2009 Proceedings of the 26th ISARC, Austin TX, U.S.A.

Turning Points in Construction

Thomas Bock
Pages 3-9

Socio-technical changes lead to new opportunities. Robots are customizing the industrialized mass production of non/manufacturing industries. Robots ameliorate adverse working and offer better living conditions during demographic changes in societies. Ultimately autonomous systems and robotics could reduce ecological footprint during extreme environmental conditions.

Keywords: automation, autonomy, industrialization, infra free, robotics, socio technical systems

Managing Data from Instrumentation in the CEDEX Test Track

Javier Perez Ayuso, Belen Cadavid Jauregui, Angel Mateos
Pages 13-22

One of the main objectives of the Test Tracks is to determine the structural response of the pavements under particular load and environmental conditions.

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Stability Monitoring System Implementation for "Rural Mare Retezat" Dam

Susana Arad, Victor Arad, Joel Veres and Timotei Neiconi
Pages 23-29

To avoid the hazards which can affect the construction stability, it is imposed to control the risk factors which can occur because of the geo-mechanical parameters modification in mass's rock and body dam's rock.

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An Advanced Wireless System for Emergency Management in Hospitals

Angelo Biscotti, Sara Spadoni, Berardo Naticchia and Alessandro Carbonari
Pages 30-37

This paper reports preliminary results achieved during the experimentation of a new real time localization system, especially designed in support of hospitals’ emergency management. This system represents the first step of a wider ongoing research project, carried on by the authors in collaboration with the academic spinoff company Smart Space ...

Keywords: RTLS; wireless communication; disaster response; emergency management.

Development of an Automated Safety Assessment Framework for Construction Activities

Seokho Chi, Carlos H. Caldas
Pages 38-46

This paper presents an ongoing research project concerning the development of an automated safety assessment framework for earthmoving and surface mining activities. This research seeks to determine data needs for safety assessment and investigates how to utilize collected data to promote more informed and efficient safety decision-making. The research first ...

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A Proactive System for Real-time Safety Management in Construction Sites

Alessandro Carbonari, Berardo Naticchia, Alberto Giretti and Mario De Grassi
Pages 47-54

The purpose of this paper is presenting a new advanced hardware/software system, boasting two main features: first it performs real time tracking of workers’ routes in construction sites; then it implements an algorithm for preventing workers to be involved in hazardous situations. This research step is part of a wider ...

Keywords: UWB tracking system; health and safety in construction; virtual fencing; automated monitoring

Development of Warning System for Preventing Collision Accident on Construction Site

Soungho Chae
Pages 55-60

This paper describes the development of a personal warning system for preventing construction site accidents involving workers and heavy equipment. The required functions were established on the basis of a past accidents model. The system was designed to send a warning via wireless from a server computer to a worker ...

Keywords: Safety management, Collision accident, Warning, RFID, Wireless device

Detecting and locating leaks in Underground Water Mains Using Thermography

Mohamed Fahmy, Osama Moselhi
Pages 61-67

Water systems all over the world experience water losses. Leakage is the most common reason of water loss. Problems associated with water main leaks are a growing concern around the globe. These problems include water and energy loss, in addition to considerable properties damage. In current practice, not all water ...

Keywords: Water pipelines; Thermography; Water Leak detection; Failure investigations

Development of Digital Photo System Using RFID Technology In Plant Construction Management

Hatori Fumio, Yoshimura Yasushi, Ebata Shinichi
Pages 68-75

We have studied the applicability of RFID tags and developed systems to provide clear work traceability to streamline administrative task in the construction work of a plant. Our test results indicate that RFID tags can be used effectively for these purposes. We have developed a method for effectively proving whether ...

Keywords: Material management, progress management, IC tag, digital camera

Human Motion Analysis Using 3D Range Imaging Technology

Ray Gonsalves, Jochen Teizer
Pages 76-85

Human motion analysis and tracking are a significant research area in the domain of computer vision. Existing systems of today focus on detection of human targets by analyzing their movements in order to recognize the different activities performed by them. Our research work mainly focuses on using detection and tracking ...

Keywords: Range Image Processing, Real-Time, Safety, Detection, Tracking, Surveillance, Star-Skeleton Model, Construction Work Zone

Integrating Automated Data Acquisition Technologies for Progress Reporting of Construction Projects

Samir El-Omari, Osama Moselhi
Pages 86-94

Controlling construction projects necessitates controlling their time and cost in an effort to meet the planned targets. Management needs timely data that represent the status of the project to take corrective actions, if needed. This paper presents a control model that integrates different automated data acquisition technology to collect data ...

Keywords: 3D laser scanning, photogrammetry, RFID, Tablet PC, Bar Coding progress reporting, data acquisition, automation

An Analytic Model Combining Monte Carlo Simulation and PSO in Estimating Project Completion Probability of Project Durations and Costs

Henyi Jen and Yu-chiun Chen
Pages 95-100

Project uncertainties are always the reason of project delay or budget overrun. Especially in tight schedule or project crashing, it is hard to balance both project duration and costs. Past research focused on the optimal schedule and costs, without knowledge of its on-time, within-budget completion risk. This research provides an ...

Keywords: Time-cost trade-off problem, PSO, Monte Carlo Simulation, Probability Matrix

Bridge Construction Progress Monitoring Using Image Analysis

Changyoon Kim, Hyoungkwan Kim, Yeonjong Ju
Pages 101-104

Construction progress monitoring is a critical task for construction managers. Traditionally, site superintendents walk the construction site to verify the progress report and understand the current state of construction processes. To get rid of the time consuming process, this research proposes a construction progress monitoring system comprised of a network ...

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Resource Management in Civil Construction Using RFID Technologies

Changyoon Kim, Yeonjong Ju, Hyoungkwan Kim and Jung-Hoon Kim
Pages 105-108

Large amount of construction resources and their scattered locations in a civil construction site make it extremely difficult for project managers to effectively utilize the resources. In order to manage construction resource effectively, a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology was used in this research. RFID tags for metallic objects were ...

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RFID-Assisted Lifecycle Management of Building Components Using BIM Data

Ali Motamedi and Amin Hammad
Pages 109-116

The AECOO industry is highly fragmented; therefore, efficient information sharing and exchange between various players are evidently needed. Furthermore, the information about facility components should be managed throughout the lifecycle and be easily accessible for all players in the AECOO industry. BIM is emerging as a method of creating, sharing, ...

Keywords: RFID, Lifecycle Management, BIM, Construction Automation

Development of Object Detection Technology Using Laser Sensor for Intelligent Excavation Work

Ji-Yune Soh, Junbok Lee, Choong-Hee Han
Pages 117-125

The demand for the development of intelligent construction equipments is increasing gradually to deal with the current problems of construction technology such as lack of skilled workers, aging of engineers, safety issues, etc. Especially, earth work such as excavation is very machine-dependent, and there have been many researches on the ...

Keywords: Sensing, Laser Sensor, Backhoe Excavator, Automation, Safety Management

Research on Automated Project Performance Control: An Update

Ronie Navon
Pages 126-128

Project performance control normally requires massive manual data collection – the more detailed the required control information, the more labor intensive the data collection must be. Hence, the cost of collecting the data and generating the information is high and the quality, integrity and real-time availability are low. Our proposition, ...

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3D Measuring and Marking System for Building Equipment: Developing and Evaluating Prototypes

Shintaro Sakamoto, Hiroki Kishimoto, Kouetu Tanaka and Yukiteru Maeda
Pages 131-138

The measuring work has been done manually with the scales in the construction of building equipments. We have been studying a 3D measuring and marking system using a total station to increase accuracy and decrease workload. One feature is the pointing device for measuring indirectly the hidden areas which cannot ...

Keywords: Building Equipment, 3D Position Measuring and Marking System, Total Station, Position Sensitive Detector

Time and Cost Evaluation of Construction of Steel Framed Composite Floor with Precast Concrete Floor Structure

U. D. Dabhade, N.A.Hedaoo, Dr. L. M. Gupta and Dr. G. N. Ronghe
Pages 139-148

The present scenario in India, particularly in metro cities has restricted the horizontal growth, which led to the vertical growth for building construction. Today, fast track construction is a rapidly growing economy, brings rising costs and therefore time saving in construction can compensate significant proportions of the overall construction cost. This paper ...

Keywords: Composite floor construction; Post-tensioned composite beam; Precast Concrete floor; Time scheduling; Cost evaluation;

Development and Application of a Systematic Innovation Procedure for Construction Technology

Wen-der Yu, Chih-Ming Wu and Teen-wei Huang
Pages 149-159

Technology innovation has been recognized as a main driver for the advancement of construction industry. Due to the lack of systematic innovation procedure, the advancement of construction technologies has been slow compared with the other industries, e.g., ICT and Biotech Engineering. This paper proposed a Systematic Technology Innovation Process (STIP) ...

Keywords: Technology innovation, patent analysis, TRIZ, process model

A Spatiotemporal Approach to Managing Utility Work Schedules

Chien-Cheng Chou, Yi-Ping Chen and Chien-Ming Chiu
Pages 160-168

As more and more utility installation and/or maintenance activities are located in highly congested urban roadways, frequent pavement utility cuts in such areas may cause more traffic disruption as well as deteriorate pavement life and quality. Utility owners normally need to obtain permits from public road authorities before commencing utility ...

Keywords: Pavement, Utility cut, Utility permit, Spatiotemporal objects database, Temporal database

Social Network Analysis of Collaborative Entries for Construction Firms in International Construction Projects

Heedae Park, Woo Yong Jeong and Seung Heon Han
Pages 169-175

The current global construction market is growing tremendously largely due to globalization of world construction markets, rapid development of world-wide communication technologies, extensions of regional Free Trade Blocks, just to name a few. Korean companies, in search for a growth from the recession of domestic construction market, have expanded into ...

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Prediction of Diaphragm Wall Deflection in Deep Excavations Using Evolutionary Support Vector Machine Inference Model (ESIM)

Min-Yuan Cheng and Yu-Wei Wu
Pages 176-182

Problems in deep excavations are full of uncertain, vague, and incomplete information. In most instances, successfully solving such problems depends on experts' knowledge and experience. The primary object of this research was to propose an "Evolutionary Support Vector Machine Inference Model (ESIM)" to predict wall deformation in deep excavation in ...

Keywords: SVM, fmGA, Diaphragm Wall; Excavation; Deflection

Construction Scheduling Optimization by Simulated Annealing

M. König and U. Beißert
Pages 183-190

The process of generating optimized schedules for construction projects is a very time-consuming. For each construction task several execution restrictions, conditions and requirements such as technological dependencies or resource availabilities have to be considered. This leads to a multitude of possible execution orders and consequently to a hard optimization problem. ...

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Beyond Knowledge Management Platform: Design of Organizational Controls in Managing Knowledge

S. P. Ho, Y. Hsu, E. Lin
Pages 191-198

Knowledge has emerged or been regarded as the most strategically significant resource of the firm. From the resource-based view (RBV), the integration of individuals' specialized organizational capability through knowledge management (KM) has been considered crucial to the creation and sustainability of competitive advantages. Recently, KM has drawn immense attentions from ...

Keywords: Knowledge management, Knowledge sharing, Organizational controls, Game theory, Case study.

Applying Neural Network Ensemble Concepts for Modelling Project Success

Yu-Ren Wang, Yi-Jao Chen and C.F. Jeffrey Huang
Pages 199-205

Researchers have been studying early planning process since the early 1990's and results from these researches suggest that projects with more early planning efforts are more likely to succeed. This study intends to employ neural networks to build credible models linking preproject planning and project success. Preproject planning status as ...

Keywords: Preproject Planning, Project Success, ANNs Model

A Research Model for Architectural Meetings to Support the Implementation of New Building Technologies through Collaboration of Brainpower

Frans J.M. van Gassel, Ger J. Maas and Johanna E.M.H. van Bronswijk
Pages 206-212

Implementing new technologies in the domain of "Robotics and Automation in Construction" is necessary to enhance the values for clients and society. The technologies are available but implementing them is the coming challenge. Building technologies are not used exhaustively or intelligently. In the manufacturing industry of complex products collaboration of brainpower ...

Keywords: building technologies, architectural meetings, collaborative brainpower

A social capital perspective to innovation management in construction

Remy D. van der Vlies and Ger J. Maas
Pages 213-219

State-of-the-art products commonly outperform construction products that are used in day to day building practice. Also construction products appear to have a diffusion curve that differs from consumer products, slower at first, more rapid later. The social capital theory helps us to understand why certain actors are able to get ...

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A Framework of Critical Resource Chain in Project Scheduling

S. S. Liu and K. C. Shih
Pages 220-226

To analyze a schedule is beneficial to understand and organize a project. Project schedules, in which time plans are created based on the Critical Path Method (CPM) or on Resource-Constrained Project Scheduling Problem (RCPSP) optimization, are targets herein. According to the concepts of the Theory of Constraints (TOC), a schedule ...

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Monitoring and Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Construction Equipment Using Wireless Sensors

Yong-Seon Lee, Mirosław J. Skibniewski, Won-Suk Jang
Pages 227-234

The construction industry alone produced approximately 1.7% of total U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2002. This is equivalent to 6 percent of the total U.S. industrial-related greenhouse gas emissions. GHG emissions from construction equipments on project sites are highly variable. Standardized method with accuracy and reliability is needed for ...

Keywords: web-based system, greenhouse gas (GHG), construction equipment, wireless sensor, trading center

Light-weight 3D LADAR System for Construction Robotic Operations

Yong K. Cho, Diego Martinez
Pages 237-244

This paper presents an on-going research on a light-weight 3-dimensional (3D) laser distance and ranging (LADAR) system development at the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) in University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The developed LADAR can be readily applied to several construction applications related to automated or robotic tasks, mobile robot navigation, reverse engineering, ...

Keywords: 3D scanner, LADAR, laser, visualization, robotics, construction automation, error

Experimental evaluation of a robotic bolting device in steel beam assembly

Kyungmo Jung, Youngsu Chu, Baeksuk Chu, Daehie Hong, Shinsuk Park, Myo-Taeg Lim, Yongkwun Lee, Sung-Uk Lee, Kang Ho Ko and Min Chul Kim
Pages 245-251

This paper deals with a robotic system for the steel beam assembly task in building construction. Applying the robotic system on the steel beam assembly, we pursue such advantage as improving safety for workers and reducing construction period and cost. The robotic bolting device suggested in this paper has a ...

Keywords: Construction robot, bolting, steel beam assembly, robotic bolting device

FPGA-Based Real-Time Color Tracking for Robotic Formation Control

Ying-Hao Yu, N. M. Kwok, Q. P. Ha
Pages 252-258

In construction automation, the tracking of worker location or a moving object is important for labor monitoring, resource management, and machine coordination. For object tracking, a camera is often utilized to obtain information of construction vehicle motion which can then be employed in coordination controls. Real-time tracking of autonomous vehicles, ...

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Computer-aided Methods for Operations Planning

Peter D.P. Böttcher
Pages 259-265

In order to enable the use of semi-automatic and automatic operations for production on building sites, operations must be planned in advance and controlled on the basis of the planning. In a current research project funded by the Federal Republic of Germany, a method is being developed, which supports the computer-aided ...

Keywords: knowledge management, planning of construction projects, economic, workflow

Basic Study of Smart Robotic Construction Lift For Increasing Resource Lifting Efficiency in High-Rise Building Construction

Chang-Yeon, Cho; Soon-Wook, Kwon; Junbok Lee, Suk-Jun,You Sang-Yoon-Chin and Yea-Sang, Kim
Pages 266-277

Most high-rise buildings are erected in downtown areas, where on-site storage space for construction materials is typically insufficient due to limited spaces. Just-In-Time (or JIT) concept has been adopted so that necessary stock materials and storage spaces can be reduced; for high-rise buildings, however, transporting materials vertically using lifts still ...

Keywords: Smart Lift, Robotic Construction Lift, High-rise building construction, operation optimization, concept model

Work State Identification using Primitive Static States – Implementation to Demolition Work in Double-Front Work Machines

Mitsuhiro Kamezaki, Hiroyasu Iwata and Shigeki Sugano
Pages 278-287

Double-front construction machinery, which has been designed for adaptation to complicated work, demands higher operational skills to control two manipulators with more multiple joints. To handle more complicated machinery skillfully, intelligent systems that can autonomously identify the current work states and also provide cognitive and operational supports to their operators ...

Keywords: Construction machinery, Intelligent system, State identification, Operator support

Basic Technology toward Autonomous Hydraulic Excavator

Hiroshi Yamamoto, Masaharu Moteki, Hui Shao, Takashi Ootuki, Humihiko Kanazawa, Yoichi Tanaka
Pages 288-295

Civil engineering construction work has always been accompanied by a high proportion of tasks that are either dangerous or unpleasant or both. Enhancing the general working environment and boosting safety levels are critical issues for the industry. Meanwhile, the industry has been slow to embrace IT, and there is substantial ...

Keywords: execution technology, information technology, robot technology, hree-dimensional information, construction equipment

Automation in the Prefab and Modular Construction Industry

Joseph Neelamkavil
Pages 299-306

The construction industry at-large is dominated by numerous small and specialized sub-contractors who typically are not technologically advanced enough to embrace automation. The sector that represents factory built housing (the modular, prefab, panelized, precast, etc.) is an exception. Since the products are built in factories, the principles of mass production ...

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Development of a Heuristics-based Task Planning System for Intelligent Excavating System

Seungsoo Lee, Jeonghwan Kim, Jinwoong Park, Jongwon Seo, Youngsuk Kim
Pages 307-316

A research consortium called 'Intelligent Excavation System (IES)' has been formed in Korea with the support of the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs of Korea. The final goal of this research consortium is to develop a robotic excavator that can improve the productivity, the quality, and the safety ...

Keywords: Intelligent Excavating System (IES), Task Planning System (TPS), Heuristics, Simulation, Earthwork

Development of a Control System for a Multipurpose Road Repairing Machine

Pekka Kilpeläinen, Mika Jaakkola, Pauli Alanaatu
Pages 317-324

In this paper an automatic control system for a multipurpose road pavement repairing machine (ROADMOTO) is introduced. ROADMOTO machine is equipped with asphalt milling drum and two asphalt spreaders. The old wearing course of the road is heated and milled. Asphalt spreader in the middle of the machine is used ...

Keywords: Automation, pavement repairing machines, hydraulic control systems

Measurement of the International Roughness Index (IRI) Using an Autonomous Robot (P3-AT)

Jia-Ruey Chang, Yung-Shuen Su, Tsun-Cheng Huang, Shih-Chung Kang, Shang-Hsien Hsieh
Pages 325-331

In this paper, we test whether an autonomous robot can be used to measure the International Roughness Index (IRI), a description of pavement ride quality in terms of its longitudinal profile. A ready-made robot, the Pioneer P3-AT, was equipped with odometers, a laptop computer, CCD laser, and a SICK laser ...

Keywords: Pavement, Smoothness, International Roughness Index (IRI), Autonomous Robot, ProVAL

Design of second-order sliding mode controllers for MR damper-embedded smart structures

H. Dalvand, H. T. Nguyen, Q. P. Ha
Pages 332-340

This paper presents the design of second-order sliding mode controllers for semi-active control using magneto-rheological (MR) dampers. The approach can be useful in applications involving shock absorbers but here our main concern is the suppression of building vibrations induced by dynamic loadings such as earthquakes or strong winds. The MR ...

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Motion Control of Excavator with Tele-Operated System

Dongnam Kim, Kyeong Won Oh, Daehie Hong, Yoon Ki Kim, Suk-Hie Hong
Pages 341-347

The number of dismantling sites for buildings has been rapidly increased and these processes are very dangerous. So many research papers have been published addressing the development of a remote controller for the dismantling equipments. In this paper, a novel concept of applying tele-operated device is proposed for the remote ...

Keywords: Haptic Device, Excavator, Inverse Kinematics, Dismantling Process, Hydraulic System

On-line Process Management of Pavement Laying Using Wireless Communication Technologies

Viljamaa E., Kilpeläinen P., Pentikäinen V., Sarjanoja E-M., Heikkilä R.
Pages 348-356

The research goal has been synchronizing the process of asphalt production, asphalt transportation and pavement laying by connecting different machines together using wireless technologies. Sensors and GPS positioning units were installed to the machines for measuring process variables (e.g. mass temperature) and detecting events (e.g. loading, unloading). The first prototype ...

Keywords: Automatic data collection, pavement laying, process management, wireless communication

Application of Appropriate Technologies to 3D Local Terrain Modeling in Real-time for Intelligent Excavating System (IES)

Byung-In Yu, Hyun-seok Yoo , Young-suk Kim, Jong-won Seo and Seungwoo Han
Pages 357-364

Automation in construction is considered as one of solutions to fundamental problems which the construction industry has confronted. The development of real-time 3D local terrain modeling is the core methodology of achievement of IES (Intelligent Excavating System) which is a mega-size research concerning automation in construction. Stereo vision technique was ...

Keywords: automation, stereo vision, 3D, terrain model

Optimum Control of Vibratory Piling Process

Michel Cotsaftis, Erno Keskinen
Pages 365-371

A difficult task in densely constructed urban areas is to proceed to new extensions or to unavoidable repairs without creating damages to existing buildings. The method so far is to isolate the worked zone by sheet piles to maintain constant earth pressure conditions against existing foundations. But even if they ...

Keywords: Vibratory Piling, Sheet Piling, Ground Vibrations

Rapid 3D Object Modeling Using 3D Data from Flash LADAR for Automated Construction Equipment Operations

Hyojoo Son, Changwan Kim and Yoora Park
Pages 372-378

Automated recognition and modeling of 3D objects located in a construction work environment that are difficult to characterize or are constantly changing is critical for autonomous heavy equipment operation. Such automation allows for accurate, efficient, and autonomous operation of heavy equipment in a broad range of construction tasks by providing ...

Keywords: 3D object modeling; 3D object recognition; construction automation, construction heavyequipment, flash LADAR, range image segmentation

Development of Automated Inspection Robot and Diagnosis Method for Tile Wall Separation by Wavelet Analysis

F. Inoue, S. Doi , T. Okada, Y. Ohta
Pages 379-388

This paper describes the development of an automated inspection robot for detecting tile deterioration and a new diagnostic method for determining its existence and extent. The robot moves quickly along a vertical wall and stops to detect a tile's inner condition using a hammering sound. Tile separation commonly comprises outer ...

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Construction Automation Process Development – Advancing the Collaboration between Finland and California

Rauno Heikkilä, Ty A. Lasky, Kevin Akin
Pages 389-396

This paper presents the total process model of automation for construction and maintenance, with a focus on roads and bridges. This multi-phase model includes: initial measurements, product modeling and design, construction control and machine guidance, quality assurance and control, and lifecycle operations and maintenance. The paper then provides detailed discussion ...

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Optimal Manipulation Trajectory and Laying Pattern Generation Algorithm for Handling Robot

S. H. Lee, S. N. Yu, S. J. Lim, B. G. Ryu, C. S. Han
Pages 397-404

The conventional brick handling such as road paving site, building construction site is allocated to the construction workers. Since these kinds of tasks are obviously labor-intensive and tedious, there have been many approaches to the automation at the construction site. However, the automation of the block-laying task still has several ...

Keywords: Brick Laying Pattern Algorithm, Manipulation Trajectory Generation Algorithm, Brick-laying, Brick-paving, Mobile Robot

An Overview of Autonomous Loading of Bulk Material

Ahmad Hemami and Ferri Hassani
Pages 405-411

Autonomous loading implies a fully automated scenario in which automated excavating machines, such as front-loaders, load themselves from a heap of bulk material and deliver to the dumping site. The process comprises all the functions of loading, navigating, obstacle detection and avoidance and unloading to be automated and controlled by ...

Keywords: loading, automated, autonomous, excavation, autoloading

Path Re-planning of Cranes Using Real-Time Location System

Cheng Zhang, Amin Hammad and Homam AlBahnassi
Pages 412-419

The numbers of reported accidents related to cranes are increasing during the past 10 years. Although simulation and visualization software are available for path planning of cranes, the high dynamic characteristics of on-site conditions often require re-planning the crane’s path to ensure safety and efficiency. Any unpredicted objects on site ...

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Robot-aided Tunnel Inspection and Maintenance System

J. C. González, S. Martínez, A. Jardón and C. Balaguer
Pages 420-426

This paper describes an innovative alternative to manual procedures for the application of carbon fiber and resin injection in concrete surfaces in tunnels. It is based on a specially designed light-weight integrated tool for automatic application of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) and epoxy resin injection. Vision and laser telemeter sensing ...

Keywords: Robotic automation, Robotic tool design, Tunnel maintenance, Concrete inspection, HMI

A Data Fusion Model for Location Estimation in Construction

S.N.Razavi and C.T.Hass
Pages 429-436

Materials tracking is a key element in a construction materials management system. Deploying a costeffective, scalable, and easy to implement materials location sensing system in real world construction sites has very recently become technically and economically feasible. The evident drawback of the current costeffective and scalable systems is lack of ...

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Computational Models for Reduction of Quarry Waste for Breakwater Construction Projects

Venkateswara Rao Surati, Koshy Varghese, K. Senthilnathan
Pages 437-444

Construction of Breakwater requires large volumes of appropriately graded rock. Geological characteristics and blasting practices at the quarry determine the gradation of the quarried rock. If the gradation of quarried rock does not meet design requirements, there is wastage of quarried rock or additional cost to reprocess it to meet ...

Keywords: Breakwater rock demand, Quarry yield, Blasting parameters, Spreadsheet, Genetic Algorithms

Integrating 5D Product Modelling to On-Site 3D Surveying of bridges

Teemu Kivimäki, Rauno Heikkilä
Pages 445-450

In this paper a new process integrating 5D product modelling and 3D on-site surveying for bridge construction is presented. This enables faster and less error prone surveying session preparations, fluent communication of design plans between survey teams, design office and other parties related to the construction project. A prototype system ...

Keywords: 5D, product modelling, surveying, on-site, real-time

Mining knowledge management strategies from the performance data of cop

Wen-der Yu, Shih-ting Lin, Shen-jung Liu, Pei-lun Chang
Pages 451-459

Knowledge community of practice (CoP) is a popular approach for knowledge management implementation in construction organizations including contractors and A/E firms. In order to evaluate and improve the performance of the knowledge CoPs, quantification methods for performance measurement were proposed in previous researches. Profound implications may be inferred from the ...

Keywords: Knowledge Management; Data Mining; Consulting firm; Performance Measurement, Strategy planning

A Component-based Approach for Generation of 3 Dimensional CAD Models Using a Construction MODEL Component Database

Hung-Ming Chen and Yi-Chi Chu
Pages 460-467

In recent years, three-dimensional visualization technologies have been researched and applied for aiding the operations of design, planning, construction, etc. in construction engineering. A three-dimensional (3D) CAD model of a targeted facility or construction project is a requirement. Due to the uniqueness and custom features of construction products, their 3D ...

Keywords: database; Visualization; 3D model; CAD; Virtual Construction

A 3-dimensional Visualized Approach for Maintenance and Management of Facilities

Hung-Ming Chen and Yu-Hsiang Wang
Pages 468-475

The maintenance and management of facilities is an emerging issue. Decisions on maintenance-related works usually are made based on various types of accumulated historical data, such as design drawings, inspection records, sensing data, etc. There are systems for storing and maintaining such maintenance-related data electronically in database. However, the data ...

Keywords: Visualization; Maintenance; Management; Facility; 3D Model

Workflow Re-engineering for Implementing a 4D Construction Management Tool in a Design-Build Project

Meng-Han Tsai, Abdul Matin Md, Shih-Chung Kang, Shang-Hsien Hsieh
Pages 476-482

The use of 4D management tool in construction industry has been growing rapidly in recent years in response to soaring demands on efficient construction management. Successful implementation of this tool in an engineering firm for use in real projects is still challenging. This paper shares the experience on implementing an ...

Keywords: 4D management tool, design-build, workflow.

Service-Oriented Integrated Information Framework for Next Generation Intelligent Construction Supply Chain Management

Tae-Hong Shin, Sangyoon Chin, Su-Won Yoon, Yea-Sang Kim, Soon-Wook Kwon and Cheolho Choi
Pages 483-491

It is essential to perform an effective construction supply chain management in large-scale building construction projects. Since 2006, this research consortium has conducted a research project, named Next generation Intelligent Construction Supply chain management (NICS), that develops a process and a system that support an proactive construction supply chain management ...

Keywords: Information Management, SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture), Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Information Technology, Construction Management

Automated Building Information Modeling System for Building Interior to Improve Productivity of BIM-based Quantity Take-Off

Seong-Ah Kim, Sangyoon Chin, Su-Won Yoon, Tae-Hong Shin, Yea-Sang Kim and Cheolho Choi
Pages 492-496

Recently Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been widely used to manage building information throughout the project life-cycle more effectively and efficiently. Particularly in quantity take-off and estimation, BIM-based process is getting more and more attention, and even BIM-based quantity take-off at the most detailed level has been performed in several ...

Keywords: Building Information Modeling (BIM), Three-dimensional CAD model, Quantity Take-off

Automation of ROAD Maintenance - Development of a Roughness Measurment System for the Quality Control of Gravel Roads

Jussi Seppä and Rauno Heikkilä
Pages 497-504

The main goal of this research was to develop an automatic roughness measurement system for quality control of grovel roads.

Keywords: acceleration sensor, gravel road, roughness measurement, wierless data transfer

Impact of Fast Automated Tracking of Construction Components on Labor Productivity

David Grau, Carlos H. Caldas, Carl T. Haas, Paul M. Goodrum,Jie Gong
Pages 505-511

Even though the fundamental importance of construction components in any given project, industry practices still solely rely on the human ability to individually control thousands of these components on the field. This lack of automation frequently results in critical errors that negatively affect project cost and schedule. Recently, though, the ...

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Evolutionary Fuzzy Hybrid Neural Network for Conceptual Cost Estimates in Construction Projects

Min-Yuan Cheng, Hsing-Chih Tsai, Erick Sudjono
Pages 512-519

Conceptual cost estimates are important to project feasibility studies, even the final project success. The estimates provide significant information for project evaluations, engineering designs, cost budgeting and cost management. This study proposes an artificial intelligence approach, the evolutionary fuzzy hybrid neural network (EFHNN), to improve precision of conceptual cost estimates. ...

Keywords: Construction Cost, Conceptual Estimates, Genetic Algorithm, Fuzzy Logic, Neural Network, High Order Neural Network, Hybrid Neural Network

K-means clustering and Chaos Genetic Algorithm for Nonlinear Optimization

Cheng Min-Yuan, Huang Kuo-Yu
Pages 520-526

To reduce the computational amount and improve estimation accuracy for nonlinear optimizations, a new algorithm, K-means clustering with Chaos Genetic Algorithm (KCGA) is proposed, in which initial population are generated by chaos mapping and refined by competition. Within each iteration of this approach, in addition to the evolution of genetic ...

Keywords: Chaos; optimization; K-means clustering; Genetic Algorithm

An Object-oriented Framework for Spatial Interpolation

Yo-Ming Hsieh, and Mao-Sen Pan
Pages 527-534

Interpolation is an important operator in numerical methods for solving partial differential equations and in geospatial applications. There are many interpolation methods proposed in the past. In this work, a unified software framework is proposed through the use of design-patterns in object-oriented programming. By using this framework, little effort is ...

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Sparse Reconstruction and Geo-Registration of Site Photographs for As-Built Construction Representation and Automatic Progress Data Collection

Mani Golparvar-Fard, Feniosky Peña-Mora and Silvio Savarese
Pages 535-543

Most of the current techniques for automating progress data collection promise to eliminate laborintensive tasks associated with manual data collection. A drawback is the necessity to add additional steps to be performed before, during, or after utilization of such technologies. Working with such featureless data and without having semantic information ...

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Rich Knowledge Parametric Tools for Concrete Masonry Design Automation of Preliminary Structural Analysis, Detailing and Specifications

Andres Cavieres , Russell Gentry and Tristan Al-Haddad
Pages 544-552

Our research focuses on how new computational tools and design methods can support the design process of masonry buildings. Specifically we discuss the potential of parametric modeling technologies to promote innovation by embedding knowledge on masonry construction as both generative rules and checker functions. Their goal is to inform designers ...

Keywords: BIM, Knowledge-Based Design; Parametric Modeling, Masonry Building Design

Framework to Improve Mobile Robot's Navigation Using Wireless Sensor Modules

Diego Martinez, Yong K. Cho
Pages 553-561

As on-going research, this paper presents a framework to improve wireless mobile robot’s navigational accuracy in diverse indoor environments where the signals are affected by various types of interference including electromagnetic, multi-path, and fading and scattering. In particular, indoor construction environments pose unique challenges to accurate wireless navigation due to ...

Keywords: mobile robot, navigation, dead reckoning, kalman filter, wireless sensor, error

Dynamic Simulation for Assessment of Impact of Highway Lane Closure on Traffic

Seokyon Hwang
Pages 562-569

Improvement of existing highway systems, such as maintenance, rehabilitation, and reconstruction, is accompanied with lane closure at work zones. Such lane closure causes road user costs for traffic congestion and delays at the work zones. A robust method is developed in this research to support strategic decisionmaking on lane closures. ...

Keywords: Highway, Reconstruction, Lane closure, Congestion, Delay, Simulation

Assessment of Performance Metrics for Use of WSNs in Buildings

Won-Suk Jang and William M. Healy
Pages 570-575

This paper is part of an effort to develop measurement systems and methods to better predict the performance of wireless sensor and control networks in building applications. Because of the variability in application requirements, the development of measurement methods to assess the performance of wireless sensor networks in buildings is ...

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Contour Crafting Process Planning and Optimization

Jing Zhang, Behrokh Khoshnevis
Pages 576-583

Contour Crafting is an emerging technology that uses robotics to construct free form structures by repeatedly laying down layers of material such as concrete. The Contour Crafting technology scales up the additive fabrication process from building small industrial parts to constructing buildings. Tool path planning and optimization for Contour Crafting ...

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Information Strategy Planning in Construction: Framework and Processes

Boong Yeol Ryoo, Soo Yong Kim, Young Dai Lee
Pages 584-590

The intended objective of ISP is to develop a comprehensive plan for integrated systems development. Thus, Information Strategy Planning (ISP) is the first step in order for general contractors in the construction industry to introduce Information technology (IT) to their business and project management. Due to a lack of understanding ...

Keywords: Information Strategy Planning (ISP), System Integration (SI), software Development Methodologies, Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)