Title: Context DataModel Framework: semantic facilities management

Authors: Renaud Vanlande, Christophe Nicolle

Addresses: Active3D-LAB – Archimen Group, 2 rue Renee Char, BP 66606, 21066 Dijon Cedex, France. ' Laboratoire LE2I – UMR CNRS 5158, Universite de Bourgogne – Faculte des Sciences, Mirande, BP 47870, 21078 Dijon Cedex, France

Abstract: Facility management is the practice of coordinating the physical workplace with the people and work of the organisation. It integrates the principles of business administration, architecture and the behavioural and engineering sciences. Software dedicated to facility management are usually limited to spreadsheet software. With the development of the Industry Foundation Class (IFC; a new object-oriented standard to model buildings) and web-based networks, a new generation of methods and tools dedicated to facility management are required. To deal with these requirements, we have developed a framework based on Semantic Web technologies: RDF, Ontology Web Language (OWL), Semantic Web Rule Language (SWRL) and Named Graph. This framework, called Context DataModel Framework, allows facilities manager to organise all knowledge generating during building lifecycle in end-user contextual graphs.

Keywords: IFC; industry foundation class; interoperability; semantic indexation; semantics; facilities management; object-oriented modelling; web-based networks; semantic web; ontology; building life cycle.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLM.2008.021440

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 2008 Vol.3 No.2/3, pp.165 - 177

Available online: 27 Nov 2008 *

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