Purpose – This paper has the purpose of exploring the use of the semantic web to support project information management. It aims to discuss the development of a semantic web based framework for shared definitions of terms, resources and relationships within a construction project. These can be used to help and support intelligent collaboration. Design/methodology/approach – The paper explores the scope of using the semantic web to manage information management processes in the construction industry. It develops the hypothesis that information can be managed using appropriate tools and techniques and develops a roadmap that shows the way in which a solution can be achieved. Findings – The discussion provides information on the technology that can be used to manage construction project information and the development of ontology is provided in detail. Originality/value – The paper makes an original contribution of exploring an area (information management tools and techniques) that is at the forefront of discussion in academe and industry in the UK.
Facilities – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 23, 2007
Keywords: Construction industry; Information management; Production improvement; Project management; Internet