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Paper w78-1993-2-571:
Practical problems in the development of product models

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Watson A S, Crowley A J, Boyle A D , Knowles G M

Practical problems in the development of product models

Abstract: This paper is concerned with the practical difficulties encountered when developing Product Models for information exchange within the construction industry. It is based on experiences gained since 1987 from involvement in the Pan-European Eureka CIMSTEEL Project (within which a model for constructional steelwork is being developed) and from a more recent national research project (CI-PM) concerned with Product Models and construction (within which a reinforced concrete model will be developed), The paper addresses the questions of what a Product Model is, and what its role is in the management of information at a project level. The paper then moves on to consider the practical problems faced by the developers of such models; considering such aspects as the industrial context, modelling methodologies and software tools, differing viewpoints and validation. The authors highlight areas where progress in addressing these problems is being made.

Keywords: product model; management of information; construction industry


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