What is RATAS

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RATAS is a national framework program for IT in construction. The acronym RATAS is derived from Finnish words for "Computer Aided Building Design".

Since around 1983 a sequence of (more and less) coordinated R&D has been carried out in targeted areas of IT in construction. RATAS is a lot of things: R&D projects, product data models, national construction IT standards & guidelines etc.

To some extent, but not fully, these are elements of a consistent whole. The achievements so far can be seen as evolutionary steps towards the envisioned future of product model based information management in construction.

These pages summarises many but not yet all of them.

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