A Collaborative Web Service Platform for AEC Supply Chain
Information sharing within and across companies is crucial for an effective supply chain. For the AEC industry, however, information sharing is difficult due to the highly fragmented and temporary, project-based nature of its supply chain. As Internet access becomes ubiquitous and online information grows, the web services model has emerged as a promising approach for integrating scattered information sources and software applications to achieve interoperability. A prototype web-based platform, SC Collaborator, is designed to facilitate information sharing and to support collaborative communication for AEC supply chain. Using web portal technology, the web-based platform can be easily set up to integrate distributed application services and provides a single point of access for each participating partner to collaborate on a project.