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Building and construction industry adopts XML

by CMPNet Team, CMPNet Asia

Asia-Pacific domains to localise a flavour of XML (EXtensible Mark-up Language) for the architecture, engineering and construction industries, will soon be established in Singapore, Japan and Australia.

When in operation, regional domains will submit their localised schema requirements for data management on aecXML. XML tags establish a framework for hassle-free functions such as document transfer over the Internet?regardless of file formats, and sharing of databases, with the same intention as a business-to-business exchange on the Internet.

Duane Barrett, vice-chair of aecXML Domain, has already started talking to local authorities in Singapore and expects to start a domain within a few weeks. The aecXML domain partners span across the building and construction industry, from designers to suppliers.

The need for localised schema arises because XML technologies value will not be apparent unless XML tags are intelligently defined.

Specifically configured schemas allow players in the construction industry to take advantage of the Internet to present and transport data to their partners and customers, without interoperability hassles,?said Barrett.

For example, if a customer needed more information on a door, he would specify a search over the íNet to obtain the door's specifications from a supplier who has an aecXML-enabled system, without coming up with redundant information.?

To avoid interoperability issues, aecXML has been in the process of being mapped as an open industry standard, under the umbrella of the International Alliance for Interoperability, since April.

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