Potential of big visual data and building information modeling for construction performance analytics: An exploratory study

Kevin K. Han, Mani Golparvar-Fard

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Abstract

The ever increasing volume of visual data due to recent advances in smart devices and camera-equipped platforms provides an unprecedented opportunity to visually capture actual status of construction sites at a fraction of cost compared to other alternatives methods. Most efforts on documenting as-built status, however, stay at collecting visual data and updating BIM. Hundreds of images and videos are captured but most of them soon become useless without properly being localized with plan document and time. To take full advantage of visual data for construction performance analytics, three aspects (reliability, relevance, and speed) of capturing, analyzing, and reporting visual data are critical. This paper 1) investigates current strategies for leveraging emerging big visual data and BIM in construction performance monitoring from these three aspects, 2) characterizes gaps in knowledge via case studies and structures a road map for research in visual sensing and analytics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-198
Number of pages15
JournalAutomation in Construction
Volume73
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

Keywords

  • Big visual data
  • Construction progress monitoring
  • Images
  • Point cloud
  • Quality control
  • Videos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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