Development and implementation of advanc... [paper 2003/18]

Development and implementation of advanced IT in the North American precast concrete industry

SUBMITTED: March 2003
REVISED: May 2003
PUBLISHED: July 2003

Charles Eastman, Professor
College of Architecture and College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology

Rafael Sacks, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Ghang Lee
College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology

SUMMARY:We report on a large-scale effort to integrate advanced design and engineering information technologies (IT) in the North American precast/prestressed concrete industry. The effort has been undertaken by a consortium of precast producer companies formed specifically for the task. The effort involved significant process modeling work, using a unique method and set of tools. It led to the development of a specification for an advanced precast concrete design and engineering parametric application platform, which is currently being implemented by a major building modeling software company. The problems and lessons learned are reported. The project reported is on-going. With the first phase now well established and underway, the groundwork for the second phase – development of a Precast Building Product Data Model – will soon begin.

KEYWORDS: parametric modeling, precast concrete, information technology, design system, engineering system, product model

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Eastman C, Sacks R and Lee G (2003) Development and implementation of advanced IT in the North American precast concrete industry, ITcon Vol. 8, pg. 247-262,


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