2003 Proceedings of the 20th ISARC, Eindhoven, Holland
Abstract: Terneuzen- On the 14th of March 2003, the Westerschelde Tunnel was opened after a
construction phase of five and a half years. The tunnel was constructed using modern technologies which were
partially supported by software and other automated equipment. It?s uncommon to use highly automated
technologies in construction projects because the unique character ...
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Abstract: When speaking about The Future Site we presume that in future a site will be different from
the present building site. We take it for granted that almost every thing in our modern world is subject to
permanent change. But to develop a vision on how that future site will look like ...
Keywords: Building Site, Drivers for Change, Industrialisation, Mass Customisation, Trends
Abstract: Open Building advocates the direct relation between industrial manufacturing and the user /
inhabitant. To make the industry-consumer relationship possible, base-buildings must offer space available for
user controlled fit-out. To date, a fairly large number of experimental projects have been executed on a global
scale. They demonstrate the potential of the approach. A ...
Keywords: Housing, systematization, industrialization, user control, design distribution
Abstract: In construction production field, since various type of disturbance factor is existed, it is difficult
to manage related information by using conventional model. In this paper, a new concept of ?Parts and Packets
unified architecture? is proposed. Data or information related to a product are carried by product itself and can be
Keywords: Glue Logic, Parts and Packets, Active Data Base, RFID, Automated Handling, Dynamic
Abstract: The EU FutureHome project is focusing in the development of new modular building
construction with several important features: high quality, variety of designs, mass production, reasonable cost,
and etc. To reach this objective three main points can be study: a) integration approach during all the stages of
the building design (from architectural design ...
Keywords: Modular construction, integration, automatic design and planning, automatic assembly, robotized construction
Abstract: This paper discusses the advanced concept of Industrial, Flexible and Demountable
(IFD) building. The IFD concept aims to balance the interests of all construction industry stakeholders.
The use of industrial building methods for offices, schools and factories has gained broad popularity in
the practice. However, the building clients conventional view does not give ...
Keywords: building process innovation, industrial, flexible, demountable, customer satisfaction,
collaborative engineering, comakership, product development
Abstract: Research at the University of Southern California addresses a new construction automation approach
using a layered fabrication process called Contour Crafting (CC). The process aims at automated construction of
whole structures as well as sub-components. Using this process, a single house or a colony of houses, each with
possibly a different design, may ...
Keywords: automated reinforcement; automated tiling; automated painting; automated plumbing; automated electrical and communication network construction; Contour Crafting; mobile robotics
Abstract: The programme "Demonstration projects Industrial, Flexible and Demountable Building" (known
by its Dutch abbreviation IFD) is a joint initiative of the SEV with the Ministries of Economic Affairs (EZ), and
of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM). The ministries are eager to promote the application
of IFD building principles by industry and ...
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Abstract: In the late ?80s and early ?90s, people at HBG Woningbouw came up with the idea of changing the way the construction of housing projects was organised in order to respond to the market demand for cheaper rented and owner-occupied accommodation.
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Abstract: Real-time control of on-site construction is a growing field still in its infancy. A model
for automated control was developed, implemented and validated in the field, to verify if Project
Performance Indicators (PPI) can be automatically measured and controlled. The concept behind
this development is that indirect data ? locations measured automatically at ...
Keywords: Automated Data Collection; Control; Manpower; Monitoring; Performance Measurement
Abstract: In 1997 a development project was started aiming on mechanisation of the process of paving
floors with ceramic tiles. Together with a number of companies from The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium
and with additional funding from the European Commission the project was carried out by A+ innovations in cooperation
with the Eindhoven University ...
Keywords: Automation, Ceramic tiles, Development, Robot, Success factors
Abstract: Equipping engineering machines and trajectory vehicles with automatic and remote control
systems is necessary in case there is any environmental hazard for an operator i.e. environment conditions, an
impact from fire field etc. It is particularly crucial when there is no possibility for any person to be in a machine
or in its ...
Keywords: Unmanned Ground Vehicle, Surrounding Recognition Systems, Laser Scanner, Visual Unit
Abstract: Articulated wheel tool-carriers manufactured up to 20-25 tons of total weights are wide available
on the construction equipment market and have a lot of unique advantages not accessible on Ackerman steering
or truck-mounted equipment such as :
- for weight up to 20 t high cross-country mobility ? comparable to heavy military tracked ...
Keywords: articulated tractor, high speed, identification, remote control, snaking phenomenon, steering
Abstract: A wide range of construction machines are used in the course of road building. Automation offers
a number of benefits and improvements to the control of the work processes. A total of 16 different work
procedures involving 13 construction machines were evaluated using the measurement criteria developed for this
purpose. Total points scored ...
Keywords: automation, road construction, heavy machinery, feasibility evaluation, measurement criteria
Abstract: The work discussed in this paper concerns automation of excavation or automation of loading
particulate media by an excavating machine. Based on the analysis of the process, knowledge of the force of
cutting/digging is required for feedback purposes. The lack of a reliable and well established model for the
force in question dictates ...
Keywords: Cutting/digging force, bulk media, model formulation, experiment
Abstract: We report a system for remote control and automatic management of a fleet of earth-moving and
construction machines with assisted guidance in earthworks and road construction. The system can be divided
into three segments: control segment, positioning segment, data transmission segment. The positioning segment
is based on WAAS or classical DGPS techniques. The ...
Keywords: Earth-moving Machines; GPS; Internet; Remote Control; Total Station; WAAS/EGNOS
Abstract: high efficiency of mounting robotized complexes is achievable by means of
adaptive control algorithms that provide motion planning and forming of control actions,
taking into account conditions of manipulator, object and environment. Incomplete and
unclear body of data on the object and operating space does not allow to obtain the desired
control using traditional ...
Keywords: robotization, construction, control algorithms, visual sensor, mobile
robots, planning of the robots movement, kinematics.
Abstract: Special rowing up grab buckets are used in construction for performing
clearing, loading and unloading functions; when mining thin layers of soil and basic
materials. The efficiency of grab buckets with large opening of the jaws can be sufficiently increased by providing straight linear progressive movement of the jaws when the angle ...
Keywords: excavating machines, construction, grab working, kinematic scheme, control
algorithms, visual sensor, mobile robots, planning of the robots movement, kinematics
Abstract: For autonomous scooping operation by wheel loader, a method for adequate arrangement of
bucket trajectory will be proposed. In scooping operation of wheel loader by human operator, bucket motion
includes several cycles of arm lift and bucket tilt alternately. Consequently, the tip of bucket moves on alternate
short path of horizontal and vertical ...
Keywords: Wheel Loader, Scooping, Bucket Control, Trajectory, Resistance force, Pile
Abstract: Currently, the speed at which constructing materials can be transferred from a transport ship to an
offshore construction site is limited by sea conditions. Rough sea conditions cause the payload to sway making
load transfer difficult and time-consuming. The objective of this research is to develop a real-time, command
compensating control for reducing ...
Keywords: Shipboard crane controls, Offshore construction, Inverse kinematics, Sliding mode control strategy
Abstract: Most existing Maze-Solving algorithms assume a constant priority for the robot's movement.
Thus, each moment, the robot will determine next movement only by the assumed constant priority. As turning
would take a lot of time the fastest path and the easiest to go through is the one that has less turns. Because ...
Keywords: Maze-Solving Algorithms, Open Path's Length, Less Turns, Variable Movement Priority
Abstract: As part of the Future Home project, research was conducted to look into ways of improving the
security and develop methods and reliable systems to detect possible failures and to avoid any harm to the
machinery and installations and, above all, to the workers in the construction site.
The work described in this ...
Keywords: Construction Site Safety, Automatic Construction System, Positioning in Construction, IT in construction
Abstract: Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) have been identified as one of the most promising
technologies and will continue to revolutionize the industry as well as the industrial and consumer products by
combining silicon-based microelectronics with micro-machining technology. All the spheres of industrial application
including robots conception and development will be impacted by this new technology. ...
Keywords: MEMS, Electronics, Construction, Sensors, Automation
Abstract: Most tele-operation to manipulate an object consists of gripping and manipulation and two or more 6-DOF haptic devices in master side are usually used. In this article, a new simply designed 7-DOF haptic device, PATHOS II is proposed for 1-DOF gripping and 6-DOF manipulation. The merits of a parallel type ...
Keywords: Haptic Device, Parallel type, 7 DOF Robot
Abstract: Current methods for construction site modeling employ large, expensive laser range scanners that
produce dense range point clouds of a scene from different perspectives. While useful for many purposes, this
approach is not feasible for real-time applications, which would enable automated obstacle avoidance and semiautomated
equipment control, and could improve both safety and ...
Keywords: construction automation; laser range finder; object fitting; object matching; workspace modeling
Abstract: Self-Propelled manipulation system which is a mobile robot uses for its movement a chassis, a
device on aerostatics supports. The catch of the manipulation system takes its positions at the point of support
on the indoors floor and clutches with it. By means of its drives the manipulation system moves chassis into ...
Keywords: manipulation system, mobile robots, aerostatics supports, construction, kinematics
Abstract: For safe and efficient execution using the microtunneling method, it is necessary to understand both
buried objects and ground information. The authors adopted an electromagnetic wave sensing system, devised an
antenna that can be installed in a microtunneling driving machine with a diameter of approximately ø350 mm, and
incorporated an original analysis algorithm ...
Keywords: frontward sensing, radar, utility detection, electromagnetic wave, microtunneling
Abstract: This paper presents a construction robot that is a hybrid type robot using pneumatic actuator. The
hybrid type robot can be used in a window glass mounting, panel fixing, engine installing by gripper changing
and so on. We proposed a mechanism of hybrid type robot for construction works, derived a kinematic modeling
Keywords: Construction robot, Hybrid robot, Parallel mechanism , Pneumatic Actuator, Sliding control
Abstract: DOSAT H04 is an integral automatic control system for the production and sales management of premixed concrete in cyclical operation gravimetric plants. This system is a tool that guarantees to obtain an stable quality in the production of premixed concrete, and also to control the material resources and invoicing issues
Abstract: The NIST Construction Metrology and Automation Group, in cooperation with the NIST
Intelligent Systems Division, is researching robotic structural steel placement through an ongoing program
entitled Performance of Innovative Technologies for Automated Steel Construction. This program,
initiated in response to an American Institute of Steel Construction request for a 25 % reduction in ...
Keywords: construction automation, path planning, robotics, steel, VRML, 3-D coordinate
Abstract: The Dutch government encourages innovative construction by subsidizing cohesive industrial, flexible and demountable building (IFD) pilot projects. Industrial building concerns the process-related aspects of production, robotization, mechanization, automation, prefabrication, communication, etc. Flexible building
involves products that are made in accordance with customers wishes and the possibility to make adjustments when the ...
Keywords: Building Site, Building System, Industrial Construction , Multidisciplinary Design
Abstract: This paper describes a research project of the Dutch foundation for building research, aimed at identifying and describing the key technologies for robotics and automated production systems in the building & construction industry. The project focusses on the dutch building & construction industry (housing & utility buildings excluding civil engineering ...
Keywords: Off-site construction, product/market/technology mapping, business development, SMEs
Abstract: Information about products for the construction industry is increasingly often provided to designers
in digital ways that enable them to apply the information directly in the design process. Digital product catalogues
are provided using various media and formats and several initiatives are taken by the industry and by
CAD developers to integrate this ...
Keywords: Collaborative Design, Product Data Modelling, Concept Modelling, Distributed Object
Model, Semantic Web.
Abstract: This paper presents an overview of a computer-based site layout model and focuses primarily on
the project setup phase. The developed model has four modules: user interface, database, project module, and
layout module. Setting up the project in the proposed model is carried out by the project module, utilizing open
architecture concept. The ...
Keywords: CAD tools, Construction sites, Model design, Open architecture, Site layout planning
Abstract: To support automation and robotisation for construction, there are many requirements.
A very basic one is the availability of the information about the building or structure to be constructed.
The information may include the design of all the specialties in the building. The format of the
geometry of the building elements should be ...
Keywords: Multidisciplinary design; design integration; design for automation
Abstract: Aiming at the rule-based recognition system for architectural structure drawings, this paper presents a
sample-based method that will automatically extract the geometric features of architectural objects and convert the
features into recognition rules. When users designate the first sample of one type of objects, this method automatically
analyzes and extracts the features useful ...
Keywords: Rule acquisition, architectural structure drawing, self-adapting recognition, construction component
Abstract: When we change a configuration by displacing or removing one object in it, desired adjustment
of related objects usually follows established relational conventions. If, for instance, we displace a wall in which
a window is found, we will expect the window to remain in the wall. At the same time we expect ...
Keywords: Design, Emergent behavior, Dominance relations, bi-directional editing
Abstract: This paper describes the first results of an R&D project Intelligent Bridge carried out in Finland. The aim of the project is to develop new methods for 3-D design of concrete bridges and further
connect and bring the design models to the source information of site measurements. A new design concept ...
Keywords: Concrete Bridge Design, 3-D CAD, 3-D Measurements, 3-D Laser Scanners
Abstract: Numeric road construction processes and their parts are today developed worldwide. This paper
describes research in Finland, which is conducted with companies using national technology funding in a
research and development project entitled Intelligent Road Construction Site. In its entirety, four public
research projects and two product development projects are today ongoing. One ...
Keywords: road construction, automation, 3-D CAD, 3-D measurements, 3-D machine control systems
Abstract: This paper describes the first results of R&D project "Intelligent Street" carried out in Finland.
The aim of the project is to develop new measuring and design methods and tools for street design and
construction. Usability and accuracy of laser scanning technology was tested in field-tests done in Itäreimarintie
street pilot in Helsinki ...
Keywords: Street Design, Street Construction, Laser Scanning, Accuracy, Reliability
Abstract: The increased use of prefabricated components, the complexity of new building shapes, and the
speeding up of production in construction, demand an efficient and precise dimensional control. Meanwhile
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) increasingly supports construction, among others, CAD
systems and Total Stations, are being used for the purpose of dimensional control. In ...
Keywords: CAD Systems, Dimensional Control, Prefabricated Concrete, Total Stations, UML
Abstract: In the present modern construction industry there is a growing acceptance for automation. Not
only while the human need for it is growing or whatsoever, but also while the living environment in general is
increasingly involved with automation-processes and equipment. See e.g. ICT-developments like mobile
phones, internet, computers, household-appliances, etc. These daily tools ...
Keywords: Automation, Construction business, Environment, Humanization, Technology
Abstract: The best sustainable urban development strategy of another country cannot just be copied. Strategies
can only be adapted into a real economic, social, political, legislation/regulation and provision situation of the
existing state. There is no such thing as a single sustainable urban development strategy to suit all societies and
that could be applied ...
Keywords: Decision Support Web-Based Systems, Multiple Criteria Analysis, Sustainable Urban Development
Abstract: A characteristic of the building sector is that different actors (responsible for design,
production, construction, use) are separated by markets. Those markets hide a lot of information. As
an example the production costs of prefabricated concrete elements are considered. One market
strategy of a production unit of those components can be to search ...
Keywords: Industrial, Flexible and Demountable (IFD), Building System, Activity Based Costing, Life cycle costing
Abstract: In a construction project, although the completion day of the project is clearly decided, construction schedule is often changed by the weather or the actual progress situation of the project. Therefore, when a difference arises between present state and the master schedule, it is necessary to adjust the construction schedule ...
Keywords: Distributed System, Dynamic Scheduling, Parts and Packets Unified System Architecture, Production Process
Abstract: The paper presents a video-sensitive virtual interface used in technological process controlling.
The control panels are substituted by this graphical system, with all advantages that can be focused from there.
In robotic control are involved many controlling instruments and whole this set can be implemented with some
virtual controls such as below description. ...
Keywords: Robotics, Interface, Programming Language, Image, Virtual, Microcontroller, Sensitive
Abstract: This study endeavors to focus on developing an evaluation method for comparative analysis of
process performance before and after reengineering. Business Process Reengineering (BPR) is a relatively recent
concept that has stemmed from management and computer science roots. Process performance evaluations are
crucial to managers in identifying the benefit of new process after ...
Keywords: Business Process Reengineering, Performance Evaluation, Queueing Theory, Process Value
Abstract: Over the last 40 years ever more sophisticated computer hardware and commensurate developments in software have enabled much design to be computerised. More recently systems integration has allowed software to automatically pass data from package to package. This has effectively automated elements
of the design process.
As with all developments there have ...
Keywords: automation, computerised design, de-skilling, education, IT, process integration, training, skills
Abstract: Industrialization is the aggregation of a large market to divide into infinitesimal fractions the
investment in a technology capable of simplifying the production of complex goods and therefore reducing the costs.
Simplification is the goal. Whenever the first four degrees of Industrialization, Prefabrication / Mechanization /
Automation / Robotics, transfer the tasks from ...
Keywords: Industrialization, Reproduction, Performance criteria, Technology matrix, Process-Product Interaction
Abstract: This paper proposes a method of pose (position and orientation) fitting of construction components
in a construction site for automated handling based on the relation between components (parts) and their
information (packets). Robots can acquire the required information of the component via the environmentattached
storages, such as RFID devices. When an ID reader ...
Keywords: Automated Handling, Pose Fitting, ID devices, Radio Frequency Identification
Abstract: Most past attempts to deal with the unique challenges facing mobile construction robots have involved tasks such as position finding, local mapping, and automatic calibration. It was found that the combination of numerous small errors, such as incorrect positioning of the robots carriage or inaccuracy in
interpreting the environment, with minor ...
Keywords: CCD, Construction-robot, Laser, Real-time, Sense-and-act, Tile-setting.
Abstract: The primary objective of this research is to realize an adaptable online architectural virtual reality
(VR) model whose color attributes can be changed dynamically according to the identified emotional state of the
user. We believe that the current approach to developing electronic based design environments is fundamentally
defective with regard to support for ...
Keywords: Emotion-Response, Virtual Reality Model, Color Adaptation
Abstract: This paper presents a new construction method based of modular buildings. In this new method,
the buildings are to be assembled from their modules using automatic means such as robots or/and automated
cranes. A Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) architecture has been proposed to achieve the modular
construction covering all aspects from the design ...
Keywords: 3D animation, crane simulation, robot programming language, modular building, CI
Abstract: Construction work needs in many cases human sense and decision, and consist in combination of
every task and machine. In this aspect it must be effective that an operator can proceed a project while she/he is
managing and operating tasks and several machines at a site with just-in-time accurate decision by means ...
Keywords: Wearable Cockpit, Augmented Reality (AR), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Embedded System, Wearable Computer, Project Control
Abstract: This study explores the application patterns of an auto-stereoscopic display (ASD) in architecture.
An ASD set-up is exemplified to serve computer supported collaborative works (CSCW) and construction needs.
The system is applied to both geometry- and image-based VR contents. A DTi 18.1 ASD is used for content
illustration of still images and videos.
Keywords: auto-stereoscopic display (ASD), 3D display, VR
Abstract: Project planning is an essential task of project management that is taught in most undergraduate
and postgraduate programmes within universities. However unlike in engineering or other technological areas,
students in the management of engineering projects will probably not have the opportunity during their study to
test and employ the concepts they have learned ...
Keywords: Construction, Management Game, Planning, Simulation
Abstract: Developing three dimensional models of infrastructure and construction in progress can be useful
for designing modifications, for tracking work completed, and for facilitating advanced equipment control and
safety functions. An emerging 3D modeling method involves scanning scenes with laser ranging devices. The
resulting dense or sparse point clouds are converted to primitive geometric ...
Keywords: rapid, 3D modeling, primitives, merging
Abstract: The application of 3D and 4D CAD software is considered to be able to offer possibilities for
more consistent project documentation and visualisation, which should eventually enable fail cost reduction. 4D
software is seen as a tool for project organisers and project team members to better communicate and analyse
schedule information.. In this ...
Keywords: 4D CAD, construction, simulation
Abstract: Feasibility studies must cover different disciplines such as need-based feasibility, technological
feasibility and economical feasibility. In the present work a comprehensive feasibility analysis model for the use of
robots in performing construction tasks is presented. This model is mainly focussed on the need analysis in order to
present criteria for decision making. The ...
Keywords: Robots, Automation, Feasibility analysis, The AHP Process, Safety, Risk Assessment, Simulation
Abstract: The selection process for a suitable programming environment for construction robotic systems
should satisfy a range of requirements identified from both a users and systems point of view. In the present work
two different object-oriented programming environments are chosen for comparison, namely MATLAB as an
example of text-based programming and LabVIEW as iconic-based ...
Keywords: Robotics, Software, AHP, Decision-making
Abstract: Real-time monitoring during soil compaction can be made possible by utilizing the vibration
signature of a vibratory roller compactor. The compactor and soil constitute a coupled dynamic system, albeit
complex and nonlinear. As the soil density increases and its mechanical properties change, the dynamic response
of the compactor will change. Developing a thorough ...
Keywords: Soil Compaction, Health Monitoring, Soil Vibration, Soil-Machine Interaction
Abstract: This paper describes a model which has been developed for the purpose of assessing major risks
associated with various pile foundation types and their resulting financial consequences. The work is based on a
review of possible geotechnical sources of risks encountered during the placing of pile foundations. Both
literature and experts are used ...
Keywords: Risk model, Geotechnical design, Pile foundations
Abstract: The foundations of buildings in urban environments are very often piled ones. During earth
moving works the sides of digging area have to be supported by sheet pile walls to maintain constant earth
pressure conditions against existing foundations. The piles and sheet piles are very often driven by vibratory
methods, in which case ...
Keywords: Vibratory pile driving, ground vibrations, fluid power systems
Abstract: A number of piles should be driven into the ground by a hammering process in order to make the
ground under the structure safe and strong when construction companies build a high structure such as building and
bridges. It is essential to determine whether piles are penetrated into the ground enough to ...
Keywords: No keywords
Abstract: This paper describes the experiences relating to transmission of digital video information from an
on-board video camera of inspection wall climbing robots. The decoder is modified in the proposed
transmission scheme. The main difference with the conventional scheme is an interaction of the reference frame
with the post-processing. If video coding and post-processing ...
Keywords: Mobile Construction Robot, Building Inspection, Digital Video Information, Post-Processing Algorithm
Abstract: A robotic system is designed for the express purpose of facilitating timely maintenance of the
external walls of high-rise buildings, including inspection and cleaning. This paper addresses the application of a
selected method of non-destructive inspection (NDI) to assess the quality of bonding of the tile-wall in such
buildings. The basis for checking ...
Keywords: High-rise buildings, Nondestructive inspection, Robotic maintenance
Abstract: Over the last several decades, many concrete tunnels have been constructed on roads, highways,
and railways. For safety in concrete tunnels, periodic inspections have been conducted using nondestructive
testing technologies and techniques. However, non-destructive test cannot replace the visual inspection due to
their slow and complicated procedures. For this reason, they have been ...
Keywords: Crack, Inspection System, Tunnel Lining, Tunnel Safety
Abstract: In diagnosing air-conditioning pipe deterioration, it is especially important to inspect screwed parts
because their original thickness is thinner than that of straight parts and it is comparatively easy for leakage to
occur if there is local internal corrosion. Usually, a radiographic test is used, but this method requires a licensed person ...
Keywords: Surface SH Wave, Screwed Part of Pipes, Ultrasonic Test, Estimation of Corrosion States
Abstract: With funding from the NorthEast Gas Association (NGA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE)
and NASA, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has developed Explorer, a long range, un-tethered, modular
inspection robot for the visual inspection of 6 and 8 natural gas distribution system pipelines. The robot can be
launched into the pipeline under live ...
Keywords: gas pipeline, robot, inspection, wireless, untethered, segmented, modular, live operation.
Abstract: Construction managers need to access the real construction site to manage the construction
project. They have recently handled various types of digital information such as drawings, specification,
checklists and daily reports. They usually use sheets of paper and/or field notes. As a result, a gap in time and
space between the outdoor construction ...
Keywords: mobile computer, personal digital assistants, input and output device, construction site, inspection, monitoring
Abstract: Todays information exchange in managing projects are to a great extent supported by
information technology. Especially mobile computing potencials can significantly improve the information
exchange in construction. This paper addresses some important mobile computing potencials which can help
tackle project collaboration and information dissemination problems. Special attention is given to the
organizational and mobility ...
Keywords: construction site, mobile computing, project communication
Abstract: To improve the availability of reliable information on an arbitrary location in or outside a
construction project and to exchange information faster, more efficient and in an interactive way HBG developed the
UPIA-device. With this handheld device location based information can be generated on site and can be used
interactive by reliable and ...
Keywords: GPS, information management, location related data, portable computers, position interface, product model database, support systems for monitoring
Abstract: Electronic construction information portals have become popular in recent years but most portals
are intended for business transaction processing. This paper describes a web-based construction information
portal (e-Portal) intended for use by construction engineers. A functional framework for the portal is presented
along with a 4-Tier architecture including the Presentation Layer, Application Layer, ...
Keywords: e-Commerce, e-Portal, 4-Tier architecture, Construction Engineering and Management
Abstract: Over the past decades, construction firms have been using several off-the-shelf
telecommunications services to provide the communication means necessary to their mobile personnel on the
jobsite. Despite this the traditional telecommunication systems are nowadays offering a wider range of services
to the construction industry, but they are still considered expensive and inflexible. This ...
Keywords: IP Telephony in construction sites; construction sites communications; mobile computing in construction; ICT; VoIP; IPTCS Framework
Abstract: This paper presents the design of an XML-based document flow management system, called XDFM
(XML-based Document Flow Management), for increasing efficiency in processing documents in
construction projects. X-DFM provides four services via Web Services: the document flow services, content
management services, authorization services, and message services. The document flow services are designed
based on ...
Keywords: document flow management, content management, system integration, Web services, XML
Abstract: The 1990s have seen a technological shift in the construction sector from IT driven solutions to
IT enabling ones.
Not only IT companies but also construction companies are continually investing, evaluating and focusing on
new technologies to create collaborative spaces among different participants geographically dispersed and to
share information among partners in the design ...
Keywords: Construction Project Management, Platforms, Web services
Abstract: Construction projects are composed of a large number of contractors, subcontractors, and
suppliers that comprise the project supply chain. Construction supply chain management as a field of study
concerns itself with improving the coordination of these firms to improve project performance along various
metrics such as speed, cost, reliability, quality, etc. In order ...
Keywords: Supply Chain Management; Information Sharing; Construction Industry
Abstract: In AEC each participant of a construction project (designer, the constructor, etc) takes part in
many other projects and each of these groups of participants are probably working in collaborative spaces. What
happens then, when for instance the designer must hold as many collaborative spaces as projects he carries on?
In the construction ...
Keywords: guidelines, extranets, document management
Abstract: New technology often drives organisational changes. The influence of Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) on modern business is enormous. ICT not only supports improvements in the
primary process but, for example, also enables better planning and much improved logistics. Here
communication technology is equally or even more important than information processing itself.
In the ...
Keywords: e-Business, e-Procurement, e-Ordering, project webs, document management, workflow management, knowledge management
Abstract: In construction, failure of design professionals to consider how a builder will implement the
design can result in scheduling problems, cost escalation, delays and disputes during the construction process.
The integration of construction knowledge and experience during planning and design is termed here as
constructability. Though many design professionals in the Netherlands may ...
Keywords: Constructability, construction planning, construction process, design process, process model, urban construction project
Abstract: Risk management in construction encompasses four main phases; risk identification,
quantification, mitigation and control. Risk identification has been recognized as the most crucial phase of a
successful risk management program. This paper briefly describes a model, designed to automate the risk
identification process. The model facilitates the development of an electronic checklist of ...
Keywords: Risk identification, risk management, construction management
Abstract: Construction management education, like most education and indeed, most things, is changing
rapidly. There is a move towards student centred learning which is intended to allow students to gain knowledge
at their own pace and develop transferable skills during the course of their education.
In Construction Project control is an essential task of ...
Keywords: Construction; Management Games; Project Control, Simulation
Abstract: Planning in the construction industry, as is well known plays an important part in the successful
outcome of a project. How a task has to be dealt with and with which tools is part of the engineers work load and
it is in their responsibility to assure that this planned work is ...
Keywords: Construction equipment, Performance, Labour risks, Minimal impact, Multi-criteria analysis.
Abstract: In this paper an approach for the throughput evaluation of the construction manufacturing
systems is presented. The throughput is evaluated with a heap-based algorithm for the Petri nets model of the
construction systems. The Petri nets model is a stochastic one, and the firing rate of the transitions are calculated
with Markov chains ...
Keywords: Stochastic Petri nets, Markov chains, system availability, heaps of pieces
Abstract: More than 200 capital facility projects from across the U.S. have been assessed on the issue of technology usage at the work function level and overall project cost and schedule success. Work functions
(WFs) that may leverage project cost and schedule performance were identified. The analyses suggested that degrees of technology ...
Keywords: Project Success; Technology Utilization; Work Function; Work Function Characteristics
Abstract: This paper will propose to investigate results obtained from automated measuring process control of temperature in cement fabrication with the simulation modeling by probability distribution functions and conducted at yield goodness of fit results.
The simulations results enable the comparison with the data obtained by automated real-time project process data which ...
Keywords: Distribution, functions, modeling, probability, simulation
Abstract: The conceptual estimate plays an essential role in project feasibility study. In practice, it is performed based on
estimators experiences. However, due to the inaccuracy of cost estimate, budgeting and cost control are planned
inefficiently. In order to increase the estimate accuracy, this study employed the Evolutionary Fuzzy Neural
Inference Model (EFNIM) to ...
Keywords: Conceptual Estimate, Fuzzy Theory (FT), Genetic Algorithm (GA), Neural Network (NN), Order of Magnitude Estimate
Abstract: The profit of Construction Industry has been tremendously reduced for recent years in Taiwan. In
order to survive in this difficult environment, Management becomes the key issue to achieve companys target.
We need a powerful tool that can help us to handle complicate process such as estimation, bidding, purchasing
and site-management in the ...
Keywords: Cash Flow, Construction Management, Daily Report, Object Oriented, Site-Management
Abstract: Information technology (IT) that is achieving astounding progress has been applied to rationalize
construction project management and is expanding the potential for the automation and use of robots in
construction work. But the development of IT based systems has often resulted in cases where it is difficult for
multiple systems to share electronic ...
Keywords: Construction Work, Construction Information System, Data Exchange, Data model, Data Exchange Standards
Abstract: The Building and Fire Research Laboratory of the National Institute of
Standards and Technology, in cooperation with the Fully Integrated and Automated
Technology (FIATECH) consortium, sponsored a workshop on data exchange standards at
the construction job site in May 2003. The purpose of the workshop was to investigate the
problem of exchanging sensor data ...
Keywords: construction automation, intelligent job site, construction sensors, LADAR, data exchange standards
Abstract: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is the latest high-end solution information technology has
lent to business application. Enterprise resource planning systems are highly complex information systems. The
implementation of these systems is a difficult and high cost proposition that places tremendous demands on
corporate time and resources. Many ERP implementations have been classified as ...
Keywords: Enterprise resource planning; Construction Industry; Critical success factors
Abstract: As a result of the rapid advance of information technology (IT) and development of CALS/EC in
recent years, the MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport) and other organizations that order public
works projects now deliver the results of survey and design work and completed work drawings as electronic
data and can now ...
Keywords: CALS/EC, Maintenance and Management, Sharing Information, Electronic Delivery
Abstract: Reliable and timely information describing up-to-date performance is a prerequisite for effective
management of construction. Existing methods for on-site data collection are labor-intensive, subjective, and the
data are frequently available only after activities have been completed. Monitoring of the main lifting equipment
on construction sites can provide real-time, low-cost and objective data for ...
Keywords: Automated data collection; Building project model; Construction cranes; Project control
Abstract: Practically, the effective management of subcontracting selection within a construction
project has been regarded as one of the critical factors for achieving project success. This study takes
advantage of IT initiatives of e-commerce to combine with the use of electronic information exchange
standards Java XML (extensible markup language) to propose a push-strategic and ...
Keywords: E-Commerce, Intelligent Agent, Subcontract, XML
Abstract: In order to improve the efficiency of construction management, a new methodology-Beauty is
presented to develop translatability for construction BPR (Business Process Reengineering) and ERP (Enterprise
Resource Planning) by using ARIS (Architecture of integrated Information Systems) and UML (Unified Modeling
Language) tool. The Beauty method includes four phases that inclusive of business process ...
Keywords: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP); Business Process Reengineering (BPR); ARIS; Unified Modeling Language (UML)
Abstract: Building projects which are build in the Dutch Industrial, Flexible and Sustainable (IFD) Building
programme usually focus on the design of the project and the application of prefabricated parts. Though this is
indeed an important factor in IFD-projects, the paper supports the idea that successful IFD projects rely on three
aspects: An industrialised ...
Keywords: Industrial Building, Configuration Management, Comakership, Sustainable Building, CAD, Databases
Abstract: Over the years, the art of block laying has been an important factor in building construction.
Different cultures and construction experts have developed various styles, giving values to block laying.
The major problem in block laying has been traced to the poor productivity of the masons. This has really
hindered the construction time ...
Keywords: Axis; Chucking; Console; Drive; Sensing; Stroke
Abstract: The development of the Kapla® window frame means a breakthrough in the timber window
frame market in the Netherlands. This development is a typical example of a combined process and product
innovation, a joint project with the relevant branch organizations. The success of the Kapla® window frame
proved that the methodology developed works ...
Keywords: Building System, Window Frames, Multidisciplinary Design