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6.2 IT for the Design of Animal Husbandry Buildings

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Gartung, Jürgen, W. Hartmann, Frank Preiß, K. Uminski, and E. Witzel. 2006. Section 6.2 IT for the Design of Animal Husbandry Buildings, pp. 367-382 of Chapter 6 Management and Decision Support Systems, in CIGR Handbook of Agricultural Engineering Volume VI Information Technology. Edited by CIGR--The International Commission of Agricultural Engineering; Volume Editor, Axel Munack. St. Joseph, Michigan, USA: ASABE.  .(doi:10.13031/2013.21688)
Authors:   J. Gartung, W. Hartmann, F. Preiß, K. Uminski, and E. Witzel
Keywords:   Construction costs, Building software, Computer planning, CAD systems, Construction cost network system, Construction cost database BAUKOST, Cost blocks, Barn, Slurry, Auxiliary facilities, Animal housing, Dairy cattle, Barn

Due to the continually increasing number of design drafts required for building permits, construction planning has become much more complicated. In contrast, the time available for planning is being constantly reduced. For this reason, the use of information technology in construction and cost calculation has been a focus for a long time. Routine tasks can be easily completed and information rapidly exchanged with networks of partners and databases.

Methods developed in Germany in the area of cost calculation for agricultural buildings are described. They primarily address documentation, preparation, and processing of building cost data according to a construction cost network system. Linked methods and classification systems allow construction costs to be managed from the detailed level of unit prices for construction services, to the building elements, through to the generally classified steps of cost blocks. Construction cost data for selected farm buildings has been documented and is available via the Internet and CD-ROM, including a database that includes 107 barn models.

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