Modeling Facility Engineering Processes & Data Using the P-C Approach

by D. H. Douglas Phan, Stanford Univ, Stanford, United States,
H. Craig Howard, Stanford Univ, Stanford, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


A facility engineering process typically involves participants from different disciplines, several life-cycle phases, and many computer applications. In this paper, we propose the Primitive-Composite (or P-C Approach), a structured and coherent method for modeling both the process and data to support integration. Specifically, this approach can be used to analyze a given facility engineering domain and to design an object-oriented database schema that can be shared by multiple users throughout the various life-cycle phases. This paper first outlines the research problem and introduces the P-C Approach. It then presents the approach as a method and explains the modeling tools included in the approach. Next, it summarizes the result from applying the approach to a domain of transmission towers. Finally, it discusses the implications of the approach on engineering data modeling and exchange.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Computer models | Systems engineering | Databases | Decision support systems | Life cycles | Building design | Information management

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