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ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 89
PROCEEDINGS OF THE SIXTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING COMPUTATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
Edited by: M. Papadrakakis and B.H.V. Topping
Paper 26

A Study for the Establishment of a Knowledge Base for Innovative Building Materials

Y.C. Shiau1, L.T. Lu2, C.C. Ko1 and S.C. Yang1

1Institute of Construction Management, Chung Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
2General Affairs Division, Construction & Maintenance Section, Nan-Hua University, Jia-Yi, Taiwan

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
Y.C. Shiau, L.T. Lu, C.C. Ko, S.C. Yang, "A Study for the Establishment of a Knowledge Base for Innovative Building Materials", in M. Papadrakakis, B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 26, 2008. doi:10.4203/ccp.89.26
Keywords: innovative building materials, knowledge base, knowledge map.

Summary
The scale of construction in Taiwan has increased significantly. The materials used in projects are very complicated and the division of each subproject is more specialized [1]. To unite with new developments of information technology, effectively integrating newly developed materials into a database and allowing users to look up related messages through the internet, this will help the industry to select the most appropriate construction system and materials.

The objective of this project is to develop a management system of a knowledge base for innovative building materials. This system will integrate the construction materials, material specifications, and allow factories for construction industries to query the related information for new materials. This can significantly promote the construction level and increase management quality.

This study contains about 600 records of material providers' data and about 7500 records of material data from the Architecture and Building Research Institute, and collects around 100 records of material providers' data and some 600 records of material data from the internet [2].

The software includes the operation system, basic operation, innovative building material data maintenance, and innovative building material query. In addition, the material characteristics include fireproofing, thermal insulation, acoustics, weight reduction and strength.

This study allows the establishment of a "Knowledge Base for Innovative Building Materials" to integrate the related information of building materials [3]. The basic framework contains the operation system, basic operation, data maintenance, material data, query, and assurance of the required activity process items. Utilizing the system analysis effectively, it implements the functional requirements into the system framework.

The administrative structure of innovative building materials has been constructed in the system according to the Master Format from the Public Construction Commission, Executive Yuan. Through the construction of the knowledge base for construction materials, users can set up the related information for construction materials. This system uses a WindowsTM interface to display related messages so users can rapidly retrieve pertinent information. This can improve management efficiency and achieve rationalization, standardization, computerization and integration, which may reduce cost, save resources, improve production and create profit for the construction industry.

References
1
H.C. Yang, Y.C. Shiau, S.W. Yeh, S.H. Yeh, S.M. Wang, J.Y. Tsai, "The Establishment of a Knowledge Base for Building Construction Technology", in Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on the Application of Artificial Intelligence to Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, United Kingdom, paper 2, 2007. doi:10.4203/ccp.87.2
2
G.D. Jesng, "A Study on the Approval of New Technology, New Equipment and New Material", Dept. of Architect, Cheng Gong University of Technology, Technical Report of National Science Council, 2005.
3
W.B. Chang, "A Study on Standardization for Construction Elements", Technical Report of Architecture and Building Research Institute, Ministry of the Interior, 2001.

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