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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 17
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper I.5

Collaborative Distributed Facility Engineering through Agent-based Software Integration

T. Khedro and M.R. Genesereth

Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, United States of America

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T. Khedro, M.R. Genesereth, "Collaborative Distributed Facility Engineering through Agent-based Software Integration", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Knowledge Based Systems for Civil & Structural Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 27-35, 1993. doi:10.4203/ccp.17.1.5
A framework for collaborative distributed facility engineering is presented. This framework is an extension of an integration technology called Agent-Based Software Engineering. The focal entity of this framework is a Multiagent Design Team (MDT) that comprises a collection of Design Agents (e.g., design software with certain communication capabilities) and a Design Specialist, which together perform specific design tasks. Multiagent design teams are autonomous and form an organization structured based on a Federation Architecture. Every multiagent design team surrenders its autonomy to a system program called Facilitator, which coordinates the interaction among design agents in the federation. Facilitators can be viewed as representatives of one or more teams that facilitate the exchange of design information and knowledge in support of the design tasks they perform. In the federation, design specialists collaborate by exchanging design information with others via their design agents, and by identifying and resolving design conflicts by negotiation. In addition to a discussion of the framework's primary aspects, its realization in an integrated distributed environment for collaborative building engineering is described.

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