A model for the development of a building material information system

This paper aims to propose a model that enables building material information sharing through a web-based environment by providing access to any sort of up-to-date and accurate building material information on any phase of the building production process. The proposed model provides a mechanism for disseminating classified building material information for decision makers to search for building materials based on the building production phases and effective criteria. Firstly, a field survey was conducted among the main decision makers on building product selection. The survey findings were discussed with a focus group to explore the meanings of survey results at a deeper level and to perform the process analysis for the model development. Then, a process analysis was performed by adopting IDEF-0 technique, to describe the steps and decisions involved in the flow of the building material selection. Accordingly, a model was proposed by coding it with C# language and necessary interfaces were created and tested to show how the system performs. The model enables decision makers to access necessary information in the shortest time and in accordance with the phases of the building production process. With the usage of the model, decision makers can gain time and cost savings by accessing different sort of building material information with less effort and time. The development of the model is an important step for the construction industry in terms of the acquisition of up-to-date and accurate building material information by collecting and distributing all building material information from a single source.


Amor, R., Kloep, W. (2003). e-product catalogues. Paper presented at the meeting of EIA9 Conference on e-Activities and Intelligent Support in Design and the Built Environment, Istan-bul, Turkey.

Amor, R., Newnham, L. (1999). CAD interfaces to the ARROW manufactured product server. Paper present-ed at the meeting of CAADfutures’99, Atlanta, USA.

Amor, R., Turk, Z., Hyvarinen, J., Finne, C. (2000). CONNET: a gateway to Europe’s construction information. Paper presented at the meeting of CIB W78 Construction Information Tech-nology 2000, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Tas, E., Irlayici, F. P. (2007). A survey of the use of IT in building product information acquisition in Turkey. Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 12, 323-335.

Tas, E., Yaman, H., Tanacan, L. (2008). A building material evaluation and selection model for the Turkish construction sector. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Manage-ment, 15(2), 149-163.

Tas, E., Cakmak-Irlayici, P., Levent, H. (2013). Determination of behaviors in building product information acquisition for developing a building product information system in Turkey. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 139(9), 1250-1258.

Bilal, M., Oyedele, L. O., Munir, K., Ajayi, S. O., Akinade, O. O., Owolabi, H. A., Alaka, H. A. (2017). The application of web of data technologies in building materials information modelling for construction waste analytics. Sustainable Materials and Technologies, 11, 28-37.

Cooper, R., Aouad, G., Lee, A., Wu, S. (2010). Process and product model-ing. In The Wiley Guide to Project Tech-nology, Supply Chain, and Procurement Management (pp. 81-107). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Cope, G., Amor, R.W. (2002). UDDI for a manufactured product brokering service. Paper presented at the meet-ing of ECPPM 2002: 4th European Conference on Conference on Product and Process Modelling in the Building and Construction Industry; eWork and eBusiness in Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Portoroz, Slovenia.

Coyne, R., Lee, J., Duncan, D., Ofluoglu, S. (2001). Applying web-based product libraries. Automation in Con-struction, 10(5), 549-559.

Debras, P. (2000). Construction application of a GEN-Network: uniform access to standards, products and company information. Paper presented at the meeting of CIB W78 Construction Information Technology 2000, Reykja-vik, Iceland.

Faux, I., Radeke, E., Stewing, F.J., van der Broek, G., Kesteloot, P., Sabin, A. (1998). Intelligent access, publishing, and collaboration in the global engineering networking. Computer Networks and ISDN Systems, 30(13), 1249-1262.

Hunt, V. D. (1996). Process mapping: how to reengineer your business process-es. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

IDEF-0 (http://www.idef.com/pdf/idef0.pdf ).

Jain, S., Augenbroe, G. (2000). The role of electronic product data cata-logues in design management. Paper presented at the meeting of CIB W96 Conference Design Management in the Architectural and Engineering Of-fice, Atlanta, USA.

Jain, S., Augenbroe, G. (2002). Performance-based e-catalogues for the building industry. In Challenges and Achievements in e-business and e-work (pp. 1250-1257). Netherlands: IOS Press.

Jain, S., Augenbroe, G. (2003). A methodology for supporting product selection from e-catalogues. Journal of Information Technology in Construc-tion, 8(27), 381-396.

Kagioglou, M., Cooper, R., Aouad, G., Sexton, M. (2000). Rethinking construction: the generic design and construction process protocol. Engi-neering, Construction and Architectural Management, 7(2), 141-153.

Kong, S. C., Li, H., Liang, Y., Hung, T., Anumba, C., Chen, Z. (2005). Web services enhanced interoperable con-struction products catalogue. Automation in Construction, 14(3), 343-352.

Koskela, L. (1992). Application of the new production philosophy to construction. (Report No. 72). Stanford Uni-versity: Center for Integrated Facility Engineering.

Nyambayo, J., Amor, R., Faraj, I., Wix, J. (2000). External product library - an implementation of the industry foundation classes release 2.0 model. Pa-per presented at the meeting of Prod-uct Data Technology Europe, Noord-wijk, Netherlands.

Obonyo, E.A., Anumba, C.J., Thor-pe, A., Parkes, B. (2001). Specification and procurement of construction products: potential role of intelligent agents. Paper presented at the meeting of International Conference on Intelligent Agents, Web Technologies and Inter-net Commerce, Las Vegas, USA.

Ofluoglu, S. (2003). Interactive build-ing material information in the context of e-commerce world. Paper presented at the meeting of EIA9 Conference on e-Activities and Intelligent Support in Design and the Built Environment, Is-tanbul, Turkey.

Owolabi, A., Anumba, C. J., El-Hamalawi, A. (2003). Architecture for implementing IFC-based online construction product libraries. Journal of Information Technology in Construc-tion, 8, 201-218.

Park, H. J., Jung, T. H., Yoon, S. H., Koo, K. J. (2010). Tag-manager based document management prototype system of building material information. Paper presented at the meeting of the International Conference on Comput-ing in Civil and Building Engineering, The University of Nottingham, UK.

RINET (http://cic.vtt.fi/projects/ri-net/rinet.html).

Van Leeuwen, J.P., Fridqvist, S. (2002). On the management of sharing design knowledge. Paper presented at the meeting of CIB W78 conference on Distributing Knowledge in Building, Aarhus, Denmark.

Kaynak Göster