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International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management


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International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management (4 papers in press)


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  • Comparison of Shipbuilding and Construction Industries from the Product Structure Standpoint   Order a copy of this article
    by Conrad Boton, Louis Rivest, Daniel Forgues, Julie R. Jupp 
    Abstract: The use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) across the construction industry can be compared to the use of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in manufacturing industries. Previous research work has shown that it is possible to improve BIM with the features and the best practices from the PLM approach. This article provides a comparison between the PLM and BIM from the standpoint of the Bill of Materials (BOM) and Product Structure (PS). It compares the product beginning of life in both construction and shipbuilding industries in order to state how these two industries are comparable. The research then tries to understand the use, form, and evolution of Product Structure and BOM concepts in shipbuilding with the aim of identifying equivalent notions in construction. Research findings demonstrate that similar concepts for structuring information exist in construction; however the relationship between them is unclear. Further research is therefore required to detail the links identified by the authors and develop an equivalent central structuring backbone as found in PLM platforms.
    Keywords: BIM; PLM; Product Structure; Bill of Materials; BOM; Shipbuilding; Construction.

  • User behaviour in AR-BIM-based site layout planning   Order a copy of this article
    by Abhishek Raj Singh, Venkata Santosh Kumar Delhi 
    Abstract: Construction site layout planning (SLP) is an essential task to decide layouts for temporary facilities. The conventional processes utilise two-dimensional (2D) paper-based medium for collaboration and coordination among project stakeholders to decide on such allocations. In the present study, an augmented reality enabled building information modelling (AR-BIM) based framework is developed for SLP and an experiment was conducted to understand the user behaviour in the new platform. It was observed that AR-BIM enabled better collaboration among team members. Further, members responded in a better fashion to new information and constraints. The study highlights how enhanced three-dimensional (3D) visualisation, as provided by AR-BIM platform improved the communication among planners and shifted the focus from solution search in the conventional process to understanding the future implications of the layouts proposed. Thus the study highlighted the benefits of AR-BIM-based SLP in terms of better visualisation, enhanced collaboration and better utilisation of the experience.
    Keywords: augmented reality; AR; building information modelling; BIM; AR+BIM; site layout planning; SLP; stakeholder collaboration; team coordination; visualisation.

  • Literature Review of Current Practices of Suppliers Assessment and Valuation of Decisions Regarding Underperforming Suppliers   Order a copy of this article
    by Clint Saidy, Claudia Pinna, Ziamara Wilson, Luidas Panavas, Ramy Harik, Abdel Bayoumi 
    Abstract: This article is a literature review that investigates current practices of suppliers delivery assessment and the valuation of managements decisions regarding underperforming suppliers. The development of this article is intended to aid as literary basis for future development of a comprehensive performance index and a cost function model. Derived from current literature, an underperforming supplier faces three potential outcomes: (1) switching the supplier, (2) increasing collaboration and (3) maintaining the status quo. The decision vis-
    Keywords: supplier; delivery time; quality; switching costs; collaborative planning; forecast; and replenishment; AHP.

  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) driven Ontology Modeling to Address Semantic Interoperability in Information Extraction   Order a copy of this article
    by Damayanthi Jesudas, Gurumoorthy B 
    Abstract: The aim of this research is to investigate the use of natural language processing techniques for ontology modeling that would address semantic interoperability problems arising due to terminological and semantic differences during information extraction from documents. These documents contain terminology that are specific to the group and experts involved in creating them. As manual extraction is a tedious process, natural language processing techniques are suggested in this work. Text from different documents describing new terms are taken as input. These text are processed to establish either semantic equivalence of the new term with concepts in reference ontology or add the term as a new concept if appropriate. Semantic role labeling is used for concept modeling and Semantic role labeling tool is used in deriving the concept instances from the text, which are matched against concepts in the reference ontology to establish equivalence. If instances of attributes are equivalent, then concepts are said to be equivalent and if equivalence is limited to attributes, then ontology is populated with new concept. Results on technical text are presented with discussion on how the limitations observed can be removed.
    Keywords: natural language processing; ontology modeling; semantic interoperability; information extraction; domain ontology; semantic role labeling; SENNA; semantic roles; semantic equivalence; mapping.