Towards Linking Virtual Models with Physical Objects in Construction using RFID: Review of Ontologies

Kristian Birch Sørensen, Per Christiansson, Kjeld Svidt, Kim Jacobsen, Thomas Simoni

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Virtual models have in recent years proven their worth in practice relating to building design. Today virtual models of the complete project are created before the project is carried out in practice. The immediate advantages of this are great; it introduces fewer errors, gives a better production basis, improved clarity and enhanced communication methods compared to traditional 2D drafting methods. However, there is still much unutilized potential in the virtual models, especially in the construction and operation phases. It is expected that a digital link between the virtual models and the physical objects in the construction process can improve the information and knowledge handling from design to construction, operation and maintenance. The link can be created by use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. This paper describes a review and assessment of existing ontologies relevant in relation to creating this link. The ontologies are categorised according to their applicability to specify technical services, resources, organisational relations, business processes and overall frameworks for ontology descriptions and their relations. It is concluded that, with few modifications the technical service and resource ontologies are applicable for industrial use and the meta, organisational and business process ontologies needs further development and industrial maturity to be applicable.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCIB W78 25th International Conference on Information Technology : Improving the Management of Construction Projects Through IT Adoption
EditorsLeonardo Rischmoller
Number of pages11
PublisherUniversidad de Talca, Chile
Publication date2008
ISBN (Print)9789563193619
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventInternational Conference on Information Technology - Santiago, Chile
Duration: 15 Jul 200817 Jul 2008
Conference number: 25


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Technology


  • Virtual models
  • RFID
  • Ontologies
  • Project progress management
  • Ubiquitous computing


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