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Title: Enabling information sharing between E-commerce systems for construction material procurement
Authors: Kong, SCW
Li, H 
Hung, TPL
Shi, JWZ 
Castro-Lacouture, D
Skibniewski, M
Keywords: Construction material
E-commerce
Information sharing
Mobile agent
Web services
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Automation in construction, 2004, v. 13, no. 2, p. 261-276 How to cite?
Journal: Automation in construction 
Abstract: Many E-commerce systems for construction material procurement were developed to improve business process, to cut administration cost, and to provide more comprehensive information. Currently these E-commerce systems are owned and operated by many different parties like manufacturers, suppliers, agents and application services providers. These E-commerce systems are non-interoperable which create problems and difficulties for the buyers who use these systems to purchase construction materials. This paper first introduces the application of E-commerce in construction material procurement and then discusses problems of non-interoperable E-commerce systems and benefits of information sharing between them. Two state-of-the-art information technologies, mobile agent and Web services, for enabling information sharing between E-commerce systems are introduced. The system architecture and functions of a prototype system (named E-Union), which utilizes Web services technology to provide information sharing between construction material E-commerce systems, are presented. System evaluation and future works are discussed in the last part.
Description: This special edition of Automation in Construction is representative of the 2002 Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/9371
ISSN: 0926-5805
DOI: 10.1016/j.autcon.2003.08.011
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