Construction Technology/Method Identification and Selection System

by Photios G. Ioannou, Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States,
Sou Sen Leu, Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Preparing for Construction in the 21st Century


The proliferation of construction technology and the characteristics of technology information, such as complexity, interdependency, etc., pose the need for a well-organized technology information system with an integrated, hierarchical data structure. A new object-oriented information representation model, based on the semantic data model, is presented as a solution. It consists of three main hierarchies (constructed products, materials, and equipment) which are integrated laterally with construction methods to provide the required technology information for design and construction planning decisions in a manner that supports the changing needs during the various design and construction planning stages. A prototype implementation of the model using a hypertext system is also described.

Subject Headings: Construction materials | Construction equipment | Construction management | Information systems | Construction methods | Integrated systems | Construction industry | Computer models

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