Towards distributed product data sharing environments - Progress so far and future challenges

N. Bakis, G. Aouad, M. Kagioglou

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Over the last two decades, there has a substantial body of research concerned with a more integrated use of IT in the design process in the construction industry and broader engineering sector. The main focus of this research has been on achieving integration via product data sharing and exchange. This paper reviews the main research efforts in product data sharing and exchange and highlights certain areas where more systematic research is required. In particular, it considers the distribution of the design data in an integrated environment as a basic requirement, reflecting the fragmented nature and adversarial behaviour that characterises the construction industry, and identifies the need for more systematic research in the development of distributed product data sharing design environments. The role of XML and Web Services in the development of such environments is highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586-595
Number of pages10
JournalAutomation in Construction
Issue number5
Early online date28 Nov 2006
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


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