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Project ID: IST-1999-11508
Funded under: FP5-IST
Country: Germany

CCS Design Software – Code Checking Service

The Code Checking Service (CCS) is an (on-line) Web based service offering an automated checking tool for projects, currently validated through to the development of a practical software application in the area of accessibility of public buildings to disable people.

The CCS can be used provided projects data are available as IFC models (produced by current CAD applications – this is in order to deal with the variety of data formats existing in the CAD tools world). This tool is made of a core engine, where rule bases implementing a given regulation code can be plugged by third-party providers.

The result of the process is then a verification report, listing unverified rules, together with offending items in the project, and in case coverage limitations due to insufficient information found in the submitted IFC data. In addition to this operational function, the presented tool allows the user to browse documentation related to the rules, such as extracts of official documents, short videos, pictures, and so on, which have been packaged with the rule bases. Providers of rule bases are of course welcome to provide such enriched contents, in addition to official documents, to assist end-users in the application of regulations, thus facilitating the dissemination and acceptance of involved regulations.

Potential/Relevance:
- Possibility for clients, administrations or regulation organisations to check submitted projects against regulations to be applied.
- Ease of checking if a project complies with all relevant regulations (elaboration and validation steps): aspects of building construction are today regulated by codes, either national or, with the broadening of the market, European. These codes address concerns such as security, usability, accessibility, etc.. The amount of rules to be checked in the course of a project is also to be increased in a large extent as soon as the building is supposed to receive the public (e.g. a school, a post-office, or a company offices building).
- Link with diffusion by administrations or organisations of regulation codes: this is still based mostly on paper documents publication, even if the electronic form becomes more frequent nowadays, thanks to the Internet. However, whichever diffusion support or tool is used, there is no real assistance for the usage of such documents, that are sometimes not so easy to interpret with their correct meaning.
- Help / support to organisations responsible for elaborating and disseminating such regulations, by providing a value-added diffusion tool which can explain and illustrate rules and principles on the very concrete example which is the project under the end-user is working.

Status:
- Integration of the whole application to the ISTforCE platform.
- Use in a “standalone" mode also possible (online - see specific result URL above).
- Demonstration of the concept (proof-of-concept of what can be done with the service): CSTB has included a rapid implementation of the French regulation concerning the accessibility of public buildings for disabled people, as defined by official documents included in the REEF.
- Coverage of rules is still incomplete. First, the IFC2.X models are missing many of the building's semantics (potential full coverage is estimated between 50 and 60%). Second, models generated by CAD software do not include the whole model information, thus allowing to cover only 20 to 30% of the whole rule base at the moment. It's worth noticing that, with better export tools and modelling discipline, the coverage would be even better than the one allowed by the IFC2.X specification. Of course, this coverage figures applies only the accessibility rule base. Coverage is tightly coupled with the rule base itself.

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