Mahya Sam

Mahya Sam
University of Florida | UF · M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management

Master of Science
PhD Student | Research Assistant in "Human-Robot Collaboration in Industrialized Construction Networks"

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Ph.D. Student in Construction Management at M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management, University of Florida. Research Assistant at Collaborative Project Delivery (CPD) Lab. https://cpdlab.dcp.ufl.edu/team-members/mahya-sam/

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In construction applications, a robot is commonly seen a semi-automated tool or a piece of equipment that assists with specialized work tasks. However, as robots become more technically capable and widely available, they may be seen more as a teammate or co-worker that collaborates with human crews. Using a survey questionnaire, 63 project managers...
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In construction applications, a robot is commonly seen as a semi-automated tool or a piece of equipment that assists with specialized work tasks. However, as robots become more technically capable and widely available, they may be seen more as a teammate or co-worker that collaborates with human crews. Using a survey questionnaire, 63 project manag...
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Sustainable development has been a popular concept since 1987 and the issuance of the Brundtland report. A diverse number of sustainability assessment frameworks are available to examine the environmental performance of buildings and communities. With the current pace of climate change and the increasing threat of stronger, more frequent natural ha...
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The proposed research will result in the design of a home that is hyper-efficient and energy self-sufficient and that is able to cope with future severe weather events while also providing basic services needed for families during post-disaster recovery. The proposal refers to this research as Advanced Modular Housing Design (AMHD). The AMHD resear...
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Construction is one of the most energy consumed activities in the urban environment that results in a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions around the world. Thus, the impact of the construction industry on global warming is undeniable. Thus, reducing building energy consumption and mitigating carbon production can slow the rate of global...
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The construction industry faces many workforce-related challenges, including a shortage of skilled workers and high accident and injury rates. The use of robotic technologies to augment construction workers can enable new construction techniques and work opportunities. Collaborating with robots could reduce construction costs through more precise c...
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The human innate tendency to interact with the natural environment has been proven by psychologists. This interaction should be placed in educational environments (schools). Unfortunately, interaction with nature is not considered in schools today, and the schoolyard, a place where students can interact with open space and nature, is designed to be...
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Abstract—Climate change and global warming vortex have grown to alarming proportions. Therefore, the need for a shift in the conceptualization of energy production is paramount. Energy practices have been created in the current situation. Fossil fuels continue their prominence, at the expense of renewable sources. Despite this abundance, a large pe...
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Presentation available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_wgWWPCvXM&t=53s The proposed research will result in the design of a home that is hyper-efficient and energy self-sufficient and that is able to cope with future severe weather events while also providing basic services needed for families during post-disaster recovery. The proposal refe...
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Building operational energy, mobility energy, and materials embodied energy contribute to a significant portion of the global greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings stand at the intersection of these three contributors and, as a result, are largely responsible for the scale of society's carbon footprint. The global consensus on limiting climate change...
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Designing an optimum natural ventilation system is not so simple, however, it has a long-lasting effect on human health and economic. There are many different items that have significant impacts on the air flow rate in a building such as windows design. For instance, the design of window louvers can have a considerable influence on the cross-ventil...

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Natural ventilation is one of the most effective parts of sustainability. In fact, it can improve thermal comfort to expand the comfort zone area. Designing an optimum natural ventilation system is not so simple, however, it has a long-lasting effect on human health and economic benefit. There are many different items that have a significant impact on air movement rate in a façade such as an angle and geometry of louvers, building orientation and wind direction. Therefore, the geometry of louvers and wind direction can have a considerable influence on the cross-ventilation flow. Many studies on natural ventilation have been released in the past, however, a review of the literature shows that most of them just considered the angle and direction of louvers. The purpose of this research is finding the efficient wind direction in Lubbock and optimum geometry for a design of a louvered window to improve natural ventilation in a classroom. This paper shows the Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) simulation to analyses natural ventilation flow with five different geometry of louvers and five different wind direction as well in the generic isolated room. To make the study valid the geometry and dimension of the wind tunnel is the base for this simulation. The louvers operate in a circular motion about a central pivot and all louvers are at 30-degree. Wind direction based on results generated from wind direction simulation is 15-degrees toward the north-west to simulate louver models. The results show that aerodynamic geometry has the best impact to improve air movement through the louvers. This design would increase the air velocity from 80 in/s in model without louver to 120 in/s in model with louver. Furthermore, it would conduct air to the upper side of the room. This result would be beneficial for designers and industry to design and produce high-performance façade in future.
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The construction industry faces many workforce-related challenges, including a shortage of skilled workers and high accident and injury rates. The use of robotic technologies to augment construction workers can alleviate these challenges, as well as enable new construction techniques and work opportunities. This project seeks to transform the nature of construction work by removing barriers to the formation of human-robot teams on the jobsite. Working together with skilled trade workers, robots have the potential to lower construction costs through more precise cutting and placing actions that reduce waste. Human-robot teams can also increase safety and efficiency by reducing the risk of overexertion and injury to workers. Using methods from computer science, construction engineering, and social science, the purpose of this research is to (a) re-define construction tasks by translating the means and methods of trade work into common actions that can be interpreted and performed by robotic systems, and (b) explore how robotic systems can be integrated into current and future human-robot construction teams, as an integral part of the worker, knowledge, task, and resource networks on the jobsite. This project is a collaborative effort between faculty at the University of Florida, Penn State University, and Clemson University.
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A project sponsored by Department of Housing and Urban Development to design an affordable, modular, and energy efficient post disaster house.