Computer data exchange using national and international standards

Lansford C. Bell, Edd Gibson

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There is a need within the construction industry to electronically transmit standard documents between designers, owners, contractors, and material suppliers. Ideally, the transmission should be structured to eliminate or reduce the rekeying of transmitted data. Electronic data interchange (EDI) is an innovative technology that has been used effectively in the aerospace, automotive, and manufacturing industries for the direct computer-to-computer exchange of standard business documents. Documents that are routinely transmitted using EDI include purchase orders, purchase order acknowledgements, material releases, requests for quotations, supplier bids, and fund transfers. The basic concepts of electronic data interchange are presented and the status of the development of both national and international EDI standards is discussed. Two pilot EDI projects examined as part of a CII research project executed by the authors are presented as case studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPreparing for Construction in the 21st Century
EditorsLuh-Maan Chang
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, United States
PublisherPubl by ASCE
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0872628019
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes
EventConstruction Congress '91 - Cambridge, MA, USA
Duration: Apr 13 1991Apr 16 1991


OtherConstruction Congress '91
CityCambridge, MA, USA


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Bell, L. C., & Gibson, E. (1991). Computer data exchange using national and international standards. In L-M. Chang (Ed.), Preparing for Construction in the 21st Century (pp. 441-446). New York, NY, United States: Publ by ASCE.