E-CONSTRUCTProject ID: IST-1999-10303
Electronic Communication in the Building and Construction Industry: Preparing for the New Internet
Total cost:EUR 3 564 274
EU contribution:EUR 1 782 134
Coordinated in:United Kingdom
Funding scheme:CSC - Cost-sharing contracts
The objective of the E-Construct project is to help the European Building and Construction (BC) industry to build faster, cheaper and better, by developing, demonstrating and disseminating a new Communication Technology (CT) that is specifically tailored to the industry needs. Although Internet (plus Intranet and Extranet) potentially forms the ideal open, low-cost communication platform for the BC industry, in practice Internet is currently only used in a limited way because of insecurity, insufficient bandwidth and insufficient structuring of information. E-Construct will develop an Internet (XML)-based Building-Construction Markup Language (BCML) that will provide the right information infrastructure for this industry.
This will include a number of national flavours specific for the European BC industry. I will be semantically rich and support many of the notions used in practice. The semantics will support electronic business communication about construction products, resources, work methods, regulations and much more. The semantics will be developed in a separate part that acts as a "neutral" classification system providing classification neutral object identifications. BCML-based electronic communication will be fast, open, secure, inexpensive, and widely available and applicable. E-Construct will develop a cluster of three related BCML-based applications that support the supply chain and the execution of large-scale projects involving partners from multiple member states and are of enough interest to boost its application in industry.
E-Construct will co-operate with other organisations that develop XML vocabularies for electronic business for the Building and Construction industry, i.e. the aecXML working group initiated by Bentley Systems in the USA and the ebXML organisation initiated by UN/CEFACT and AOSIS.
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