D4AR-A 4-dimensional augmented reality model for automating construction progress monitoring data collection, processing and communication

Golparvar Fard Mani, Peña Mora Feniosky, Silvio Savarese

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Early detection of actual or potential schedule delay in field construction activities is vital to project management. This entails project managers to design, implement, and maintain a systematic approach for construction progress monitoring to promptly identify, process and communicate discrepancies between actual and as-planned performances. To achieve this goal, this research focuses on exploring application of unsorted daily progress photograph logs available on any construction site as a data collection technique. Our approach is based on computing-from the images themselves-the photographer's locations and orientations, along with a sparse 3D geometric representation of the as-built site using daily progress photographs and superimposition of the reconstructed scene over as-planned 4D models. Within such an environment, progress photographs are registered in the virtual as-planned environment and this allows a large unstructured collection of daily construction images to be sorted, interactively browsed and explored. In addition, sparse reconstructed scenes superimposed over 4D models allow site images to be geo-registered with the as-planned components and consequently, location-based image processing technique to be implemented and progress data to be extracted automatically. The results of progress comparison between as-planned and as-built performances are visualized in the D4AR (4D Augmented Reality) environment using a traffic light metaphor. We present our preliminary results on three ongoing construction projects and discuss implementation, perceived benefits and future potential enhancement of this new technology in construction, in all fronts of automatic data collection, processing and communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-153
Number of pages25
JournalElectronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • 3D site progress analysis
  • Augmented reality
  • Construction field imagery
  • Image processing
  • Progress monitoring
  • Structure from motion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Computer Science Applications


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