ALOSS: A structure information retrieval system of existing shell and spatial structures in the world


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ALOSS: A structure information retrieval system of existing shell and spatial structures in the world

K. Ishikawa*, M. Iso, K. Inoue

HIGHLIGHTS

  • ALOSS is an acronym for “Album of Spatial Structures”.
  • The URL of ALOSS is http://aloss.jp.
  • ALOSS was created by a team based at the University of Fukui, Japan.
  • It is mainly based on information collected by Mr Isono, who is a structural engineer.

ABSTRACT

ALOSS is an acronym for “Album of Spatial Structures”. This is the name for a database of spatial structures from all over the world containing building names, photographs, addresses, architects, structural engineers, completion years, and so on. This database was established in Japanese and English languages on the internet in 1997. It is mainly based on information collected by Mr. Isono, who is a member and official photographer of IASS (International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures). He is a structural engineer with specialty in membrane structures. The URL of ALOSS is http://aloss.jp. So far, ALOSS has data on over 2000 structures, and this number is increasing steadily. Information relating to ALOSS is stored in a computer system at the University of Fukui, Japan and this information is being continually updated and refined. The purpose of this paper is to describe ALOSS, and to explain the manner in which it may be used to retrieve information. The results revealed that ALOSS is a useful source of information for students, architects and engineers interested in study of various types of the shell and spatial structures. It applies a pictorial and a keyword search method. This paper presented precisely and briefly all the basic aspects of ALOSS and especially the way of finding specific information about required spatial structure. The chronological chart is also presented by classification in the viewpoint of the structural system using the retrieval way of ALOSS. The structural material and the system innovation of spatial structures are shown among the technological development progress corresponding to the proposed chronological chart.

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To cite this article: Ishikawa K, Iso M, Inoue K. ALOSS: A structure information retrieval system of existing shell and spatial structures in the world. Journal of Advanced Civil Engineering Practice and Research 2017;5:2-6.

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