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Title: Internet-based geographical information systems system for e-commerce application in construction material procurement
Authors: Li, H 
Kong, CW
Pang, YC
Shi, WZ 
Yu, L
Keywords: Geographic information systems
Internet
Electronic commerce
Construction industry
Materials
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Source: Journal of construction engineering and management, 2003, v. 129, no. 6, p. 689-697 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of construction engineering and management 
Abstract: This study combines two luminous areas, geographical information systems (GIS) and E-commerce system, and applies the combined technology in the business of construction material trading. In the era of electronic business, trades can be accomplished without limitations on time and space. The statement is true in principle only, but in reality, any kind of business activity must involve transportation of goods from one place to another, and therefore, constrain in space is always in existence. GIS is capable to integrate, to manage, and to analyze information regarding to space (spatial information). This study investigates the roles of internet-based GIS in E-commence systems. It is identified that there is a great potential to use GIS in E-commerce system to provide better services in location-based queries, business area analysis, and transportation analysis. Accordingly, an E-commerce system for the business of construction material is developed. The implemented system is called construction materials exchange, this is currently operating for the over 2,000 buyers, 29,000 suppliers, and 1,000 agents, and the system mainly servers for the great China region. This paper presents the system from its conceptual business model, logical system design, to the system implementation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/24086
ISSN: 0733-9364
EISSN: 1943-7862
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2003)129:6(689)
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