A Semiotic Analysis of the Meaning of the Encoding, Decoding, and Interpretation Process during the Development and Use of Building Information Systems

Timo Hartmann

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Abstract

This paper presents a unified semiotic theory of computer based communication for the built environment. The developed theory understands (computer) sign-based communication as a triadic process involving real world objects, the signs computers use to represent them, and interpretants that represent the understanding that users were able to produce about the built environment by interpreting these signs. The triadic character of the semiotic theory allows us to understand the cascading process of developing and using BI systems during which actors create computer-based signs to represent objects in the built environment (semantic representation), how others interpret signs, and how, based on these interpretations, these others can then encode the interpreted meaning using new signs. Next to developing the above outlined semiotic meaning decoding, interpretation, and encoding process framework, the paper also shows by example that this semiotic framework allows understanding the process of how signs allow for the communication of meaning about the built environment during the development and use of BI systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationJune 23-25, 2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
EditorsIoannis Brilakis, SangHyug Lee, Burcin Becerik-Gerber
Place of PublicationReston, VA, USA
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Pages794-801
ISBN (Print)978-0-7844-1302-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2013
EventASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, IWCCE 2013 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 23 Jun 201325 Jun 2013

Workshop

WorkshopASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, IWCCE 2013
Abbreviated titleIWCCE
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period23/06/1325/06/13

Keywords

  • IR-89749
  • METIS-297215

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