APRON: An agent-based specification and procurement system for construction products

Esther Adhiambo Obonyo, Chimay Anumba, Tony Thorpe

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Abstract

Purpose - The successful implementation of an optimal online system for specification and procurement has been impeded by the existence of semi-structured or non-structured product information held in catalogues in various formats. Consequently, a significant amount of time is spent in gathering relevant information. Proposes introducing a successful optimal online specification and procurement system for construction products. Design/methodology/approach - The design and specification of the prototype were based on the analysis of closely related agent-based implementations in various domains. Findings - In the development phase it emerged that agent infrastructure is still maturing, even when a stable development environment is finally available. This is consistent with the latest research in this area which places the highest value on internet agents within the context of the semantic web. Originality/value - This research demonstrated how agent technology can be used alongside other paradigms such as web services and XML to make the specification and procurement of construction products more effective and more efficient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-350
Number of pages22
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 18 2005

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Specifications
Online systems
Semantic Web
XML
Web services
Internet
Procurement
Agent-based
Agent technology
Product information
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Prototype
Semantic web
Design methodology
World Wide Web

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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In: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 12, No. 4, 18.08.2005, p. 329-350.

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