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Title: A functional architecture for an e-Engineering hub
Authors: Ren, Zhaomin
Anumba, Chimay J.
Augenbroe, G.
Hassan, Tarek M.
Keywords: Collaborative project planning
e-Engineering services
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: REN, Z. ... et al, 2008. A functional architecture for an e-Engineering hub. Automation in Construction, 17 (8), pp.930-939.
Abstract: Many Information Technology (IT) tools now exist to support collaborative working between engineering organisations. These often address operational issues rather than tactical or strategic issues. In particular, there are no effective tools for collaborative project planning between project partners. An electronic engineering hub (e-Hub) is considered useful in this regard. This paper presents the functional architecture of the e- Hub – a major research result of the EU funded e-HUBs project (e-Engineering enabled by Holonomic and Universal Broker Services). The e-HUBs project developed a universal collaboration platform for engineering outsourcing with focus on supporting collaborative project planning process. The e-Hub offers an extended set of functions to engineering service providers (mostly small and medium-sized enterprises) such as application hosting and definition and development of collaborative engineering workflows. The paper discusses the theoretical background and the supporting technologies for the development of the functional architecture and presents the deployment of the engineering e-Hub prototype in a construction scenario.
Description: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Automation in Construction. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2008.03.003
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.autcon.2008.03.003
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/12366
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2008.03.003
ISSN: 0926-5805
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