Case studies

The goal of this chapter is to verify and demonstrate the solution concept developed in this thesis, and to help the reader to get a better understanding of the theory, the next generation instruments and their possible benefits. Note that section 4.4, on eConstruct, can also be considered a case.

The introduction places the chapter in the context of the thesis. The case studies involve the development and application of (a part of) an experimental Building-Construction Ontology Web, called bcoWeb. Also included is the use of a number of `smart' computer applications implemented as prototype web services that are based on the bcoWeb. Lastly, a showcase has been added to evaluate and demonstrate the feasibility of the approach and illustrate the value of the technology for improved information and knowledge sharing, and the realisation of much more dynamic versions of the traditional BC process. Conclusions close off the chapter.


Reinout van Rees 2006-12-13