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Title: Development of an Industry Foundation Classes Assembly Viewer
Authors: Owolabi, Abidemi
Anumba, Chimay J.
El-Hamalawi, Ashraf
Harper, Colin
Keywords: Construction industry
Information management
Computer software
Computer programming
Project management
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: © ASCE
Citation: OWOLABI, A. ... et al, 2006. Development of an Industry Foundation Classes Assembly Viewer. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 20 (2), pp.121-131.
Abstract: The construction industry has invested considerable effort into integration of project information in the last decade. One such effort is the definition of Industry Foundation Classes IFCs to facilitate data sharing across applications through a shared project model. In order to achieve the integration objectives, the industry software vendors need to commit to the implementation of IFC in their products. IFC is defined in EXPRESS, which is a platform-independent, object-flavored, data modeling language. The EXPRESS-based models must be translated into some programming language model for specific implementation. To achieve this, developers need to evaluate and select a suitable model and programming language for their implementation. Developers therefore need to understand both EXPRESS and a host of programming languages. This initial knowledge requirement may hinder the take-off or adoption of IFC-based implementation. This paper describes a software solution that reduces this initial knowledge requirement considerably by providing a .NET class library translation and an implementation view of the IFC model, based on the EXPRESS definitions. Complemented by the online documentation provided with the IFC definitions, the software provides a hierarchical view of the IFC-based programming objects with drill-down facility for developers to capture and appreciate the information requirement for specific objects.
Description: This article is closed access. It cannot be made available in the Institutional Repository for copyright reasons.
Version: Closed access
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0887-3801(2006)20:2(121)
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/6549
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0887-3801(2006)20:2(121)
ISSN: 0887-3801
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering)

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