ITcon Vol. 18, pg. 261-278, http://www.itcon.org/2013/13

Formulation of systems and information architecture hierarchies for building structures

submitted:September 2012
revised:May 2013
published:August 2013
editor(s):Katranuschkov P
authors:Ryan Solnosky, EIT, Ph.D. Candidate,
Department of Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A.
email: rls5008@psu.edu

John Hill, Instructor,
College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A.
email: john.hill@psu.edu
summary:Building Information Modeling (BIM) heavily utilizes information in various processes throughout the project lifecycle. However, with the magnitude of information needed, misrepresentation or missing data typically leads to interoperability issues. To ensure proper interoperability, a robust information architecture that encompasses a broad spectrum of the topic is needed to develop the most accurate and appropriate schemas. Within the AEC industry the structural domain is the forerunner of data exchange development initiatives. However, there is still a lack of a larger and more comprehensive view to information architectures within structures. The research presented here introduces a novel approach to the foundation of a detailed information architecture for the structural information domain based on systems, sub-systems, elements, components, and supporting resources within the AEC industry. This information architecture represented in aggregated hierarchies provides a breakdown of information related to projects from varying perspectives including product, process control, feedback and constraint information which is generated by capturing, analyzing, retrieving, and formulating.
keywords:Building Information Modeling, Structural Systems, Information Exchanges
full text: (PDF file, 0.728 MB)
citation:Solnosky R, Hill J (2013). Formulation of systems and information architecture hierarchies for building structures, ITcon Vol. 18, pg. 261-278, http://www.itcon.org/2013/13