Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering


Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Yufeng Hu

Second Advisor

Dr. Jiansong Zhang

Third Advisor

Dr. Jun-Seok Oh

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This research aims to visualize a steel structural design to: (1) analyze its constructability, and (2) support collaboration between project participants at the planning stage. The visualization uses Building Information Modeling (BIM) and game engine simulation to develop a realistic interactive simulation for constructability analysis. A case study experiment was conducted on visualizing the erection process of a steel structure to facilitate the understanding of needed construction operation. The simulation incorporated construction domain knowledge through various entity components and predefined interaction rules. Results showed that through such a visualization method, field operation can be observed in real-time at the planning stage to achieve constructability analysis objectives that is going to help with: (1) knowledge and information sharing among project participants, (2) decision making in a timely manner, and (3) workers’ education and training in field operation environment.