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Akinci, B, Fischer, M, Kunz, J and Levitt, R (2002) Representing Work Spaces Generically in Construction Method Models. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 128(04), 296–305.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: Construction methods; Workspace; Scheduling; Construction management; construction industry; project management; scheduling; civil engineering;
- ISBN/ISSN: 0733-9364
- URL: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2002)128:4(296)
Construction activities require a set of work spaces to be executed safely and productively. The locations and volumes of these spaces change in three dimensions and across time, according to project-specific design and schedule information. Previous research on construction space management requires users to specify the spatio-temporal data necessary to represent each project-specific space needed for construction. Since a construction schedule consists of hundreds of activities requiring multiple types of spaces, this approach is practically infeasible. There is a need for a generic (project-independent) representation of work spaces, from which the project-specific instances of spaces can be derived automatically based on project-specific design and construction schedule information. This paper formalizes such a generic space description as a computer-interpretable ontology. This ontology is general, reusable, and comprehensive. A prototype system developed uses this ontology to capture the spatial requirements associated with construction methods and to automate the generation of project-specific spaces represented in three dimensions and across time.