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Paper w78-1988-147:
Software tools for the implementation of relational databases describing the building product

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Pantouvakis J P

Software tools for the implementation of relational databases describing the building product

Abstract: The implementation of relational databases describing the building product has to face difficulties imposed by the very nature of buildings, such as large amounts of data with complex interrelationships which are time and place dependent and dynamically changing integrity constraints. This paper suggests that a successful implementation should be based on relatively few concepts and a set of powerful techniques by which these concepts can be transformed into a database. Subsequently, these techniques can be used as the basis for the development of software tools. When software tools are available, the creation and/or modification of the database describing the building product can be easily achieved. Two such tools have been identified, designed and implemented at Nottingham University and are described in this paper. A database design tool, based on state-of-the-art relational database theory and a generalized integrity preservation tool. These tools can be linked together to form an integrated building product modeling environment. The major advantage of this approach is that the dynamic in nature Building Product Model produced is independent from software and hardware systems and is capable of adapting to different working practices.



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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.


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