Towards integrated assessments for urban development

Schevers, Hans, Trinidad, Gerardo S., & Drogemuller, Robin (2006) Towards integrated assessments for urban development. ITcon - Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction - Special Issue Decision Support Systems for Infrastructure Management, 11, pp. 225-236.

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The role of sustainability in urban design is becoming increasingly important as Australia’s cities continue to grow, putting pressure on existing infrastructure such as water, energy and transport. To optimise an urban design many different aspects such as water, energy, transport, costs need to be taken into account integrally. Integrated software applications assessing urban designs on a large variety of aspects are hardly available. With the upcoming next generation of the Internet often referred to as the Semantic Web, data can become more machine-interpretable by developing ontologies that can support the development of integrated software systems. Software systems can use these ontologies to perform an intelligent task such as assessing an urban design on a particular aspect. When ontologies of different applications are aligned, they can share information resulting in interoperability. Inference such as compliancy checks and classifications can support aligning the ontologies. A proof of concept implementation has been made to demonstrate and validate the usefulness of machine interpretable ontologies for urban designs.

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ID Code: 26119
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Urban development, semantic web, integrated assessments, software interoperability
ISSN: 1874-4753
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Design (120508)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: 2006 Dr Hans A.J. Schevers, Dr Gerardo Trinidad, Prof Robin M Drogemuller
Copyright Statement: Creative Commons licence CC-BY
Deposited On: 06 Jul 2009 05:24
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:53

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