The potential of XML technology as an answer to the data interchange problems of the construction industry

Agdas, Duzgun & Ellis, Ralph D. (2010) The potential of XML technology as an answer to the data interchange problems of the construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 28(7), pp. 737-746.

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The complex supply chain relations of the construction industry, coupled with the substantial amount of information to be shared on a regular basis between the parties involved, make the traditional paper-based data interchange methods inefficient, error prone and expensive. The successful information technology (IT) applications that enable seamless data interchange, such as the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) systems, have generally failed to be successfully implemented in the construction industry. An alternative emerging technology, Extensible Markup Language (XML), and its applicability to streamline business processes and to improve data interchange methods within the construction industry are analysed, as is the EDI technology to identify the strategic advantages that XML technology provides to overcome the barriers to implementation. In addition, the successful implementation of XML-based automated data interchange platforms for a large organization, and the proposed benefits thereof, are presented as a case study.

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ID Code: 69814
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Information technology, electronic data interchange, extensible markup language
DOI: 10.1080/01446191003767503
ISSN: 1466-433X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Construction Engineering (090502)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 17 Apr 2014 03:45
Last Modified: 22 May 2014 06:50

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