Towards a multi-agent approach for knowledge-based virtual construction

E. A. Obonyo, C. J. Anumba

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In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards the use of virtual construction applications for design and functionality analysis in early stages of the project development cycle. It is the contention of this chapter that, although significant strides have been made in refining the capabilities of such applications, there is still no overall integration scheme for the sharing of information between the existing tools. This chapter proposes the use of an agent-enhanced knowledge framework within virtual construction applications. This will not only help address some of the information integration issues but will also make the modelling of virtual models more intuitive and powerful. The chapter gives an overview of the multi-agent paradigm, followed by a case study of a proof-of-concept agent-based construction e-business system (APRON) demonstrating the potential for using the multi-agent paradigm to address the challenges inherent in integrating information within distributed applications. This culminates in a discussion on the applicability of this approach in virtual construction applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollaborative Construction Information Management
PublisherSpon Press Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)0203883632, 9780203883631
StatePublished - May 22 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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