“It is not the ship so much as the skilful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.” – George William Curtis Read
From getting brains on board, the New Year provides the opportunity to recap and relay the strategic plans for 2018. In 2017 we investigated, interpreted and brought the right Schwerpunkt to the project by identifying ontology based semantic model approach for the project.
In the first half of the New Year, we are focussed on delivering the “Dream it” module. To realise it, we are developing an appropriate ontology and interface using the creation and development of a Client brief, as the core of the module.
Often Clients come up with different views and approached to explaining what they want and what they need. Clients will use different terminologies and notations. Clients may not necessarily fully describe their needs, the reasoning for initiating the project or explicitly detail the outcomes required. Often the tacit knowledge of what a Client wants to achieve is not well translated to brief which would eventually have effects on the design and construction. This may lead to a delay in the project, delivering an experience and outcome which is below par in terms of quality and with overrunning costs also.
So, a well written brief which can be understood universally should be made available right at the beginning of the project. Establishing a well documented brief eliminates uncertainties such as Client requirement volatilities and this also helps in establishing a communication plan. An exemplar brief helps not only the Client to fully consider their own requirements and outcome but also the different stakeholders and actors within the project.
To speak in the same language, the first step of creating Client Brief ontology has commenced. We are following the 4C approach – capture, compare, categorise and create; and wherever possible we shall reuse and merge existing ontologies in the construction domain. We use an open-source and the most widely used ontology editor and framework for building intelligent systems – Protégé – to code and reason our ontologies. It will be evaluated and validated by ontology experts.
In parallel with Client brief ontology development, we are also developing an interface to capture different clients dream.
2018 will see the development and release of an alpha and beta version of GluIQ so please continue to read our updates and engage with us in this development programme.