Building Product Model, A First Brick in Computer Integrated Construction

by Michael J. Riley, Univ of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom,
Hamid H. R. Sabet, Univ of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


This paper describes the development of a product model as a basis for an information system. This new approach is based on modelling functions of building units rather than physical entities such as floors, beams or columns. The work is related to building projects and specifically focuses on the early design phase of a hospital building. This approach represents a new strategy to Building Product Modelling. The current approach to the interchange of information in a project is outlined and some problems regarding the integration of different disciplines in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) industry are illustrated. The problem is defined and a proposed solution described.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Building design | Bricks | Construction management | Beam columns | Project management | Architectural engineering | Construction engineering

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