IJSSH 2012 Vol.2(1): 24-29 ISSN:2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2012.V2.63

Distribution and Utilization of Three-dimensional Life-cycle Information on Civil Infrastructure in Japan

Satoshi Kubota

Abstract—To promote innovation in public works, an environment is needed where three-dimensional (3D) information on civil infrastructure can be used efficiently and smoothly throughout the life cycle of projects. In Japan, 3D information is not often used on civil infrastructure construction projects. In this paper, schemes are investigated for the distribution and utilization of 3D information in accordance with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards and were produced by using 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software based on the concept of product data models. First, the existing literature is classified by work stage to provide context for utilizing 3D information. Next, the paper discusses the necessary steps and areas of future research to promote the utilization of 3D information, including the establishment of standards for exchanging 3D information, modifying relevant systems, constructing road data models, creating work process models, developing 3D CAD engines, and providing 3D information utilization environments. Finally, the potential for utilizing 3D information in road construction projects by local government and small- and medium-sized businesses is examined, and the steps to be implemented for this purpose are summarized.

Index Terms—civil infrastructure, information management, three-dimensional information, product data model.

Satoshi Kubota is an Assistant Professor, Faculty of Software and Information Science, Iwate Prefectural University, Japan (e-mail: s-kubota@iwate-pu.ac.jp).

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Cite: Satoshi Kubota, "Distribution and Utilization of Three-dimensional Life-cycle Information on Civil Infrastructure in Japan," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 24-29, 2012.

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