||Software agents and robots in construction:an outlook
||The rapid growth of the World Wide Web (Web) has spawned some rather new technologies forhandling the vast amount of information available there. Services like Yahoo, AltaVista and Virtual SoftwareLibrary use web crawling robots and agents to gather the information. Construction information processes havemany similarities to the Internet - both are fragmented, there are numerous information sources and theinformation is poorly structured. We have successfully applied similar technologies that have proven themselveson the Internet to handle construction information. Custom robots and an agent-enabled database have beendeveloped and have been used in the on-going research projects. They have proven useful on the globalconstruction scope of a construction virtual library, on a narrower national scope of regulation managementand on the project level to manage documents. The paper identifies the problems, introduces the technologies,demonstrates how they were used in construction context and concludes that in a client-server environment suchas the Internet or an intranet, agent technology is an important building block of CIC environments.
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||construction information technology, computerization of building regulations, documentmanagement, virtual libraries, Internet, intranet, agent, robot, database.
Turk Z (1997).
Software agents and robots in construction:an outlook. Drogemuller R (editor); International council for building research studies and documentation. workshop (1997, Cairns) Information technology support for construction process reengineering Proceedings of CIB workshop - w78 “Working commission on information technology in construction” and tg10 “Task group on computer representation of design standards and building codes”, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, July 9th-11th, 1997; ISBN 086-443-636X,