Recent Publications

Fundamentals and Prospects of Four-Legged Robot Application in Construction Progress Monitoring

Progress monitoring in the construction industry is mostly a manual process through in-person visual inspection and it leads to inconsistent, time-consuming, labor-intensive, and error-prone data acquisition. The key in progress monitoring is accurate, timely, and regular data collection and analysis during the construction process. Automating the process of regular data collection in progress monitoring can enable systematic recording of construction progress.

BIM-enabled facilities operation and maintenance: A review

Building Information modeling (BIM) has the potential to advance and transform facilities Operation and Maintenance (O&M) by providing a platform for facility managers to retrieve, analyze, and process building information in a digitalized 3D environment. Currently, because of rapid developments in BIM, researchers and industry professionals need a state-of-the-art overview of BIM implementation and research in facility O&M. This paper presents a review of recent publications on the topic.

A framework of developing machine learning models for facility life-cycle cost analysis

Machine learning techniques have been used for predicting facility-related costs but there is a lack of research on developing machine learning models for the complete life-cycle cost (LCC) analysis of facilities. This research aims to systematically investigate the feasibility of forecasting facilities' LCC by implementing machine learning on historical data. The authors propose a comprehensive and generalizable framework for developing facility LCC analysis machine learning models.

Introduction to cyber-physical systems in the built environment

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) imply interconnected physical and digital systems, in which the digital twin serves as a medium to visualize, simulate, manifest, observe, and control the physical built environment. The physical and digital twins of CPS are reciprocally connected and synchronized in real time through interconnected sensors and actuators. The key potential of CPS is the infinite horizon it opens for data analytics that can be performed on the digital twin’s sensory input.

Applications of Collaborative Industrial Robots in Building Construction

Abstract: The use of automation and robotics has demonstrated numerous advantages in many industries including manufacturing. Similarly, it is expected that robotic technology plays a key role in achieving a successful construction project. Industrial robots have been used widely in production in a variety of applications in the automotive or manufacturing industry. Industrial robots are large and powerful robots but because of safety concerns for humans who work around the machines, these robots are supposed to be put into a cage during their operations to address safety concerns.