ADAPT Member’s Co-Edited Book 'Buildings and Semantics' Offers Diverse Insight into Data Models and Web Technologies

19 August 2022

ADAPT Research Fellow Kris McGlinn and his co-editor Pieter Pauwels published ‘Buildings and Semantics’ last month to serve as a guide for AEC computing and digital construction experts.

‘Buildings and Semantics: Data Models and Web Technologies for the Built Environment’ is a collection of research highlighting the technical nature and technical aspects of diverse data models and web technologies. 

The book is split into two parts, the first exploring a large diversity of IT techniques and their use in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) domain. The second focuses on diverse software solutions and approaches, including emerging technologies like digital twins, IoT, Cloud Computing, AI and smart cities, to name a few. 

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Kris McGlinn, Ph.D., is a Research Fellow and Computer Scientist in the ADAPT Centre, Trinity College Dublin. His research focus is knowledge engineering, in particular the application of Web of Data technologies for managing data from heterogeneous data sources. He has extensive experience working within the building domain, having worked on several EU and Irish national projects which explored topics ranging from smart building application development and evaluation, energy management in buildings, and the integration of building data with geospatial data. He was Principal Investigator for the H2020 SWIMing project, a Coordination and Support Action which explored the use of Semantic Web technologies for information modelling across EU projects and industry, and he was a founding chair of the W3C Linked Building Data community group, with the stated goal of developing ontologies for managing building data.

Pieter Pauwels works as an Associate Professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe), the Department of the Built Environment. He previously worked at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Ghent University (2008–2019). His work and interests are in information system support for the building life-cycle (architectural design, construction, building operation). With a lot of experience and knowledge in computer science and software development, he is involved in a number of industry-oriented research projects on topics affiliated to AI in construction, design thinking, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Linked Building Data (LBD), Linked Data in Architecture and Construction (LDAC), and Semantic Web technologies.