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Alain Zarli, Abdul Samad (Sami) Kazi, Matti Hannus, Marc Bourdeau, Anders Ekholm, Ronny Andersson

A strategic and comprehensive vision for future R&D in construction ICT

Abstract: The tremendous development in the past ten last years of the Internet and ICT at large (whether it be in general technologies like semantic modeling, knowledge mining, RFID or mobile technologies, or domain-oriented ones like e-commerce, collaborative spaces, digital mock-ups, etc.) has opened a large spectrum of potential applica-tions of ICT in the Construction sector. The real adaptation and deployment of ICT in Construction has indeed just started, and there is a high need to organize and plan future R&D actions for Construction ICT, while at the same time to better evaluate the benefits and thereby convince Construction actors. This is the role of the Strat-CON and BICT projects, respectively, which are introduced in this article in terms of their aims and major results.

Keywords: strategic research agenda, construction processes & industrialisation, ICT

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Bourdeau L, Dubois A-M, Poyet P

A common data model for computer integrated building

Abstract: The connection of various building performance evaluation tools in a collaborative way is an essential request to develop true CAD systems. It is a basic requirement for the future of integrated information systems for building projects, where the data concerning the multiple aspects can be exchanged during the different design steps. This paper deals with the on-going research concerning the generation of a common data model in the framework of a European collaborative action, the COMBINE Project , which is supported by the CEC, General Directorate XI1 for Research Science and Development, within the JOULE programme. The first step of the research concerns the progressive construction of a conceptual model and the paper focuses on the development of this Integrated Data Model (IDM). The paper reports on the definition of the architecture of the IDM. The main issues and the methodology of the IDM development are presented.The IDM development methodology is based on successive steps dealing with the identification of the data and context which are considered by the Design Tool Prototypes (DTP) to be connected through the IDM, the conceptual integration of this knowledge, and the implementation of the model on an appropriate software environment.

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Permission to reproduce these papers has been graciously provided by Eindhoven University of Technology.


Bourdeau M, Kazi, A S, Rezgui Y, Vakola M

An open system for inter-enterprise information management indynamic virtual enterprises

Abstract: OSMOS, Open System for inter-enterprise information Management in dynamic virtualenvirOnmentS, is a European RTD project aimed at the development of an Internet basedenvironment that supports share of information and task collaboration between non co-locatedteams in the context of extended enterprises, and especially in project based industries such asconstruction. The OSMOS infrastructure is to provide services for communication, co-operation,co-ordination and data exchange, that will be possibly integrated with legacy or commercialsoftware tools used within companies. OSMOS suggests a migration path from current documentbased information management towards semantic integration of documents, product models andproject co-ordination information. Two OSMOS-based Internet services will be set up as pilots.Deployment of OSMOS compliant services in Europe will be promoted via user interest groups inseveral countries. The focus of this paper is on the presentation of the aims, objectives, approach,and benefits to the construction industry at large as envisioned through OSMOS.

Keywords: Virtual enterprise, groupware environment, construction, information exchange

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Bourdeau M

FARTEC: a project to simplify the access to the technical documents by using modern computer technologies

Abstract: The CENTRE SClENTlFlQUE et TECHNIQUE du BATIMENT has launched a project, named FARTEC, whose objective is to put building technical rules at professionals' disposal by use of modern computerized tools. This project involves several topics : full digitization of the documents, packaging of the information, elaboration of retrieval systems and dialogue with professionals. Experimentation of advanced techniques has been carried out in 1988

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Permission to reproduce these documents has been graciously provided by the Lund University and the Swedish Building Centre. The assistance of the editors, Prof. Per Christiansson and Prof. Henry Karlsson, is gratefully appreciated.


C K Emani, C F Da Silva, B Fiès, P Ghodous, M Bourdeau

Automated Semantic Enrichment of Ontologies in the Construction Domain

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J Pérez, J_C Marcel, J Viñuela, V Gay, M Bourdeau

FIEMSER: Energy Efficiency in Smart Residential Buildings

Abstract: Buildings are responsible for up to 40% of energy use in most countries. However, there is a great potential to improve this figure, and ICT is one of the key tools to achieve it. This paper will present how the FIEMSER system will contribute to increase the energy efficiency in residential buildings through a double strategy: optimizing the operation of the building (energy demand, local generation and storage) and improving the behaviour of the building users. The FIEMSER system is an innovative Building Energy Management System (BEMS) for existing and new residential buildings that is been developed in the context of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Current BEMSs have several weaknesses: predefined energy control strategies, lack of integration of the local energy generation with the building energy consumption, lighting system is completely decoupled from the HVAC system, based on wired control networks, limited interoperability, … FIEMSER system will define dynamic and holistic control strategies that take into account the current and future building operating conditions (building users activities, weather conditions, energy prices,…) and integrate the different energy related subsystems: HVAC, lighting, local generation and energy storage. The FIEMSER system leverages on the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) paradigm with the definition of modular service interfaces. This paradigm provides the necessary flexibility to adapt the system to the different configurations, integrate existing control protocols and emerging wireless ones, and support different GUI (Graphical User Interface). This paper will address the following questions: opportunities to reduce energy demand and increase local generation in residential buildings; operation scenarios; functional requirements of the FIEMSER system; the OSGI-SOA architecture that supports it and the associated data model.

Keywords: Smart Buildings, Energy Efficiency, Intelligent Control, Local Generation

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K Riad BOUZIDI, B Fies, M Bourdeau, C Faron-Zucker,N Le Thanh

AN ONTOLOGY FOR MODELLING AND SUPPORTING THE PROCESS OF AUTHORING TECHNICAL ASSESSMENTS

Abstract: In this paper, we present a semantic web approach for modelling the process of creating new technical and regulatory documents related to the Building sector. This industry, among other industries, is currently experiencing a phenomenal growth in its technical and regulatory texts. Therefore, it is urgent and crucial to improve the process of creating regulations by automating it as much as possible. We focus on the creation of particular technical documents issued by the French Scientific and Technical Centre for Building (CSTB), called Technical Assessments, and we propose services based on Semantic Web models and techniques for modelling the process of their creation.

Keywords: Ontology, Semantic Web, Knowledge Management, Building Industry, E-regulations

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Rezgui Y, Zarli A, Bourdeau M, Cooper G

Inter-enterprise information management in dynamic virtual environments: the OSMOS approach

Abstract: "IT in use in the construction industry needs to find the right balance between, on the one hand, integrated information infrastructures, tools and systems, and, on the other, the organisational peculiarities and complexities intrinsic to this sector. There is a need to support smooth co-operation between non co-located teams, and the co-ordination of their work and activities in an environment that promotes trust and social cohesion. This overall infrastructure should give construction project participants increased flexibility and effective access to project information regardless of its form, format, and location. This is, in fact, the scope that the OSMOS project will tackle. OSMOS is driven by the needs of end-users and the market, through the expertise of European leading construction businesses, including construction IT service providers: DERBi, JM Byggands, and Olof Granlund; and European leading research centres and academic: CSTB, Information Systems Institute of University of Salford, and VTT. The overall aim of the OSMOS project is to enhance the capabilities of construction enterprises, including SMEs, to act and collaborate effectively on projects by setting up and promoting value-added Internet-based flexible services that support team work in the dynamic networks of the European construction industry. In particular, the project will provide effective model-based solutions to support communication, co-operation, and co-ordination between individuals and groups collaborating in a construction Virtual Enterprise (VE), based on the specificity and information / process requirements of the Construction domain, while at the same time promoting trust and social cohesion between the partners of a VE. The OSMOS consortium will adopt an incremental and iterative approach to address the project objectives. The integrated OSMOS infrastructure, including the extensions to identified end-users proprietary and commercial systems, will be the result of a series of three iterations. First, the project will define the requirements of the OSMOS infrastructure by analysing the intra-company business processes and information management practices, along with the dynamics, type and nature of interactions taking place on multi-disciplinary construction projects. This will lead onto the definition of the architecture underlying the OSMOS system and the specification of its components. The latter, including the OSMOS models and services, will be implemented based on identified end-users proprietary and commercial systems, and will be available in the form of toolkits, plug-ins and repositories. The OSMOS infrastructure will then be tested and validated through a set of field trials involving the project end-users. Finally, the project will propose a migration path leading to the adoption and the deployment of the OSMOS solutions within the participating organisations and any other company that intends to adopt the proposed team-work solutions. The proposed paper will give a comprehensive description of the European Framework 5 funded OSMOS project. The OSMOS consortium is aiming, through its user interest groups in Finland, France, and Sweden, to provide ways of validating and translating the results to other industrial sectors."

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Permission to reproduce these documents have been graciously provided by Icelandic Building Research Institute. The assistance of the editor, Mr. Gudni Gudnason, is gratefully appreciated


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