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Automating Communication in Civil Engineering

TitleAutomating Communication in Civil Engineering
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsLuiten, GT, Tolman, FP
Date Published05/1995
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAutomation, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, CIFE, Communication, Stanford University, STEP Product-Modeling
AbstractAutomating communication is a powerful tool for realizing organizational changes currently pursued by building companies. Until now however, the building industry did not go further than automating the traditional means of communication. This paper presents a new approach to open, high-level, computer-interpretable communication between project participants. "Open" means independent of the participants and their computer systems, "high-level" that no human interpretation is required for handling information and knowledge, and "computer-interpretable" that no human interaction is needed for data transfer. The STEP product-modeling approach provides a basis for this kind of communication, but it needs an extension to project-modeling and more scope layers. The authors have developed such an extended approach for integrating design and construction in building projects and present here the need for and the background of this approach, a way to ensure (computer) integration in everchanging project teams, and a test case.
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