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Misconceptions of an IPDB R. Amor and I. Faraj

Summary: Misconceptions of an IPDB
R. Amor and I. Faraj
BRE, Bucknalls Lane, Garston, Watford WD2 7JR, UK
{trebor, faraji}@bre.co.uk, Phone +44-1923-664549, Fax +44-1923-664689
ABSTRACT: The notion of an integrated project database (IPDB) has existed for decades. Over
that time many projects have been undertaken to develop the technologies and frameworks
required to implement an IPDB. Also over that time, there has been promotion of the benefits and
impacts that IPDB systems will have on the industry. As there are still no industrially stable
IPDB systems in existence, the industry's perception of what they are and what they can do has
diverged from many of the original presentations. It is also clear that researchers and developers
involved in IPDB development have many different ideas about what constitutes an IPDB and
what is, or is not, possible to create. This paper aims to describe misconceptions which are
growing up around IPDB systems, and presents the authors' view of reality. Consensus in this
area is currently being sought through the majority opinion of the UK network of experts in
objects and integration (URL-1 1999) which is run by the DETR.
This paper aims to promote discussion on what is, and is not, possible with an Integrated Project
Database (IPDB) with an attempt, at least within the UK, to draw out a consensus and common
understanding for those who work in the area. With the concept of an IPDB promoted for the
industry at top levels (Egan 1998) there are many new people coming into the area. The authors'


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


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences