ITcon Vol. 8, pg. 247-262, http://www.itcon.org/2003/18

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

submitted:March 2003
revised:May 2003
published:July 2003
editor(s):Björk B-C
authors:Charles Eastman, Professor
College of Architecture and College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
email: chuck.eastman@arch.gatech.edu http://dcom.arch.gatech.edu/chuck

Rafael Sacks, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
email: cvsacks@techunix.technion.ac.il
http://techunix.technion.ac.il/~cvsacks

Ghang Lee
College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology
email: ghang.lee@arch.gatech.edu http://dcom.arch.gatech.edu/glee
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
full text: (PDF file, 4.525 MB)
citation: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, http://www.itcon.org/2003/18