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ScientificWorldJournal. 2014;2014:808613. doi: 10.1155/2014/808613. Epub 2014 Sep 17.

A filter-mediated communication model for design collaboration in building construction.

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Department of Architectural Engineering, Sejong University, 98 Gunja-Dong, Gwangjin-Gu, Seoul 143-747, Republic of Korea.
Emerging Tech. Lab, Samsung SDS, 9th Floor, ASEM Tower, Samsung-Dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul 135-798, Republic of Korea.
Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Technion City, 32000 Haifa, Israel.


Multidisciplinary collaboration is an important aspect of modern engineering activities, arising from the growing complexity of artifacts whose design and construction require knowledge and skills that exceed the capacities of any one professional. However, current collaboration in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries often fails due to lack of shared understanding between different participants and limitations of their supporting tools. To achieve a high level of shared understanding, this study proposes a filter-mediated communication model. In the proposed model, participants retain their own data in the form most appropriate for their needs with domain-specific filters that transform the neutral representations into semantically rich ones, as needed by the participants. Conversely, the filters can translate semantically rich, domain-specific data into a neutral representation that can be accessed by other domain-specific filters. To validate the feasibility of the proposed model, we computationally implement the filter mechanism and apply it to a hypothetical test case. The result acknowledges that the filter mechanism can let the participants know ahead of time what will be the implications of their proposed actions, as seen from other participants' points of view.

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