The new forms of management, which have been applied to construction, imply a differentiated demand of information contents on products and services. The alterations in the contract models, project development, control methods, as well as the quality management system requirements, need both content and form of product and services data dissemination to be homogeneous, in order to allow the interoperability of systems and agents. Many product-classification systems already co-exist and, at the moment, an impressive international standardisation effort is taking place through OCCS. This proposal, which is mainly focused on products, does not encompass important points for the management of the whole life span of a building. For this, it will be necessary to add new facets to the classifying structure and to deepen product definition, including the description of the production space. The creation of descriptive standards associated with these classification systems may consolidate a more understandable language for construction management, which may be transcribed or incorporated by languages such as XML or IFC standards. The basis for building these standards must be a consolidated terminology. Based on this, it will be possible to establish associative networks of concepts linked to building management and production processes. It will also be possible to define the most common characteristics linked to each category of products and services, treating them as attributes of these items, as well as all types of uses, elements and spaces composing the environment where the management process takes place.
Specifications standards, building management systems, terminology.
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