A top-down approach to integrating the building process

Victor E. Sanvido, Soundar Kumara, Inyong Ham

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Many computer-aided tools have been developed to assist designers, engineers, and managers with specific well-defined functions, yet they are not well integrated. This paper develops the need for an information architecture to integrate the processes and subsequent software used throughout the life of a building. It then defines a process model of the functions required to provide a facility to the end user, namely, managing, planning, designing, constructing, and operating the facility. This process model implies that the proposed information architecture must support the life-cycle process, effectively capture knowledge, and act as an integrator of industry accepted decision-making tools. Finally, a knowledge-based approach to implementing the information architecture is propsed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-103
Number of pages13
JournalEngineering with Computers
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications


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