|Software tools for the implementation of relational databases describing the building product
|Pantouvakis J P
|The implementation of relational databases describing the building product has to face difficultiesimposed by the very nature of buildings, such as large amounts of data with complexinterrelationships 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 aset 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 toolsare available, the creation and/or modification of the database describing the building product can beeasily 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-artrelational database theory and a generalized integrity preservation tool. These tools can be linkedtogether to form an integrated building product modeling environment. The major advantage of thisapproach is that the dynamic in nature Building Product Model produced is independent from softwareand hardware systems and is capable of adapting to different working practices.
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Pantouvakis J P (1988).
Software tools for the implementation of relational databases describing the building product. Christiansson P, Karlsson H (ed.); Conceptual modelling of buildings. CIB W74+W78 seminar, October, 1988. Lund university and the Swedish building centre. CIB proceedings 126 (ISSN: 2706-6568),