Developments to the IRMA Model of AEC Projects

by Thomas Froese, Univ of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


The rapidly advancing fields of information technologies (IT) for AEC and computer-integrated construction (CIC) rely on the ability to represent and exchange information about AEC projects among many computer tools used by many project participants. In turn, this information sharing relies on some level of commonality or standardization in the way that AEC information is represented in computers, i.e., on standard information models of AEC. The Information Reference Model for AEC (IRMA) is a prototype of such a model. IRMA was first developed as a small exercise in combining several different project models. Over the past year, additional work on IRMA has been carried out, both by individual researchers and through an international electronic workshop on the model. This paper reviews some of the basic concepts from the initial model, describes the electronic workshop, and discusses a few of the issues raised, and presents a revised view of the IRMA model.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Mathematical models | Project management | Construction management | Structural models | Computer analysis | Computer aided design

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