Constraint Management in Distributed AEC Databases

by Sanjai Tiwari, Stanford Univ, Stanford, United States,
H. C. Howard, Stanford Univ, Stanford, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


Engineering databases can assist in management of massive amounts of design data involved in Architecture-Engineering and Construction (AEC) process. This data needs to be distributed for autonomy, performance and economic reasons ; however, an important problem of maintaining consistency between such databases arises. In this paper, we present a high-level constraint management mechanism that is powerful enough to express most of the cross-functional constraints relevant to AEC design process. The constraints are interdisciplinary and may deal with several design databases - architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and construction. Notifications are generated automatically as a result of constraint violations due to updates on the design databases. We also discuss some of the constraint management strategies important for a collaborative AEC design environment.

Subject Headings: Databases | Building design | Project management | Control systems | Information management | Economic factors | Automation | Computer aided design

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