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_id 3653
authors Alshawi, M. and Budeiri, M.J.
year 1993
title An Integrated approach for 3D simulation of construction sequence
source The Int. Journal of Construction IT 1(2), pp. 35-46
summary In order to eliminate design-related problems and to ease planning difficulties, a new integrated approach is required to manage and present design and construction information. This paper examines the feasibility of integrating design and construction scheduling information produced by 'industry standard' software. It describes the structure of a prototype which has been developed to generate a 3D simulation model for the construction sequence by integrating a CAD package with a project planning software. This study aims at establishing an integrated approach to communicate construction planning graphically to users (designers or construction managers) prior to construction in order to enhance the efficiency of the design/construction process.
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last changed 2003/05/15 19:45

_id 8a25
authors Alshawi, M. and Underwood, J.
year 1996
title Applying object-oriented analysis to the integration of design and construction
source Automation in Construction 5 (2) (1996) pp. 105-121
summary This paper implements an Object Oriented Analysis technique to model information related to design and construction. In a previous study, an approach to integrate design and construction processes based upon information analysis and modelling has been proposed. By breaking down the project's vast information into groups of related information, construction related problems have been identified and then traced back too their relevant design processes. This paper models this process using a relatively young and new method of analysis rather than a traditional structured approach. An Object-Oriented Analysis (OOA) method has been applied to model the information in terms of the fundamental ideas that underlie object-oriented technology i.e. object types and classes, methods, requests, encapsulation and inheritance. Proceeding through the five major activities of Coad and Yourdon's OOA method, a complete OOA model has been developed with potential to improve the construction related problems.
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last changed 2003/05/15 19:22

_id 1262
authors Alshawi, M.
year 1994
title A run time exchange of component information between CAD and object models: A standard interface
source The Int. Journal of Construction IT 2(2), pp. 37-52
summary Integrated computer aided design could only occur in engineering once CAD systems could represent physical features and components rather than graphical primitives. In most dedicated CAD systems, the knowledge of a complete component exists only for the duration of each drawing command and the data stored in the database is simply a set of graphic primitives. This paper proposes an approach for real time information transfer from and to CAD systems based on a high level object representation of the design drawing. Drawing components are automatically identified and represented in an object hierarchy that reflects the 'part-of' relation between the various components including building spaces. Such hierarchies transfer an industry standard CAD system i.e. AutoCAD, into a high level object oriented system that can communicate with external applications with relative ease.
series journal paper
last changed 2003/05/15 19:45

_id 0bbb
authors Alshawi, Mustafa
year 1995
title Dynamic Generation of Design Plans at the Brief Stage
source Sixth International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Futures [ISBN 9971-62-423-0] Singapore, 24-26 September 1995, pp. 219-228
summary The traditional approach to design and construction suffers from many limitations. As the technology becomes more available to the average users, the need for an effective and efficient solution has never been greater. This paper introduces an alternative approach to the life cycle of construction projects "application controlled process". Based on this approach, a framework for an Integrated Construction Environment (ICE) has been developed and implemented in a prototype demonstrator "SPACE" (Simultaneous Prototyping for An integrated Construction Environment). This paper is only concerns with those parts of the ICE which are relevant to the dynamic generation of design drawings. The NIRMANI system aims at generating a schematic design by retrieving previous design solutions that match the problem specification from a multimedia case library. While the Bay Design Systems aims at re-adjusting the produced design solution to minimise construction problems.
keywords Integrated Environments, Case-Based Design, Project Life Cycle, Integrated Construction Environment
series CAAD Futures
last changed 2003/11/21 14:15

_id 9638
authors Aouad, G, M, Ormerod, M., Sun, M., Sarshar, P. Barrett, P. and Alshawi, M.
year 2000
title Visualisation of construction information: A process view
source CIDAC, Volume 2 Issue 4 November 2000, pp. 207-215
summary This paper addresses the issue of information visualisation within the context of business process integration. Visual technologies offer appropriate information interfaces that facilitate the integration of mainstream construction applications. This paper assesses the needs of visualisation by the construction sector. It then describes recent developments in the areas of 4/5 dimensional modelling. This paper also investigates the state of maturity and uptake of these technologies by the industry. Following this, the results of various projects conducted by Salford within the area of information visualisation are presented. The paper concludes with a set of recommendations for the better use of visual technologies by the construction sector.
keywords 4D, Construction Process, Maturity, Virtual Reality, Visualisation, Uptake
series journal paper
last changed 2003/05/15 19:23

_id 92fa
authors Baxendale, T. and Alshawi, M.
year 1995
title Information systems development for contracting
source Automation in Construction 4 (3) (1995) pp. 255-256
summary I have read with interest the paper entitled "Information systems development for contract-ing" that was published in Automation in Construction, Vol. 2, No. 4. The author has explained the basic concepts of DFD within the context of structured methodologies, which in turn high-lights the importance of information analysis prior to systems development. However, I would like to make a few comments some of which are related to the contents of the paper while others are complementary.
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last changed 2003/05/15 12:44

_id 1185
authors Faraj, I., Alshawi, M., Aouad, G., Child, T. and Underwood, J.
year 2000
title An industry foundation classes Web-based collaborative construction computer environment: WISPER
source Automation in Construction 10 (1) (2000) pp. 79-99
summary Collaborative working in construction is becoming a reality as many activities are performed globally with actors based in various geographical locations. This paper discusses the development and implementation of a collaborative working environment for construction at the University of Salford which is known as Web-based IFC Shared Project EnviRonment (WISPER). The environment is based on a three tier architecture, where user interfaces, business logic and database are kept separate. A Web and Industry Foundation Classes-based (IFC-based) distributed computer integrated environment has been developed. This environment supports design (CAD), visualisation (VR and Drawing Web Format –– DWF), estimating, planning, specifications and supplier information. WISPER enables project information to be exchanged through a STEP Part 21 file and shared through the IFC database. Meanwhile, a set of Web pages allows for remote interaction, as well as access to and the distribution of applications. This provides great flexibility and portability, thereby enabling construction professionals to contribute as well as to perform and manage their own activities.
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last changed 2003/05/15 19:22

_id 2d1b
authors Underwood, Jason and Alshawi, Mustafa
year 2000
title Forecasting building element maintenance within an integrated construction environment
source Automation in Construction 9 (2) (2000) pp. 169-184
summary Previous work has adopted various structured analysis techniques to model an application, which aims to generate the building element maintenance forecast valuation from the building design and project estimate, as an integral part of an integrated construction environment. The Automation and Integration in Construction (AIC) Research Group at the University of Salford has developed an integrated construction environment for the construction industry in the UK––the Simultaneous Prototyping for An integrated Construction Environment (SPACE). SPACE aims to incorporate various construction applications enabling project information to be shared between these applications and allowing the user to run them simultaneously. The purpose of this paper is to present the development of the MAINtenance ForeCASTing in an Integrated Construction Environment (MAINCAST) application of SPACE. The implementation of the resulting Express-G (static data) and IDEFØ (process) models into SPACE and the development of the external remedy databases are described. Finally, through the aid of a case study project, the MAINCAST application prototype is presented.
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