An Ontology-based Framework for Sustainable Factories

Stefano Gagliardo, Franca Giannini, Marina Monti, Giulia Pedrielli, Walter Terkaj, Marco Sacco, Matteo Ghellere, Francesco Salamone

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The problem of factory sustainability is commonly addressed by focusing on specific aspects related to products, processes or production resources, while the impact of the building and facilities is usually neglected even though it counts for 40% of the total world's energy consumption. This paper presents a holistic framework based on an integrated collaborative virtual environment that facilitates the sharing of the complete factory information and knowledge between various software tools, supporting the sustainable design and management of all the factory entities. In particular, the attention is focused on the Semantic Data Model that provides a semantic representation of the data and knowledge required for sustainability assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-207
Number of pages10
JournalComputer-Aided Design and Applications
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • ontology-based data model
  • sustainable factory
  • virtual factory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computational Mathematics


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