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An E-Commerce Platform for Industrialized Construction Procurement Based on BIM and Linked Data

Department of Construction Management, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
School of Economics and Management/Beijing Key Laboratory of Emergency Support Simulation Technologies for City Operations, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
School of Investment and Construction Management, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Dalian 116025, China
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Sustainability 2018, 10(8), 2613;
Received: 18 April 2018 / Revised: 28 June 2018 / Accepted: 24 July 2018 / Published: 25 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in E-Business)
Industrialized construction has raised the requirements of procurement methods used in the construction industry. The rapid development of e-commerce offers efficient and effective solutions, however the large number of participants in the construction industry means that the data involved are complex, and problems arise related to volume, heterogeneity, and fragmentation. Thus, the sector lags behind others in the adoption of e-commerce. In particular, data integration has become a barrier preventing further development. Traditional e-commerce platform, which considered data integration for common product data, cannot meet the requirements of construction product data integration. This study aimed to build an information-integrated e-commerce platform for industrialized construction procurement (ICP) to overcome some of the shortcomings existing platforms. We proposed a platform based on Building Information Modelling (BIM) and linked data, taking an innovative approach to data integration. It uses industrialized construction technology to support product standardization, BIM to support procurement process, and linked data to connect different data sources. The platform was validated using a case study. With the development of an e-commerce ontology, industrialized construction component information was extracted from BIM models and converted to Resource Description Framework (RDF) format. Related information from different data sources was also converted to RDF format, and Simple Protocol and Resource Description Framework Query Language (SPARQL) queries were implemented. The platform provides a solution for the development of e-commerce platform in the construction industry. View Full-Text
Keywords: e-commerce; industrialized construction procurement; building information modelling; linked data e-commerce; industrialized construction procurement; building information modelling; linked data
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He, D.; Li, Z.; Wu, C.; Ning, X. An E-Commerce Platform for Industrialized Construction Procurement Based on BIM and Linked Data. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2613.

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