Issues and Experiences in Developing Shared Object Models

by D. H. Douglas Phan, Bechtel Corp, San Francisco, United States,
H. Craig Howard, (M.ASCE), Bechtel Corp, San Francisco, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


Effective communication of data among work processes is key to the successful operation of an Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) project. However, communicating this data is often difficult. Computer applications used to generate the data are not designed to exchange data. An emerging solution is to build a common model for exchanging data among applications. Further, the advent of object-oriented technology leverages the development of shared object models for the purpose of integration. This paper points out the key issues involved in such a development effort. It also shares the experiences of developing and validating a methodology, the Primitive-Composite Approach, for building shared object models.

Subject Headings: Computer programming | Project management | Computer models | Construction methods | Information management | Architectural engineering

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