Feasibility analysis on the use of NLP-based schedule analytics for 4D project planning and controls

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Abstract

4D (3D + time) building information modeling (BIM) brings important benefits to the practice of project planning and controls in construction. Despite well-documented benefits, the level of technical effort necessary to create 4D BIM by manually tying in BIM elements with schedule activities has been a significant barrier to its wider adoption. To address it, this paper explores the possibility of identifying <object, location, responsible party, means&method> in each schedule activity based on ASTM's Uniformat classification and then automatically mapping it to the most relevant BIM elements in its corresponding work location. Specifically, the feasibility of training a transformer-based natural language processing model to infer Uniformat classification of a schedule activity is explored. Results from testing the proposed model on four real-word project schedules show the potential for a path forward toward automated 4D BIM creation. Insights from the performance of this model and a path forward for model improvements are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputing in Civil Engineering 2023
Subtitle of host publicationData, Sensing, and Analytics - Selected Papers from the ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering 2023
EditorsYelda Turkan, Joseph Louis, Fernanda Leite, Semiha Ergan
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Pages42-50
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780784485224
DOIs
StatePublished - 2024
Externally publishedYes
EventASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering 2023: Data, Sensing, and Analytics, i3CE 2023 - Corvallis, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2023Jun 28 2023

Publication series

NameComputing in Civil Engineering 2023: Data, Sensing, and Analytics - Selected Papers from the ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering 2023

Conference

ConferenceASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering 2023: Data, Sensing, and Analytics, i3CE 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCorvallis
Period6/25/236/28/23

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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