Amor R, Faraj I
Misconceptions About Integrated Project Databases
Abstract: The notion of an integrated project database (IPDB) has existed for decades. Over that time many projects have been undertaken to develop the technologies and frameworks required to implement an IPDB. Also over that time, there has been promotion of the benefits and impacts that IPDB systems will have on the industry. As there are still no industrially stable IPDB systems in existence, the industry's perception of what they are and what they can do has diverged from many of the original presentations. It is also clear that researchers and de-velopers involved in IPDB development have many different ideas about what constitutes an IPDB and what is, or is not, possible to create. This paper aims to describe misconceptions which are growing up around IPDB systems, and presents the authors' view of reality (informed by the opinions of the UK network of experts in ob-jects and integration (URL-1 1999) which was run by the DETR).
Keywords: integrated project database, misconception
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Ekholm A, Fridqvist S
Ob ject-oriented caad' - design object structure, and models for buildings, user organisation and site
Abstract: In the early stages of the building design process not only building and site but also
user activities and experiences are fonned. In this project conceptual models of some
fundamental characteristics of building, site and user organisation will be developed
and implemented in a prototype CAD-programme. The programming work for the
prototypes is done with Smalltalk on Macintosh computers. The tests of the prototype
includes spatial coordination of the three systems. The models are based on an ontological framework which is also used for organising the basic object structure of the
prototype CAD program.
In the design process, information about the design object is gradually developed.
Starthg from certain desired properties, the whole and its parts are fonned by successive increase of detail. The project investigates how the data structure of the design
object can be formed to serve this working method. The project also discusses possible
future developments. One important question is how these models maybe used in the
development of the brief and in the building management stage.
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Permission to reproduce these papers has been graciously provided by the Stanford University, USA. The support of the editors, particularly Prof. Fischer is gratefully appreciated.