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DEVELOPING DATA-INPUT STANDARDS FOR COMPUTERIZED MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS: (Summary of a Symposium/Workshop)
five digit CSI categories, and most building codes of no more than 8 characters.
Twenty-five-character code descriptions have rarely caused a problem in the English language.
Uniform Codes for Appropriate Data Element Terms
It is suggested that you obtain a copy of Construction Specification Institute Master List of Titles and Numbers for the Construction Industry, publication number CSI MP-2-1-88. CSI is located in Alexandria, Virginia. Please note that the back of the document cross references from Item Description to 5-digit code. The front of the document defines the 16 Divisions and the expansion of the Divisions into Broadscope and Title. Of course, you know that Division 16 is electrical and 16400 is electrical service and distribution and 16480 is motor control and that Division 15 is mechanical and that 15170 is motors. You also know that you can use these codes to find catalogues in Sweets and cost estimates in Means. In Means, the expansion of the structure beyond 5 digits is applied.
Data Exchange Formats
Now that the glossary, coding structures, and coding scheme are established, let's establish the formats for combining the information into useful Records and Files for Data Exchange. Formats for discussion are the “THING RECORD” and the “WORK ORDER.”
Coding standards for PC-Computerized Maintenance Management Systems are urgently needed. The Federal Construction Council and National Academy of Sciences are urged to give their creation the highest possible priority. The combined stature, authority, and purchasing clout of the two groups give them the unique power to get the proper attention and commitment from all appropriate organizations.