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Anumba, C J, Pan, J, Issa, R R A and Mutis, I (2008) Collaborative project information management in a semantic web environment. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 15(01), 78–94.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Construction industry; design and development; Information management; project management; semantics; worldwide web
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0969-9988
  • URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/09699980810842089
  • Abstract:
    Purpose The advent of web services and the semantic web have opened up opportunities for a new generation of interoperable systems on the web. The purpose of this paper is to show the importance of semantics in design and construction, and how this has long been recognised and addressed to varying extents by researchers. Design/methodology/approach There is now the potential for designs to be developed through a system of collaborating design services and for input by the construction team members. The potential also extends to the construction phase where the designers can provide more timely responses to problems encountered in the field. Within this environment, there is the need for effective mechanisms for design and construction information management, in addition to an ontology that facilitates the sharing of design and construction information and the underlying semantics. This paper explores these trends in collaborative design and construction, and presents an ontology-based approach to project information management in a semantic web environment. Findings The findings include a framework for semantic web-based information management (SWIMS), which provides for effective collaborative information management. Examples, based on design and construction information, are presented to illustrate the key concepts. Originality/value This paper presents an innovative approach to overcoming the limitations of conventional information management approaches in construction. The proposed approach is expected to enhance collaboration, and avoid information loss, overload and misunderstanding,