Recent Research Projects

Improving Productivity and Safety of Highway Construction Projects Using Near Real-Time Simulation

2014/15-2018/19 • $120,000 • PI
Highway infrastructures in North America are approaching, or have surpassed, their service life. As a result, an intensive amount of reconstruction work is expected on existing highways. Therefore, selecting the best construction method and the optimum number of equipment and crews is necessary....

Advanced system for heightened situational awareness and risk management in construction projects

2017/18-2018/19 • $104,666 • PI,CO
The goal of this project is to improve the safety, efficiency, and accountability of large construction projects. Such projects are very complex, involving expensive heavy equipment and human resources, and typically very difficult to manage. We propose to design and develop a decision-support...

Development of Semantic BIM for Supporting UAV-Based Reality Capture for Facilities Management Applications

2017/18 • $25,000 • PI
Reality capture (RC) of constructed facilities (e.g. buildings) is an important step towards developing reliableas-is models that can be used for facilities management. Traditionally, these models are developed based ondesign drawings and/or surveying data of the facilities. However, design...

Application of Computer Vision for Detecting Equipment on Construction Sites

2016/17 • $25,000 • PI
The construction sector is notorious of having the largest number of fatalities and accidents among allindustrial sectors. A large percentage of these accidents are caused by collisions between equipment andworkers or other objects. Therefore, it is important to track equipment and workers on...

Integrating wireless data capture technologies with construction and infrastructure management systems

2010/11-2013/14 • $76,000 • PI
Construction and infrastructure management requires collecting and integrating huge amount of information about all the lifecycle phases including design, construction, operation, inspection and maintenance. The ability to collect and access this information in real time would provide great...

Omnidirectional image tracking for live and accurate augmented reality engineering applications

2012/13 • $25,000 • PI
Augmented reality (AR) is a visualization method in which virtual objects are aligned with the real world and the viewer can interact with the virtual objects in real time. Using a variety of 3D modeling, tracking, user interaction, rendering and display techniques, AR enhances users' immersion...