Presents a multi-agent system (MAS) for collaborative design in the construction sector. The system is intended to form a basis for integrating the often distributed cross-functional activities that characterise collaborative design in construction. The MAS supports interaction and negotiation between the different agents that represent various participants that are usually engaged in a typical collaborative project design. The system is composed of different agents that provide services within the MAS environment. While some of the support services are provided by the agent platform, task agents that represent various functional disciplines undertake the real design activities. Describes details of the MAS, which simulates and demonstrates peer-to-peer interaction, communication and negotiation between the design agents in a collaborative design space. Also highlights important issues in MAS development and makes recommendations on how to improve collaborative design in construction using the MAS paradigm.
Logistics Information Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 2001
Keywords: Construction industry; Information
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