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ARCHITECTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF A CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION NETWORK and R. Amor2
 

Summary: ARCHITECTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF A CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION NETWORK
Z. Turk1
and R. Amor2
ABSTRACT: Integrated information systems for construction products and information
will become an important catalyst of the global construction market. In the frame
of the European Union's Technology Transfer Network such a one-stop-shop for the
construction industry of Europe has been developed. During 1999, partners from the
UK, Finland and Slovenia have been working on a pan-European virtual technology
park on the Internet - CONNET (www.connet.org). CONNET is designed as a set of
nodes are integrated on both semantic and technical levels. The first integrates
the information offered by the nodes by providing the mapping and translations
between the metadata and the classification systems. On the technical level, the
services are integrated by providing user management and cross-node searching
enabled by publicly defined application interfaces. This paper presents aspects of
the design and development of the system. We learned that in integrated, industry-
wide information systems, several information schemata and classification systems
must coexist; that they will not necessarily be based on standardised building
product models and existing building product classification systems but on
metadata standards developed outside the construction sector. We present an
architecture of loosely coupled, federated services on the Web, which are flexible

  

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

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences