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Paper w78-1999-2758:
Highlights of the development process of industry foundation classes

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Liebich T, Wix J

Highlights of the development process of industry foundation classes

Abstract:The Industry Foundation Classes, IFC, are developed by the International Alliance for Interoperability, IAI, to provide for data exchange and sharing capabilities for the building and construction sector of the industry. Since the foundation of the IAI in 1995 two releases of IFC have been published and the third release is on its way. Many prototype implementations by leading software companies have proved the IFC specifications, and commercial products to satisfy the end user demands can be expected within the next few quarters. The paper highlights the major development steps between the recognition of end user needs to improve business processes and the fulfillment of those needs by IFC specifications and implementations. Emphasis is put on the modeling of business processes, the provision of use cases, the integration of domain requirements within a single integrated but modular information model, and the underlying methodology and model architecture.

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Series:w78:1999 (browse)
Cluster:papers of the same cluster (result of machine made clusters)
Class:class.represent (0.037294) class.software development (0.030802) class.standards (0.027239)
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Permission to reproduce these papers has been graciously provided by the Research Press of the National Research Council of Canada. The support of the editors, particularly Dr. Dana Vanier, is gratefully appreciated.

 

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