Fan Xue

Fan Xue
The University of Hong Kong | HKU · Department of Real Estate and Construction

Doctor of Philosophy
Digital twin building (DTB) 🏠🏚️ and city (DTC) 🌁🏙️

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Introduction
Frank ( https://frankxue.com ) has an interdisciplinary background in Automation (BEng), Computer Science (MSc), Industrial and Systems Engineering (PhD), and Construction Management (PostDoc/RAP). He is currently an Assistant Professor with the University of Hong Kong (HKU). His research interests include: (1) Urban semantics and computing, (2) Optimization algorithm, (3) Machine learning, (4) Urban sensing, (5) Applied blockchain, and (6) AEC software.
Additional affiliations
July 2019 - present
The University of Hong Kong
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
July 2016 - July 2019
The University of Hong Kong
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
November 2014 - July 2016
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
September 2007 - July 2012
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Field of study
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering

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Publications (126)
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[Free PDF:🌐 https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1fIQhcUG5OuM6 🌐] Every windowed room has a view, which reflects the visibility of nature and landscape and has a strong influence on the health, living satisfaction, and housing value of inhabitants. Thus, automatic accurate window view assessment is vital in examining neighborhood landscape and optimizi...
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A COVID-19 outbreak occurred in May 2020 in a public housing building in Hong Kong – Luk Chuen House, located in Lek Yuen Estate. The horizontal cluster linked to the index case’ flat (flat 812) remains to be explained. Computational fluid dynamics simulations were conducted to obtain the wind-pressure coefficients of each external opening on the e...
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Timely and accurate recognition of construction waste (CW) composition can provide yardstick information for its subsequent management (e.g., segregation, determining proper disposal destination). Increasingly, smart technologies such as computer vision (CV), robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) are deployed to automate waste composition reco...
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Onsite assembly is a critical stage for modular construction. Its success or failure depends on accurate information sharing among numerous stakeholders who, unfortunately, often possess unsynchronized information. Owing to its decentralized consensus mechanism, blockchain has the potential to improve information-sharing accuracy on construction si...
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Quantifying truck-loaded materials is a problem in many industrial operations. In construction and demolition waste (CDW) management, inspectors at disposal facilities are often required to measure the amount of different waste components loaded by incoming trucks to determine admissibility. Due to the bulky and mixed nature of construction materia...
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Configuring a trustworthy Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled building information modeling (BIM) platform (IBP) is significant for modular construction to ensure transparency, traceability, and immutability throughout its fragmented supply chain management. However, most current IBPs are designed adopting a centralized system architecture, which fail...
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Traditionally, construction managers were considered more experienced in project management than off-site production management, although the latter is gaining importance with the renaissance of modular construction worldwide. Various Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled Building Information Modelling (BIM) platforms have been developed to facilitate p...
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Many cross-knowledge domain tasks involving various professional backgrounds have been transferred from construction sites to factories in modular construction (MC). In MC, forming optimal work packages which can handle the complexity of product breakdown structures and dynamic project progress is critical for task planning and execution. However,...
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This research aims to develop a multi-criteria decision matrix (MCDM) for project management (PM) professionals, which will support blockchain type selection, evaluate blockchain platforms, and plan blockchain systems. The MCDM is substantiated through a case study that includes a questionnaire and an illustrative example pertinent to the construct...
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The built environment closely relates to the development of COVID-19 and post-disaster recovery. Nevertheless, few studies examine its impacts on the recovery stage and corresponding urban development strategies. This study examines the built environment’s role in Wuhan’s recovery at the city block level through a natural experiment. We first aggre...
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Construction businesses expanding internationally often need to devise corporate social responsibility (CSR) as an indispensable component of their competitive strategies. Companies will customize their CSR programs to be in line with host countries’ institutional environments. Meanwhile, this customization will be unavoidably influenced by the ins...
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A smart contract is a protocol that can self-execute when predefined conditions are met. This new technology is considered destructive and can transfer the construction industry. In Blockchain 2.0, the combined use of blockchain and smart contracts allows users to express business logic to achieve more advanced transactions. This research aims to c...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has great impacts on the whole world. Construction industry is no exemption. However, to what extent has the pandemic influenced the construction industry has not been fully investigated. This paper aims to quantitatively analyze such impacts in Hong Kong and Singapore, which are two international cities high dependent on the...
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The advent of Building Information Model (BIM) has established a new paradigm of project management. BIM contains more and more information generated with the evolution of projects. Most of the information in BIM is organized in an object-oriented way. Thus, the unit of information management is every single component in BIM. The name of every comp...
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A view is among the critical criteria in an architectural design process. Presently, it is assessed by conventional site observation, labour-intensive data collection, and manual data analysis before designing a building mass, plan, façade, openings, and interior space. City Information Model (CIM), with its capabilities to store, visualize, and an...
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The construction industry is encountering management issues, such as low efficiency, inadequate regulation and enforcement, absence of good coordination and knowledge sharing, and ineffective billing practices. Blockchain is also gaining momentum as a part of the digital transformation in the construction area and response to various challenges. Si...
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Building information modeling (BIM) has been widely used as the information hub for collaborations and has increasingly been mandated in the construction industry over the past decade. From the information perspective, there have been three BIM-based exchange paradigms: (i) file-based, (ii) cloud-based, and (iii) blockchain-based. Digital twin (DT)...
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The realization of Modular Construction (MC) is impeded by several barriers, e.g., initial investment, logistics constraints, and negative perception. Design, a profoundly creative process to alleviate difficulties in the built environment, is prospected to enhance this construction method. Under this circumstance, many guidelines, recommendations,...
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[Free PDF until Oct 2021: https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1dbPQ,LlFPCdLK ] Reliable construction waste generation data is a prerequisite for any evidence-based waste management effort, but such data remains scarce in many developing economies owing to their rudimentary recording systems. By referring to several models proposed for estimating waste...
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Window view is an intimate medium between occupants and nature, especially in high-density cities like Hong Kong; and thus belongs to the quality of a house or apartment. In literature, researchers found that window views of nature are vital to the occupants’ physical and psychological health and productivity improvement. Understanding the view sit...
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The Hong Kong government has implemented the Construction Waste Disposal Charging Scheme since 2006 to promote construction waste recycling among contractors. Under the scheme, in addition to the conventional approach of disposing construction waste at landfills, contractors are given the alternative options of dumping pure inert waste and waste wi...
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Building information modeling (BIM) of cultural heritages, i.e., historic building information modeling (HBIM), advances the monitoring, maintenance, restoration, and virtual exhibitions of historical buildings. However, due to the elaborate styles and the unavoidable erosion and renovation, the reconstruction of HBIM from the prevalent raw data, s...
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Nowadays, building information modeling (BIM) plays a crucial role in project collaboration. BIM information should be freely exchanged among different stakeholders for the purpose of collaboration. With the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), there are many novel data exchange methods for BIM information exchange. Howeve...
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Blockchain can be regarded as a distributed database that records transaction data in a shared manner. This new technology is considered destructive and can transfer many data-driven industries, including construction. On the other hand, as one of the necessary measures to ensure quality, progress, and safety, construction inspection records still...
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Blockchain technology has attracted the interest of the global construction industry for its potential to enhance the transparency, traceability, and immutability of construction data and enables collaboration and trust throughout the supply chain. However, such potential cannot be achieved without blockchain "oracles" needed to bridge the on-chain...
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In the era of big data, data is increasingly driving the construction waste management (CWM) for minimizing the impacts on the environment and recycling construction materials. However, missing data, led by various information barriers, often undermines the decision-making and hinders effective CWM. This paper applies aggregated behavior-based Mach...
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Recent technological advancements in geomatics and mobile sensing have led to various urban big data, such as Tencent Street View (TSV)photographs; yet, the urban objects in the big data have hitherto been inadequately exploited. This paper aims to propose a pedestrian analytics approach named Vectors of Uncountable and Countable objects for Cluste...
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[Free PDF: 🌐 https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1d6LZ14Z6thNxF 🌐] Estimating the composition of construction waste is crucial to the efficient operation of various waste management facilities, such as landfills, public fills, and sorting plants. However, this estimating task is often challenged by the desire of quickness and accuracy in real-life scena...
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Blockchain technology has been explored for governmental supervision of construction work (GSCW) due to its merits of traceability, immutability, and transparency. However, its decentralized nature is seemingly incompatible with GSCW, which is a type of centralized governance per se. This research aims to find a network topology with a proper level...
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[Free PDF: 🌐 https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1c~tz3IhXMpsEg 🌐] The rapidly expanding number of IoT-based camera devices makes smart work packaging (SWP) easier to access massive construction workers’ personal image information for occupational health and safety (OHS) status monitoring. SWP can then transmit these personal data to the cloud for train...
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[Free PDF: 🌐 https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1crUX3HVLKkr~9 🌐] Prefabrication has long been recognized as a green production technology to minimize construction's adverse environmental impacts such as waste, noise, dust, and air pollution. Previous studies reported the effects of prefabrication on construction waste minimization. However, these stu...
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[Free PDF: 🌐 https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1c~kG3IhXMpsBF 🌐] Tower crane scheduling is a classic conundrum. It is further complicated to prevent collisions and reduce idle transportation time among multiple overlapping tower cranes. Unlike previous research attempts, this study aims to provide an optimal solution to this multiple-crane service sch...
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This paper presents a deep learning-based point cloud processing method named FloorPP-Net for the task of Scan-to-BIM (building information model). FloorPP-Net first converts the input point cloud of a building story into point pillars (PP), then predicts the corners and edges to output the floor plan. Altogether, FloorPP-Net establishes an end-to-...
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This research is positioned in the growing need for Building Information Modelling (BIM) localization to effectively use global BIM resources in a locality. It focuses on BIM objects, which are not only the primary ‘building blocks’ of modelling but also the fundamental elements conveying the BIM information. The problem here is that BIM objects fr...
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Illegal dumping refers to the unauthorised disposal of waste in public or private land, which impacts on the surrounding environment. In literature, many studies on minor offences focused on qualitative methods such as questionnaire surveys, of which the findings might be confined to social expectation bias, small sample size, questionnaire design...
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Construction waste contains inert (e.g., construction debris, rubble, earth, bitumen, and concrete) and non-inert materials (e.g., bamboo, plastics, wood, paper, and vegetation), while it is often a combination of the two when it is generated at source. The bulk density of construction waste is the yardstick information for many subsequent waste ma...
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By manufacturing housing products off-site and assembling on-site, modular construction can significantly improve the housing supply efficiency, particularly for high-density cities. However, off-site modular housing production (OMHP) supervision is currently problematic. The production parties are reluctant to provide detailed private data; Even w...
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There are various scenarios challenging human experts to judge the interior of something based on limited surface information. Likewise, at waste disposal facilities around the world, human inspectors are often challenged to gauge the composition of waste bulks to determine admissibility and chargeable levy. Manual approaches are laborious, hazardo...
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Coarse registration of 3D point clouds plays an indispensable role for parametric, semantically rich, and realistic digital twin buildings (DTBs) in the practice of GIScience, manufacturing, robotics, architecture, engineering, and construction. However, the existing methods have prominently been challenged by (i) the high cost of data collection f...
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Prefabricated housing construction (PHC) will be widely recognized as a contributor to consumption reduction and sustainability enhancement if inherent drawbacks (e.g., fragmented management, poor connectivity) can be addressed efficiently. The promotion of advanced information and communication technologies (ICT) has triggered the evolvement of sm...
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Although the value of 3D point cloud data (PCD) has been increasingly recognized by the architectural, engineering, construction and facility operations (AECO) sectors, there is much less actual application of PCD in facility management (FM) than other stages. In order to facilitate the exploration of using PCD for FM, this study aims to summarize...
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Building Information Models (BIMs) and City Information Models (CIMs) have flourished in building and urban studies independently over the past decade. Semantic enrichment is an indispensable process that adds new semantics such as geometric, non-geometric, and topological information into existing BIMs or CIMs to enable multidisciplinary applicati...
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Purpose Augmented reality (AR) has become one of the most promising technologies in construction since it can seamlessly connect the physical construction environment and virtual contents. In view of the recent research efforts, this study attempts to summarize the latest research achievements and inform future development of AR in construction....
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Blockchain can be regarded as a distributed database that records transaction data in a shared manner. This new technology is considered destructive and can transfer many data-driven industries, including construction. On the other hand, as one of the necessary measures to ensure quality, progress, and safety, construction inspection records still...
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Building information modeling (BIM) of cultural heritages, i.e., historic building information modeling (HBIM), advances the monitoring, maintenance, restoration, and virtual exhibitions of historical buildings. However, due to the elaborate styles and the unavoidable erosion and renovation, the reconstruction of HBIM from the prevalent raw data, s...
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[Outstanding Paper Award] Window view is an intimate medium between occupants and nature, especially in high-density cities like Hong Kong; and thus belongs to the quality of a house or apartment. In literature, researchers found that window views of nature are vital to the occupants’ physical and psychological health and productivity improvement....
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[Merit Paper Award]. The Hong Kong government has implemented the Construction Waste Disposal Charging Scheme since 2006 to promote construction waste recycling among contractors. Under the scheme, in addition to the conventional approach of disposing construction waste at landfills, contractors are given the alternative options of dumping pure in...
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Nowadays, building information modeling (BIM) plays a crucial role in project collaboration. BIM information should be freely exchanged among different stakeholders for the purpose of collaboration. With the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), there are many novel data exchange methods for BIM information exchange. Howeve...
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Those attempting to integrate building information modeling (BIM) and blockchain soon encounter the enormous challenge of information redundancy. Storage of duplicated building information in decentralized ledgers already creates redundancy, and this is exacerbated as the BIM model develops and is utilized. This paper presents a novel semantic diff...
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[ISPRS JPRS' 2020 Featured Articles] Recent advancement of remote sensing technologies has brought in accurate, dense, and inexpensive city-scale Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) point clouds, which can be utilized to model city objects (e.g., buildings, roads, and automobiles) for creating Digital Twin Cities (DTCs). However, processing such u...
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BIM (Building Information Modelling) plays an important role in the construction industry, while IFC (Industry Foundation Classes), as an international data exchange model, provides a useful support for the research and application of BIM, particularly BIM-related redevelopment. However, the limitations of IFC make it difficult to use IFC as the ma...
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Productivity and safety in the construction industry have long been hindered by the many uncertainties and lack of awareness in the semi-controlled site environment. The digital twinning of construction objects aims at offering digital replicas with real-time, trustable evidence for automated monitoring, human-centric decision-making, or fully auto...
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The pursuit of modern product sophistication and production efficiency has bolstered Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) around the world. Being both a design philosophy and a methodology, DfMA has existed in manufacturing for decades. It is coming into vogue in construction as a potential solution to the industry’s lackluster productivity a...
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Construction projects require the effective collaboration among the various types of stakeholders involved to succeed, thus leading to stakeholder perspective studies in construction projects. The study proposes an integrated bibliometric approach to detect the knowledge evolution, domain and frontier with a broader searching scope compared with ma...
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We rely on social distancing measures such as quarantine and isolation to contain the COVID-19. However, the negative psychological effects of these measures are non-negligible. To supplement previous research on psychological effects after quarantine, this research will investigate the effects of quarantine amid COVID-19. We adopt a sentiment anal...
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Design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) has become a buzzword amid the global resurgence of prefabrication and construction industrialization. Some argued that DfMA is hardly new, as there are concepts such as buildability, lean construction, value management, and integrated project delivery in place already. Others believe that DfMA is a new di...
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The estimate of construction waste generation is the key decision-making information for policy-makers, construction managers, and the like to devise informed waste management strategies. However, estimating construction waste generated from projects is particularly onerous, as numerous factors related to design, site, and construction are largely...