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ICAtect-II: A Framework for the Integration of Building Design Tools

Summary: ICAtect-II: A Framework for the Integration of
Building Design Tools
Robert Amor, John G. Hosking, and Warwick B. Mugridge
Department of Computer Science
University of Auckland
The development of a system capable of integrating a range of building design tools
poses many challenges. Our framework for integrating design tools provides a
structured approach, allowing individual parts to be tackled independently. In this paper
we detail the framework and its individual components. A method for modelling and
implementing each component is described, showing how such an integrated system can
be realised. To illustrate, a system developed using the framework and which integrates
several design tools is described.
1. Introduction
It can be difficult to effectively use a set of disparate design tools in architecture and
engineering due to a lack of integration. Even with a computerised plan of a building, it
is unlikely that, using current practice, building information can be extracted from it for
use in other design tools. Practitioners are typically forced to re-enter building
information into their design tools by hand, taking measurements off the printed plans.
This means that despite the existence of a wide range of technically excellent design


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


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences