The agent paradigm has been used by several researchers to build several complex construction industry-specific tools ranging from e-business applications to cross-disciplinary communication systems, supply-chain management and contract administration. Because of the slow progress in the maturity of the underlying infrastructure, such applications relied on platforms such as JADE based on agent-centered techniques which focus on the defining communication and interaction protocols based on individual agents' internal structure. An agent-centered approach undermines the potential for deploying a large-scale community of agents developed by different people. This paper discussed the potential for addressing this limitation using organizational abstraction to model multi-agent systems. It provides an overview of an agent-centered, JADE-based prototype system for construction specification and procurement. A critique of the agent-centered approach has been provided. The paper also reviews related work in organization-centered, agent systems. This is followed by a description of an organization-centered, JADE-based proof-of-concept based on construction products procurement requirements. The paper concludes with a discussion highlighting further work in the research. It specifically identifies the potential for enhancing the organization-centered MAS approach using ontologies.
|Number of pages
|Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction
|Published - Nov 2011
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Building and Construction
- Computer Science Applications