Intentions and Credences – An Australian Approach to Computerised Building Regulation

by Jane Blackmore, CSIRO Div of Building, Construction and Engineering, North Ryde,
Frank Leong, CSIRO Div of Building, Construction and Engineering, North Ryde,
Ron Sharpe, CSIRO Div of Building, Construction and Engineering, North Ryde,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering

Abstract: In the past, computer representation of building regulations has addressed a series of prescriptive requirements. Compliance with each requirement was essential and the only relationship between requirements was the occasional cross-reference. All modern building regulations have the same fundamental structure - that is, there are certain things that must be done (regulatory intentions), and certain approved ways of showing that the intentions have been fulfilled (credences). Even prescriptive regulations have this structure although it might not be explicit. They can be developed much more logically if, by analysis, the intention is determined and defined. CSIRO researchers, who are technical advisers to the Australian building regulators, are now investigating the development of interactive software that will provide access to the sea of information on which building regulations are based. A structured, selective search will allow the user access to the information needed to justify an innovative solution to a regulatory problem or to write a new credence based on past experience and research. The software could eventually be linked to BCAider and could be used as a basis for comparison of international regulations.

Subject Headings: Building codes | Computer software | Information management | Professional societies | Seas and oceans | Innovation | Comparative studies

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