Integrating Database and Geometric Modeling Technologies to Manage Facility Information

by M. Kiumarse Zamanian, Exxon Production Research Co, Houston, United States,
Steven J. Fenves, Exxon Production Research Co, Houston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


Existing engineering data models provide various means of representing, organizing and linking information about constructed facilities in a computer-integrated environment. However, they often fail to recognize fundamental and important interrelations between the spatial and non-spatial attributes of facility components. Spatial information is modeled by specialized geometric representation schemes and often shared across disciplines; while non-spatial information is captured as attribute-value pairs in taxonomies of attribute classes that an discipline-specific. In this paper a unified model is presented where a data object represents an abstraction of a physical object in a constructed facility. A data object has two primary types of attributes: spatial and non-spatial. Based on this model, two key issues are explored: the computer-based representation of spatial and non-spatial attributes of physical objects; and the definition and retrieval of facility information in and from a common information repository. Information modeling and management concerns, such as classification of information, procedural access to information, and data encapsulation are examined for both of these issues in an object-based framework.

Subject Headings: Databases | Geometrics | Information management | Information systems | Physical models | Computer models | Construction engineering | Mathematical models

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