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Aouad, G F, Kirkham, J A, Brandon, P S, Brown, F E, Cooper, G S, Ford, S R, Oxman, R E, Sarshar, M and Young, B A (1993) Information modelling in the construction industry: the information engineering approach. Construction Management and Economics, 11(05), 384-97.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: CASE; computer-aided software engineering; information; procurement
- ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
- URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446199300000042
Modelling of knowledge in the construction industry is a cumbersome task because of the large amount of data involved and the lack of automated information-modelling tools. Adoption of a method and an automated CASE (Computer-Aided Software Engineering) tool could eliminate many problems encountered in the development of information systems in the construction industry. In particular, this approach may help to assess the information requirements and define strategies for such information systems. The Information Engineering Method (IEM) is introduced to illustrate how the conceptual models may be improved by using this method. Additionally Texas Instruments’ Information Engineering Facility (IEFTM)CASE tool is described to illustrate the advantages of automating such a method. The introduction of conceptual modelling in the construction industry using data and process models should lead to a better structuring of information. This should result in the development of well defined and structured, not ad hoc, applications. This conceptual modelling approach using information engineering is currently being used at the University of Salford to study the potential development of an integrated database (design, procurement and management of construction) for the construction industry. The case study describes the information analysis phase of the procurement process included towards the end of this paper.