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Chen, Q, Reichard, G and Beliveau, Y (2010) Object Model Framework for Interface Modeling and IT-Oriented Interface Management. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 136(02), 187–98.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Construction industry; Construction management; Interfaces; Information technology (IT); Project management; Construction industry; Construction management; Interfaces; Object-oriented languages; Information technology (IT); Project management;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0733-9364
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000120
  • Abstract:
    The intense complexity of interfaces in a construction project makes information technology (IT) applications a must for effective interface management (IM). This largely requires a unified, accurate, and efficient way of modeling interface information. Conventionally, interfaces are simply modeled as dependencies/relationships between project entities; various interface information is loosely presented in different ways, which reduces the accuracy and completeness of interface information as well as the efficiency in information exchange and application. This paper introduces an object view of interfaces and its inherent interface object modeling technique, and then presents an interface object model (IOM) framework. The IOM is the first in the literature that aims to systematically define the data structure and dependencies of interface information for modeling. It is at the core of a conceptually proposed systematic model-based IM strategy. When fully developed, the IOM can be used to accurately model multiple types of interfaces. This will greatly enhance the quality and interoperability of interface information, promote IT applications for IM, and ultimately improve interface-related project performance.