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Paper w78-2008-5-06:
EFFECTIVE SEMANTIC WEB-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING

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Tamer E. El-Diraby, Sherif Kinawy

EFFECTIVE SEMANTIC WEB-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING

Abstract:The World Wide Web (the Web) has become widely recognized as the primary channel of communication and dissemination of information in industry. It has made immense amounts of information available and has been gradually accepted by users who now readily incorporate it into their daily lives. In civil engineering, despite the wide use of the Web, its use is still limited by the users’ willingness and ability to share their knowledge. The Semantic Web challenges this problem as it adds meaningful descriptions to information in a manner that facilitates automated analysis and extraction by computer systems. While many scholars in the field realize the importance of using such technologies to promote collaboration with various parties including the general public, research that is conducted on the Semantic Web and similar technologies is often disconnected from its application. Nevertheless, there is general consent that this collaboration is essential for the creation of sustainable solutions in civil engineering. This paper reviews and analyzes current research being conducted on this area in Europe and North America. We also propose methods that involve the Semantic Web to improve usability and effective information flow in city-scale projects.

Keywords:Civil Engineering, Semantic Web, Sustainable Engineering, Project Collaboration, Information Flow, Information Technology and Usability

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