Computer-aided design decision support: interfacing knowledge and information

Burry, Mark, Coulson, James, Preston, Julieanna and Rutherford, Earl 2001, Computer-aided design decision support: interfacing knowledge and information, Automation in construction, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 203-215.

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Title Computer-aided design decision support: interfacing knowledge and information
Author(s) Burry, Mark
Coulson, James
Preston, Julieanna
Rutherford, Earl
Journal name Automation in construction
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 203
End page 215
Publisher Elsevier Science BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2001-01
ISSN 0926-5805
1872-7891
Keyword(s) information systems
knowledge-based systems
metadata schema
Summary Computer-aided design decision support has proved to be an elusive and intangible project for many researchers as they seek to encapsulate information and knowledge-based systems as useful multifunctional data structures. Definitions of ‘knowledge', ‘information', ‘facts', and ‘data' become semantic footballs in the struggle to identify what designers actually do, and what level of support would suit them best, and how that support might be offered. The Construction Primer is a database-drivable interactive multimedia environment that provides readily updated access to many levels of information aimed to suit students and practitioners alike. This is hardly a novelty in itself. The innovative interface and metadata structures, however, combine with the willingness of national building control legislators, standards authorities, materials producers, building research organisations, and specification services to make the Construction Primer a versatile design decision support vehicle. It is both compatible with most working methodologies while remaining reasonably future-proof. This paper describes the structure of the project and highlights the importance of sound planning and strict adhesion to library-standard metadata protocols as a means to avoid the support becoming too specific or too paradigmatic.
Language eng
Field of Research 120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Elsevier Science B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001290

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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