has previously been done; which data models might be re-used; where
tools reside that could be re-used; where commercial developments have taken place which
implement portions of the surveyed projects; what the problems of commercialisation have been;