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Specification and procurement of construction products: the case for an agent-based system

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Obonyo E A, Anumba C J, Thorpe A

Specification and procurement of construction products: the case for an agent-based system

Abstract:This paper presents a justification for APRON (Agent-based Specification and Procurement of Construction Products). This is an ongoing research project aimed at developing an agent-based prototype system for the specification and procurement of construction products. The resulting prototype system will reduce the excessive amount of time spent acquiring information and gaining knowledge about various artifacts. This paper presents a case for deploying agents to assist specifiers and procurers of construction products. It introduces the subject of specification and procurement, highlighting the problems encountered in executing these two tasks. It also described what software agents are and distinguishes them from other closely related paradigms. The paper then presents a case for agents in the selected domain of specification and procurement of construction products. This is followed by a discussion on the features of APRON system. The paper concludes that the specification and procurements of construction products is an appropriate domain for the deployment of software agents.

Keywords:software agents, construction products, specification, procurement, Internet

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