Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction


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Computing in Civil Engineering: Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference (July 12-15, 2005, Cancun, Mexico).


The complexity, tight budget, and dynamic market of today's construction project require the seamless integration of both design and construction data, However, despite the availability of both digital design tools (various CAD applications) and digital project management tools (such as schedule software and construction management software), design data has to still be entered manually into construction applications. In order to close this gap, CAD applications widely used in AEC industries are evolving toward providing the product data within the CAD package itself, in addition to the existing graphic-oriented data. While useful, those new data-driven CAD applications are largely design-oriented and are still hardly used directly in construction practices. In this research, a detailed case study is presented and analyzed to demonstrate the limitations of the current data-driven CAD application when used to support construction management. To address the limitations, a trade construction knowledge module using a specific product model is under development to provide domain views for different trades.