Mapping of an abstract PLC information model into different fields of application
Keywords:Industrie 4.0, cross-lifecycle information model, semantic description, BIM
Collaborative working in BIM applications requires that different users have a common understanding of components such as pumps, valves or pipes. This common understanding is achieved by describing components through information models composed of defined properties. The different roles involved in the planning process (manufacturer, planner, operator) have different views of components. To avoid that different roles, develop specific information models, it makes sense to develop common information models describing the whole product life cycle (PLC). Besides BIM applications, information modeling of components is an area that is also used in industrial applications. An abstract modeling approach helps to ensure that information models are not developed in a technology-specific way.
This paper describes how a manufacturer- and technology-independent PLC information model for pumps and vacuum pumps was developed and subsequently integrated into industrial services and building services information standards. The integration is intended to serve as the basis for a continuous flow of information over the life cycle of pumps in building services applications.
The challenges of this work include mapping an abstract modeling concept to existing semantics in different technologies and not creating duplicates in existing data standards.
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