||In United States, there are many researchers developing hundreds of computerized approaches and algorithms that can be used to automatically and continuously analyze the conditions of entire building systems. In these research projects, it is an importation problem regarding how to certainly retrieve needed information and how to provide relevant information for further processing. This research discussed development of a new reasoning mechanism that combines several ontology-related technologies such as OWL, Protégé and SWRL tools.|
The term “Ontology” originates from philosophy. For the past few years, the concept in Ontology is applied in computer science and information science. It uses a set of concepts to represent knowledge within a domain. It can describe and reason about the domain knowledge. In order to build the ontology model, many organizations begin to develop the Ontology Language. In this study, we utilized the OWL(Web Ontology Language), which is proposed by W3C(World Wide Web Consortium) and is based on RDF(Resource Description Framework) and XML(Extensible Markup Language). It is one of the foundations for Protégé. Protégé is the user interface for editing the ontology model and was developed by Stanford University using JAVA. Protégé is a open source tool. In this study, we mainly used Protégé to construct the ontology model then edited the model through the OWLAPI, which part of its interfaces are supported by Pellet. Because Pellet cannot provide full functionality for reasoning some detailed knowledge, another tool, called “SWRL” (Semantic Web Rule Language), i.e., an extended rule language, was utilized to do more complicated business processes. Finally, we combined the BIM model to reason the required information, and provided the information for other programs to process.
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