Ontology-Based Demand Support Systems for Urban Development

Schevers, Hans, Veldman, Dajon, Boulaire, Fanny, & Drogemuller, Robin (2006) Ontology-Based Demand Support Systems for Urban Development. In Brown, Kerry, Hampson, Keith, & Brandon, Peter (Eds.) Clients driving innovation : moving ideas into practice. CRC Construction Innovation, Brisbane, pp. 149-155.



Demand support systems (DSSs) can help clients by presenting design solutions using virtual reality, and by offering relevant feedback such as costs, energy usage, distances and density. Using these systems, clients and stakeholders can run 'what-if' scenarios on different design solutions and see the consequences of their changes. To make sure that a DSS is suitable, it needs to cope with the project situation at hand. This paper investigates DSSs that can be built 'on-site' and that are flexible enough to model project-specific issues. A custom-built DSS can be tailored for each project. Therefore this paper explores the use of ontologies. The use of an ontology enables further reuse of software components and software models. With this approach, several parts of software components can be reused and put together to quickly develop a customised DSS. This paper describes this approach and demonstrates a prototype implementation that is useful for urban design projects in early design phases.

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ID Code: 8121
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > CRC Construction Innovation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (consult authors)
Deposited On: 07 Jun 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:17

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