Raja R A Issa

Raja R A Issa
University of Florida | UF · Construction Management

BSc,MS,PhD Civil Eng-Structures & Foundations; JD Law, Post-Grad. Comp. Sc.

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January 1992 - present
University of Florida
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  • Professor (Full) and Director CACIM

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Publications (272)
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Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become the norm in most of the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) companies, yet the lack of qualified BIM talent is impeding its adoption. This study revisited two previous research projects conducted in 2013 to provide an update on the changes in BIM educational strategies, and work practices...
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Retrieving queried information from building information models (BIM) requires experience in structured query languages and manipulation of BIM software. Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based spoken dialogue systems provide more opportunities for information retrieval from building information models via natural language queries. This research develop...
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"The use of drones in construction grew exponentially over the last few years, making the construction industry one of the fastest commercial adopters of this technology. Drones are widely used in the construction industry for a wide variety of applications (e.g., site surveying/mapping, earthwork volumetrics, safety inspection, progress monitoring...
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"Construction professionals have started exploring several UAS configurations and techniques to ideally enhance the quality of the UAS-derived point clouds. This study aims at evaluating the factors [i.e., single-frequency GPS (L1), dual-frequency GPS (L1/L2), post-processing kinematic (PPK) georeferencing technique] affecting the accuracy of UAS-d...
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"As drone-mediated building inspection gains interest among the inspection disciplines and becomes more standardized in the industry, current construction, engineering, and management (CEM) students are encouraged to develop and enhance their drone flight operational skills. While integrating hands-on building inspection training using drones in th...
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The construction industry is generally regarded as information intensive. Building information modeling (BIM) has been developed to provide considerable information support for construction activities. As more data is aggregated in building information models, it is more difficult and time-consuming to extract useful building information for constr...
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The significantly increased usage of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) and photogrammetry technologies in the construction industry underlines the need to integrate such technologies within the educational curricula. This paper presents the lessons learned from a recent effort to integrate a UAS-Photogrammetry module in a technology-based construction...
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"Drones’ recent advancements, distinctive flying capabilities, and ability to efficiently accomplish tasks have allowed these platforms to shift from passively following humans’ control commands to actively collaborating and interacting with other robots and construction personnel on jobsites. This shift has highlighted the need for advanced resear...
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Conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems have become more and more popular to provide information support for human daily life. However, the construction industry still lags other industries in developing a conversational AI system to support construction activities. The developed intelligent Building Information Spoken Dialogue System (...
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The construction industry is information-intensive, and building information modeling (BIM) has been proposed as an information source for supporting decision making by construction project team members in the architecture, engineering, construction, and operation (AECO) industry. Because building information models contain more building data, furt...
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Advanced Construction Technologies (ACTs) have fundamentally altered the way the US Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Operations (AECO) industry operates. Over the past few decades, the US AECO industry has undergone a technological awakening, which promises to improve project quality and efficiency in a multitude of ways. The shift towa...
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With the global rise in the level of advanced automation and robotics technologies deployed in construction technology and innovation practice, successful implementation of these technologies requires the inclusion of a workforce with the competencies necessary to drive automation and robotics processes. To meet the market demand for these professi...
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The construction industry is witnessing significant growth in drone applications, ranging from site mapping and surveying and progress monitoring to safety monitoring and structure inspection and maintenance. Drones’ recent technological advancements and successful integration with other technologies, along with their ability to accomplish tasks sa...
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The construction industry has remained very much less digitized than similar mature industries, with a good number of its activities being laborious and monotonous. With the construction industry gradually entering the era of industrialization and digitization, there is an opportunity to increasingly change the traditional approach of designing, co...
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Purpose Construction managers face many work-related stressors induced by unrealistic schedule expectations, tight budgets, and long hours. Over time, these stressors can result in both mental and physical exhaustion, a condition referred to as burnout. Early-career managers are a key worker demographic, as they represent the near-term future of th...
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There is growing awareness and use of building information modeling (BIM) for construction project delivery and operation of facilities. Evidence of successful project delivery with BIM abounds, and large facility owners are increasingly adopting BIM project delivery. BIM has shown increased efficiency in integrating the people, processes, and tech...
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Purpose-This study aims to explore DroneSim, a virtual reality (VR)-based flight training simulator, as an alternative for real-world drone-mediated building inspection training. Design/methodology/approach-Construction, engineering and management students were asked to pilot drones in the VR-based DroneSim space and perform common flight operati...
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Existing Building Information Modeling (BIM) information extraction (IE) methods require users to spend more time learning different query languages and database structures, which is difficult for non-BIM experts. Natural language-based IE from building information models is required by both BIM experts and non-experts. Conversational Artificial In...
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The global economic impact of the construction industry cannot be overstated. The use of information and communications technology (ICT) offers a potential for massive cost savings and increases in productivity. Unfortunately, the US construction industry lags behind most other US industries in the implementation of ICT. This research sets out to u...
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Developing BIM Talent: A Guide to the BIM Body of Knowledge with Metrics, KSAs, and Learning Outcomes leads readers through the process of implementing a state-of-the-art BIM training and education program. Authored by a team of celebrated and highly qualified scholars and practitioners, this exciting new BIM education and workforce development gui...
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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) have recently been utilized as an efficient safety inspection and monitoring tool on construction jobsites. However, their deployment could potentially result in hazardous situations such as worker distraction or struck-by accidents. This paper introduces iSafeUAS as an initial effort to develop and assess a platform...
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Since the advent of automatic speech recognition-based virtual assistants (e.g., Google Assistant and iOS Siri), it has become more common to use voice-based information retrieval systems in search engines. In addition, recently, such search engines have served not only to accept keyword-based commands from the human voice but also have evolved to...
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In recent decades, technological advancements have led to the introduction of wearable computing devices allowing visualization using virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. The Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry has seen an increase in the use of such wearable technology, especially with the introduction of information modeling. B...
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With the improving of technology, many architects adopt curved panels as a type of free-form surfaces. Although these surfaces can be realized by utilizing curved panels including single-curved and double-curved panels, the use of more curved elements result in higher costs. Therefore, it is essential to seek an acceptable balance, in which not onl...
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Delivery of Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) data helps facility maintenance, operations, and asset managers to more quickly operate their facilities at lower life-cycle cost. Since its first publication, COBie has been widely adopted in projects around the globe, in part due to the precise definition of what is and is...
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In recent years, there has been an increase in the technical requirements for construction projects. In addition to building information modeling (BIM) being applied on many projects, several virtual design and construction (VDC) technologies such as virtual and augmented reality have started to gain attention on construction sites. Moreover, many...
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Protection of intellectual properties has always been a major concern for innovators and designers in the architecture, engineering, construction, and operation (AECO) industry. Intellectual properties have been categorized under patents, trademarks, and copyright under copyright law of the United States. As an artistic effort, architectural design...
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Building Information Modeling (BIM) has gained significant momentum in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operations (AECO) industry, and has shown the potential to transform project organizations and management practices. Recently, a growing interest has evolved in examining the benefits of BIM for project communication networks. Evid...
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As more data is aggregated in building information models during the project preconstruction and construction phase, further use of the building information to support building construction, operation, and maintenance activities becomes important. For the reuse of information from the BIM models, this study aims to develop an automated information...
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Innovation and technological developments are integral parts of the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. While AEC practitioners strive to have unique projects, there is a concern about the unauthorized use or reproduction of their designs. Architectural drawings have been recognized as intellectual property by US copyright l...
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Cities are facing unprecedented growth with an increase in population and urbanization. The United Nations estimates that the global population will increase to 9.3 billion by 2050, which is an increase of 30% compared to the population in 2011 (UN, 2015). As development in dense urban areas continues, the scientific community must continue to obse...
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Among different approaches to modular construction, the fully serviced and finished home is the most advanced approach that has revolutionized the construction industry. The benefits of this approach are realized in enhancing the workflow, efficient use of resources, improving construction safety, reducing construction wastes, cutting the on-site c...
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Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been extensively adopted in the Architectural, Engineering, Construction, and Operation (AECO) industry, and much indoor geospatial data is aggregated into BIM models. However, pedestrian routing is commonly based on the indoor geospatial data in a Geographic Information System (GIS), which is typically incom...
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Housing in Florida is mainly driven by population growth of between 300,000 and 400,000 people per year, which makes Florida the third largest homebuilding state in the U.S. This high rate of population growth sheds light on the importance of building healthy residential houses that are energy-efficient throughout all of Florida, in all its climate...
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The use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become popular in the architectural, engineering, construction, and Operations (AECO) industry, and BIM has been used in the lifecycle of projects. As more data is added to a BIM model, the complexity and data volume of the model increases. Further, many design changes are made to a building inform...
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In recent years, many public and private sector owners have started to require a building information modeling (BIM) component in new construction projects. Although there has been a significant increase in industry-wide acceptance of BIM, it is still not a standard practice in the educational facility sector. This research aimed at exploring the u...
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Since the advent of building information modeling (BIM), computer-generated models have been used to simulate design and construction, aiding team members in attaining a shared visualization of the project, and identifying potential errors before construction begins. Furthermore, visualization plays an essential role in estimating, as the process b...
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Over the last few decades, the investments in more complex construction projects have increased the need for better communication means. Effective means of communications should be employed on construction projects to help aggregate dispersed information between project stakeholders. Advancements in information technology have resulted in new const...
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The layout of industrial construction projects is crucial in meeting production requirements while minimizing operational costs. The purpose of this study is to answer the question of whether the proposed discrete block model and spatial meshing (DBSM) algorithm can improve transportation efficiency and reduce total direct transportation costs. The...
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Over the years, 33 incidents of offshore blowout during drilling have caused significant damage to life and property. This research suggests that field engineers could prevent offshore blowout using timely detection of the impending danger, a.k.a. a kick, using big data analysis tools. In this study, the objective is to develop an algorithm that ca...
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This paper presents the first phase of the building information modeling (BIM) body of knowledge (BOK) research conducted by the Academic Interoperability Coalition (AiC). The AiC BIM BOK initiative identifies and examines the formation of a global BIM culture emerging from its ubiquitous adoption and implementation worldwide in the last two decade...
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This paper aims to apply the building information modeling (BIM) body of knowledge (BOK) framework, established during the background, framework, and initial development phase, to determine what common knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) should be represented in the BIM BOK using a Delphi method with inputs from subject matter experts (SMEs). A...
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The U.S. construction industry is facing a labor shortage. As the current workforce ages and demand for new workers rises, the cost of construction is expected to increase dramatically. Encouraging more women to pursue careers in construction-related fields could minimize the effect of this shortage. However, prior research shows that construction...
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Signage plays an important role in wayfinding in built environments, especially during emergency situations. However, the traditional light-based single-function emergency signage may lead occupants to a fire blocked route or a crowded exit resulting in a delayed evacuation and even more serious situation during an emergency evacuation. A cyber-phy...
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In the architecture, engineering, construction, and operations (AECO) industry, different visualization techniques are used to represent a project. These techniques range from printed two-dimensional (2D) drawings to full 3D building information modeling (BIM) display. Recently, the AECO industry has seen an increase in the research and application...
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The construction industry, with most of its processes being repetitive and labor-intensive, is one of the least digitized industries around. The industry has evolved immensely over the years, and its future is dependent on the ability of construction companies to modify their mode of operations, regulations, and skill sets to thrive in the informat...
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Building evaluation is important part of the construction project delivery process. Through building evaluation, feedback is generated which can be utilized to improve construction of the next building. Currently, the most common building evaluation method is post-occupancy evaluation (POE). The POE is performed for a building (e.g., energy usage,...
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Academia has utilized various Body of Knowledge (BOK) publications to benchmark and explore required content for curriculum development. Departments have developed specific programmatic plans using a discipline-specific BOK to ensure that students are graduating with the skills and knowledge required to meet the needs of the workforce. The Academic...
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Although industrialized construction methods, such as modular and manufactured buildings, have evolved over decades, core techniques used in prefabrication plants vary only slightly from those used in traditional site-built construction. With the focus of energy efficiency in modular construction, this research presents the development of a simulat...
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The new approach for education calls for more interactive methods to communicate with students. New technologies have found their way into classrooms and have proven to be more effective in delivering learning materials to students. Video games have been introduced as one of the possible new tools for educating the upcoming generation in many diffe...
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With the future becoming more technologically advanced with the modeling of all types of information across varying domains, it is imperative that the information contained in the models can be shared and exchanged seamlessly and effortlessly by the end user. The purpose of this research is to develop a methodology that would enable the interoperab...
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Laser scanning has become increasingly popular throughout the architecture, engineering, construction and operations (AECO) industry and is becoming an asset for various project management processes. Traditional phase-shift or time of flight laser scanning devices have been the standard in the industry and set the bar for data accuracy. However, th...
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Purpose New methods to introduce topics in classrooms are needed to enhance the construction management educational experience. One of these new methods is showing real time videos that highlight the various elements of concern in the classroom lecture. The purpose of this paper is to use augmented reality technology (ART) and a layer of artificia...
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Under the circumstances of natural disasters or anthropogenic hazards, the crowd inside large-occupancy facilities needs to be evacuated. The goal of evacuation plans is to safely evacuate a crowd as fast as possible. But there is need for an accurate estimate of the total evacuation time and bottleneck occurrences. This study presents an innovativ...
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The rapid adoption of building information modeling (BIM) in the architecture, engineering, construction, and operations (AECO) industry in recent years has resulted in large differences in the level of BIM adoption and application among organizations. AECO stakeholders, including owners, general contractors, and designers, do not have a benchmark...
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Laser scanning technology has emerged as a useful tool in documenting existing conditions of buildings. The main application for such documentation is to assess current as-built conditions of existing, mostly historical, buildings. The technology can also be used as an integral part of construction progress documentation in new projects. In order t...
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Human behavior is one of the most important but hard to define factors in emergency escape simulation. Most existing evacuation simulation models are based on agent based modeling (ABM). The foundation of ABM is the assumptions of the agents’ behavior. However, most of the time it is almost impossible to collect human behavior during real emergency...
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Unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) are an emerging technology with a variety of applications, which extend beyond the realms of the military and hobbyist markets. Many industries are trying to decide if UASs can be utilized to complete tasks in a safer or more efficient manner. In this regard, the implementation of UASs in the construction industry a...
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As standard industry practice, safety performance has been measured by metrics such as the OSHA recordable injury rate (RIR); days away, restricted work, transfer injury rate (DART), and the experience modification rating (EMR). These metrics provide historical information about the measures of safety performance classified as lagging indicators. I...
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A research project funded by the Construction Industry Institute confirmed that there is a problem in the construction industry with counterfeit goods finding their way into the supply chains of major construction projects. Furthermore, it was found that the problem is substantial, the most common source country of the counterfeit goods is China, a...
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With the increasing capabilities of computer modeling and simulation technology, the analysis of options for maximizing gains in energy efficiency for buildings can be realized more efficiently and cost effectively. Conducting building performance simulations allows for the analysis of the environmental impacts of buildings and the economic vitalit...
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The construction industry has incurred the most fatalities of any United States industry in the private sector in recent years. Although many factors may contribute to this statistic, one likely cause is due to designers who often lack knowledge of design for construction safety, which results in many safety hazards being built into project models....
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Building information modeling (BIM) tools hold promise for owners in terms of collecting the information needed for facility operations. The introduction of BIM technology has increased the need for project teams to deliver information earlier in the project timeline. BIM has been a catalyst for process change in the architecture, engineering, and...
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Building energy modeling (BEM), a subset of building information modeling (BIM), integrates energy analysis into the design, construction, and operation and maintenance of buildings. As there are various existing BEM tools available, there is a need to evaluate the utility of these tools in various phases of the building lifecycle. The goal of this...
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Performance-based fire safety design in buildings has been widely accepted throughout the world. However, performance features for safety design in building have traditionally been designed using historical statistical data, or just the data from previous experiences and do not always accurately correspond to the unique characteristics of the build...