ITcon Vol. 4, pg. 17-36,

Industry Foundation Classes for Project Management - A Trial Implementation

submitted:March 1999
revised:November 1999
published:November 1999
editor(s):B-C. Bjoerk
authors:Thomas Froese, Associate Professor
University of British Columbia, Canada
Martin Fischer, Associate Professor
Stanford University, USA

Francois Grobler, Civil Engineer/Principal Investigator
US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory

John Ritzenthaler
Timberline Software Corporation, USA

Kevin Yu, Software Developer R&D,
Timberline Software Corporation, University of British Columbia, Canada

Stuart Sutherland
Bovis Construction Corporation, USA

Sheryl Staub, Graduate Research Assistant

Burcu Akinci, Ph.D. Candidate

Ragip Akbas, Graduate Research Assistant

Bonsang Koo, Graduate Research Assistant

Alex Barron, Graduate Research Assistant

John Kunz, Senior Research Scientist
all: Stanford University, USA
summary:An effort is underway to develop Industry Foundation Classes--industry-standard data structures for exchanging information about construction projects. In addition to physical information about buildings, these classes represent project management information such as estimating and scheduling data. Many core concepts relating to the project management portions of the Industry Foundation Classes have recently been added to these models, but these have received virtually no testing and implementation to date. A workshop was held to work through an implementation and evaluation exercise for these models. The results identified many areas for potential improvement, but also confirmed that the overall approach taken by the models worked well for representing and integrating product, work process, estimating, and scheduling information. 
keywords:International Alliance for Interoperability, IAI, Industry Foundation Classes, IFC, Project Management, Estimating, Scheduling, Project Modelling, Data Standards, Integration
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citation:Froese, T, Fischer M, Grobler H, Ritzenthaler J, Yu K, Sutherland S, Staub S, Akinci B, Akbas R, Koo B, Barron A, Kunz J (1999). Industry Foundation Classes for Project Management - A Trial Implementation, ITcon Vol. 4, pg. 17-36,