Startplan: Producing Schedule Templates Using IRMA

by Thomas Froese, Univ of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada,
Qiang Kevin Yu, Univ of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Abstract: The Information Reference Model for AEC (IRMA) is a generic information modeling standard to support computer-integrated construction (CIC). Although IRMA is still in a conceptual stage, we would like to test some of its basic ideas and capabilities in a realistic application. The StartPlan program will provide such a test-bed. StartPlan is a program that creates `template' construction schedules. Based on a user's description of a construction project, StartPlan will select a construction schedule from a library of `good' schedules for similar projects and will alter it to suit the details of the project at hand. The system will then export this schedule to one of a variety of formats to be used as a `starting template' for creating a new project schedule in traditional scheduling systems. Not only does this save users significant effort in creating a new schedule, but it helps them take advantage of the scheduling expertise of others. Furthermore, it provides a useful test-bed for IRMA since it will use the model both to represent a wide range of project information and to allow the information to be translated between many different types of construction applications.

Subject Headings: Scheduling | Computer models | Construction management | Information management | Mathematical models | Computer aided operations | Model tests

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