Tamer E. El-Diraby

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SUMMARY: A series of eleven case studies were gathered from across Canada in the summer of 2002. These case studies define an initial compendium of Best Practice in the use of information technology (IT) in Canada. The professionals interviewed included architects, engineers, general contractors, and owners. Many of them are at the cutting edge in their use(More)
SUMMARY: The e-COGNOS platform presents the first comprehensive ontology-based portal for knowledge management in the construction domain. The main features of the platform are an ontology (to encapsulate human knowledge) and a set of web services to support the management of ontology (creation, updates), user management (profiling) and handling knowledge(More)
This paper presents a hybrid framework that integrates value analysis and decision making for eliciting and evaluating design alternatives. Value analysis approach relies on the integration of the functional analysis through the systematic use of the functional analysis system technique and quality function deployment. This value analysis methodology(More)
SUMMARY: The 21 st century has been a growing awareness of the importance of the sustainability agenda. Moreover for construction, it has become increasingly important as clients are pushing for a more sustainable product to complement their organisations' own strategic plans. Sustainable development can be defined as development that meets the needs of the(More)
SUMMARY: Sustainable construction advocates efficient use of resources during the design, construction and operation phases for high performance, energy efficient buildings to minimize environmental impacts. This is accomplished through the application of comprehensive management strategies, whose direct effect is the creation of healthy and productive(More)
This paper presents a semantic framework for supporting the cost–benefit analysis in urban transit rehabilitation decisions. The use of semantic representations of decision parameters allows for more effective knowledge management practice and easier accumulation and access of corporate knowledge regarding balancing traditional construction investments with(More)
Semantic (ontology-based) collaborative web tools are promising means for supporting stakeholder collaboration for integrated infrastructure development. However, the development of a single ontology to serve the variety of collaborating stakeholders is not feasible given the multidisciplinary nature of the domain and the uniqueness of each project. As(More)