Increasing information feed in the process of structural steel design

Pieter Pauwels, Tine Jonckheere, Ronald De Meyer, Jan Van Campenhout

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Research initiatives throughout history have shown how a designer typically makes associations and references to a vast amount of knowledge based on experiences to make decisions. With the increasing usage of information systems in our everyday lives, one might imagine an information system that provides designers access to the ‘architectural memories’ of other architectural designers during the design process, in addition to their own physical architectural memory. In this paper, we discuss how the increased adoption of semantic web technologies might advance this idea. We investigate to what extent information can be described with these technologies in the context of structural steel design. This investigation indicates significant possibilities regarding information reuse in the process of structural steel design and, by extent, in other design contexts as well. However, important obstacles and question remarks can still be outlined as well.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-189
Number of pages10
JournalSustainable Construction and Design
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventSustainable Construction and Design - Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 16 Feb 201117 Feb 2011

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  • semantic web information reasoning architectural design


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