ITcon Vol. 21, pg. 100-118, http://www.itcon.org/2016/7

An ontology-supported infrastructure transaction management portal in infrastructure management

submitted:2015
revised:November 2015
published:July 2016
editor(s):Turk Ž
authors:Jehan Zeb, MBA, Ph.D, P. Eng
Department of Civil Engineering, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada;
jzmir1@interchange.ubc.ca

Thomas Froese, Ph.D, P. Eng, Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada;
thomas.froese@ubc.ca
summary:In current practice, infrastructure organizations exchange data about their infrastructure systems (tangible capital assets) on a manual and ad hoc basis. The growing trend is to transform these manual data exchanges (transactions) to more structured, computer-to-computer based communications that are based on formalized transaction specifications. The core question in this research is “how to manage these transaction specifications? Existing standards focus on the development and not on the management of these transaction specifications in the domain of infrastructure management, which emphasizes the motivation to develop a web- based tool—Infrastructure Transaction Management Portal. An ontology-based approach was devised to develop the portal using the SharePoint platform. The portal was developed based on the knowledge represented in the Transaction Domain Ontology built as part of this research work. The transaction specification developed for the asset inventory and condition assessment reporting was used to demonstrate how a transaction specification can be managed using the proposed portal.
keywords:Portal, Infrastructure Management, Transaction, Transaction Domain Ontology, Ontology, Asset Inventory and Condition Assessment Reporting, Tangible Capital Assets, Communication
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citation:Zeb J, Froese T (2016). An ontology-supported infrastructure transaction management portal in infrastructure management, ITcon Vol. 21, pg. 100-118, http://www.itcon.org/2016/7