Date of Award

4-2013

Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering

Department

Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Abiola Akanmu

Second Advisor

Dr. Osama Adubayyeh

Third Advisor

Dr. Upul Attanayake

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Despite the benefits of building information models as a means of communication, collaboration and integration in construction projects, their use is often limited to the design and tendering/bidding stage. Potential of building information models lies in its implementation during construction, operations and maintenance phases of a facility’s lifecycle. Tight Integration of building information model and physical facility by means of computational resources is required to achieve this potential such that changes in one environment are automatically reflected in the other. This is termed a cyber-adaptive physical systems approach. This research investigates the applicability of a cyber-adaptive physical systems approach in the construction industry. Suitable technologies and limitation of existing approaches was determined by brief literature review and three prototypes were developed for automated component status tracking, asset tracking in constructed facilities and automated progress tracking using earned value management. The benefits of these systems include access to real-time progress information for quick decision making and the potential for enhancing real-time collaboration between the job site and main office. These prototypes were also tested for reliability in different case-studies.

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