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Networking construction: electronic integration of distributed information

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Newton B W , Wilson B G , Crawford J R, Tucker S N

Networking construction: electronic integration of distributed information

Abstract: Construction in all advanced industrial societies is fragmented. On a single project, a variety of design technologies reside within different AEC firms which are frequently dispersed geographically (increasingly international). Coordination during design and construction can be enhanced via electronic networking among the various AEC firms and the Project Manager. This paper describes a prototype CAD Conferenchg systm jointly developed by CSIRO and Telecom Research Laboratories capable of operating on high_speed wide area networks linking heterogeneous CAD platform (hardware, software, networks). The paper highlights the technical as well as management issues to be resolved and the costs and benefits of CAD conferencing versus traditional methods of operation.

Keywords: communication networks; CAD; construction; information technology (IT)

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