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CAD Interfaces to the ARROW Manufactured Product Server

Summary: CAD Interfaces to the ARROW Manufactured
Product Server
Robert Amor and Leonard Newnham
Building Research Establishment, Bucknalls Lane, Garston, Watford WD2 7JR, UK
Key words: computer-aided design, product retrieval
Abstract: The UK national project ARROW (Advanced Reusable Reliable Objects
Warehouse) (Newnham et al. 1997, 1998a and 1998b) provides an Internet
based framework through which it is possible to identify any of a range of
manufactured products meeting specific design criteria. This open framework
(based upon the IAI's IFCs) provides a mechanism for users to search for
products from any participating manufacturer or supplier based both on
specific attributes of a product or on any of the textual descriptions of the
product. The service returns the closest matching products and allows the user
to navigate to related information including manufacturer, suppliers, CAD
details, VR displays, installation instructions, certificates, health and safety
information, promotional information, costings, etc. ARROW also provides a
toolkit to enable manufacturers and suppliers to more easily map and publish
their information in the format utilised by the ARROW system.
As part of the ARROW project we have examined the ability to interface from
a design tool through to ARROW to automatically retrieve information


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


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences