Proceedings of the 2019 European Conference on Computing in Construction


Dynamic District Information Server: On the Use of W3C Linked Data Standards to Unify Construction Data

Cathal Hoare, Usman Ali, James O'Donnell
University College Dublin, Ireland

DOI: 10.35490/EC3.2019.185
Abstract: The evolution of ICT and BIM systems in the construc- tion domain yield detailed views of buildings and their use throughout their lifespan. These systems also provide a structure around which information about buildings and their effect on surrounding infrastructure can be described in space and time. Thus, when aggregated, information provided by these systems can serve as a semantic structure through which other information can be stored and con- textualized. While bespoke systems have explored these approaches in particular contexts, few if any systems have been constructed to provide a flexible, semantically rich structure that can be used to structure information about any urban landscape at district and regional scales. This paper describes such a system. The Dynamic District Information Server (DDIS) provides a core information structure which can be extended to store as yet undefined information structures and allow these to be reasoned about in the contexts that range from neighbourhoods to regions. In addition, the paper describes how the DDIS can serve as a coordinating process in a tool chain by providing a semantically rich and flexible notification system that al- lows tools in the chain to notify one another when steps in some information process have been completed.
Keywords: Information Management, Semantic Web, Linked Data, Data Exchange, Computers In Construction
Pages: 265 - 273

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