Yelda Turkan

Yelda Turkan
Oregon State University | OSU · Department of Civil and Construction Engineering

PhD

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Introduction
Dr. Yelda Turkan is an assistant professor of Construction Engineering and Management in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. She holds a doctoral degree in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Dr. Turkan’s research interests and experience are centered on the areas of remote sensing, computer vision, image processing and machine learning applications for construction engineering and management, infrastructure asset management, and transportation. She investigates how LiDAR and virtual design and construction (VDC) technologies can help improve project controls and project performance metrics.
Additional affiliations
August 2016 - present
Oregon State University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2012 - August 2016
Iowa State University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
September 2007 - August 2012
University of Waterloo
Position
  • Research Assistant

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Publications (66)
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In recent years, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have become very popular in the construction industry due to their versatility, ease of use, cost-effectiveness, and safety advantages. Several research studies investigated UAS use to assist with various tasks through different construction phases. However, the potential negative safety impacts to con...
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Construction fires are a big threat to worker safety and property safety. Mass timber buildings under construction are largely unprotected as they are not yet equipped with active fire protection systems. With the addition of Types IVA, B, and C, the 2021 International Building Code adopted stricter requirements for mass timber buildings that are u...
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This article provides a brief overview of 18 projects funded in Track D—Data and Model Sharing to Enable AI Innovation—of the 2020 Cohort of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Convergence Accelerator (CA) program. The NSF CA is focused on transitioning research to practice for societal impact. The projects described here were funded for one ye...
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This article provides a brief overview of 18 projects funded in Track D—Data and Model Sharing to Enable AI Innovation—of the 2020 Cohort of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Convergence Accelerator (CA) program. The NSF CA is focused on transitioning research to practice for societal impact. The projects described here were funded for one ye...
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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have gained their prevalent recognition in construction because of their exceptional advantages. Despite the increasing use of UAVs in the industry and their remarkable benefits, there are serious potential safety risks associated that have been overlooked. Construction is one of the most hazardous industries in the...
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs) (also known as drones) have recently gained their prevalent recognition in the construction industry due to their exceptional advantages. Despite the increasing use of UAVs in construction and their remarkable benefits, there are serious potential safety risks associated with their utilization that have been overlooke...
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Heating and cooling consumes most of the energy in buildings. Faults and problems in HVAC systems waste up to 20% of heating and cooling energy. Identifying spaces with HVAC problems within a facility remains a major challenge for facility managers. This study aims to detect spaces with potential problems that causes energy overconsumption, human d...
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Fire hazards are a big threat to human life and property safety. The U.S. fire statistics reveal that, in 2017 alone, 1,319,500 fires caused 3400 deaths and 14,670 injuries, which resulted in a loss of $23 billion [1]. Effective evacuation planning in densely occupied buildings should be primarily put in place if both the number of injuries/fatalit...
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A variety of technologies have been implemented in the construction industry at an increasing rate. With the ongoing development of assistive remote sensing and information technologies, as well as computer vision techniques, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have a great potential to influence construction performance positively in terms of safety,...
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Accurate data collected from on-going construction projects assists project field engineers with tracking the progress of construction work. The comparison of as-planned schedules against the as-built status of construction enables the involved parties to determine project performance. Periodic monitoring of project performance enables timely ident...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to develop a novel and systematic framework for bridge inspection and management to improve the efficiency in current practice. Design/methodology/approach A new framework that implements camera-based unmanned aerial systems (UASs) with computer vision algorithms to collect and process inspection data, and Brid...
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The implementation of various technologies typically produces a considerable amount of digital data for transportation agencies; therefore, it is desirable to have electronic document management (EDM) systems to promote efficient data-sharing among stakeholders. Although EDM systems have been implemented in the building construction industry and th...
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The Surveying and Geomatics Educators Society (SaGES) held their 26th Biannual Conference at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, OR, from July 30 to August 3, 2017. This innovative conference provides an opportunity to discuss and find solutions to the many challenges and opportunities facing geomatics education. It also enables educators t...
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Objective, accurate, and fast assessment of civil infrastructure conditions is critical to timely assess safety risks. Current practices rely on visual observations and manual interpretation of reports and sketches prepared by inspectors in the field, which are labor intensive, subject to personal judgment and experience, and prone to error. Terres...
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While several concrete waviness assessment methods are being developed to overcome the disadvantages of one assessment method over the other, the sparseness of measurements associated with each method prevents from achieving a better understanding of how elevations and undulations change across the surface. Assessing wa-viness over multiple one-dim...
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The paper reports on the design of an augmented reality (AR) application for structural analysis education. Structural analysis is a significant course in every civil engineering program. The course focuses on load and stress distributions in buildings, bridges, and other structures. Students learn about graphical and mathematical models that embod...
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A reliable source of obtaining accurate feedback flow of information from on-going construction projects is essential for an efficient quality monitoring process. Progress information from an ongoing project assists field engineers and superintendents in keeping track of the usage of resources, duration of activities and the costs associated with e...
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Structural analysis is an introductory core course that is taught in every civil engineering program as well as in most architectural and construction engineering programs. Previous research unveils students' deficits in understanding the behavior of structural elements in a three-dimensional (3D) context due to the shortcomings of traditional lect...
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During the life cycle of a construction project, there are instances where the geometrical dimensions of precast concrete elements fail to meet specified tolerances. The failure of constructed elements to fall within the specified limits of tolerances maybe the result of unsatisfactory level of precision applied during construction or the inability...
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The designs of large-scale building systems, such as Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) systems, undergo spatial changes during design-construction coordination, and as a result, their as-built conditions deviate, in some cases significantly, from their as-designed conditions. Construction engineers need to detect and analyze the difference...
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With the advancement of various technologies, transportation agencies are transitioning from two-dimensional (2D) paper-based to three-dimensional (3D) digital data-based project delivery. This transition results in an increasing amount of digital data exchange throughout the project delivery process, and a holistic framework is required to better...
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Facility managers are required to collect high-quality data to achieve corrective maintenance actions. Current facility management (FM) information systems are complex and provide high-quality data. However, they lack interoperability and visualization capabilities. The goal of this study is to improve the quality of data collected that is required...
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Ice and snow on airport pavements can contribute to flight cancellations and delays. Traditional deicing methods that involve chemical or salt application can cause environmental or structural damage to airport infrastructure. Electric heated pavements, in which electric heating energy is transferred to the pavement via embedded insulated conductor...
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Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) has revolutionized the process of capturing as-built data from construction sites for project monitoring and dimensional quality control purposes through the acquisition of very accurate and dense three dimensional (3D) point clouds. Surface characterization of constructed surfaces is an essential feature that rende...
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Building Information Modeling (BIM) enabled facility management has gained increased interest both in academia and industry. Previous research has shown the importance of having dynamic BIMs that can react and interact with real-time data obtained from building sensors. The other sought benefits of BIM such as improving workforce efficiency, proact...
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The adoption of 3D modeling and automatic machine guidance (AMG) are becoming more popular in the transportation industry. With a 3D model uploaded to an on-board computer within a piece of heavy construction equipment, operators can easily monitor machine operations with respect to grad and location or engage the machine to produce the proper grad...
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The concept of Civil Integrated Management (CIM) was developed to facilitate better utilization of data and information that would enable effective decisions for transportation agencies. It is important to select appropriate intelligent technologies or tools and use them efficiently. Moreover, data needs to be collected, stored, and managed wisely...
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Bridge condition inspection data provide critical and rich information for assessing structural condition. Currently, the majority of bridge inspection methods use printed checklists, and their interpretation is labor intensive, subject to personal judgment, and prone to error. To realize the full benefits of bridge inspections, there is a need to...
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The architectural, engineering, construction and facilities management (AEC-FM) industry is going through a transformative phase by adapting new technologies and tools into its change management practices. AEC-FM Industry has adopted Building Information Modeling (BIM) and three-dimensional (3D) laser scanning technologies in tracking changes in th...
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Building Information Modeling (BIM) is often perceived as a software tool that is applicable solely for designing and constructing buildings. BIM is more than just a software tool. It is a process that can enhance collaboration between project participants through three dimensional (3D) intelligent models, and it can be effectively used for designi...
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Purpose – Previous research has shown that “Scan-vs-BIM” object recognition systems, which fuse three dimensional (3D) point clouds from terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) or digital photogrammetry with 4D project building information models (BIM), provide valuable information for tracking construction works. However, until now, the potential of thes...
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Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) works constitute a large portion of construction costs and thus need to be appropriately tracked. Assessment of the built status of MEP works in construction projects is however typically limited to subcontractor claims augmented and contrasted with periodic manual inspection. A more detailed manual inspec...
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Recent research efforts to improve construction progress tracking has focused on employing emerging technologies such as three dimensional (3D) imaging, including digital photogrammetry and 3D Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS). Previous research has shown that "Scan-vs-BIM" object recognition systems, which fuse 3D TLS and 4D project BIM, provide va...
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Building information modeling (BIM) has started to become a common practice in the architectural, engineering, construction, and facilities management (AEC-FM) industry. The benefits of BIM have been recognized in the AEC-FM industry, and numerous design firms and contractors reported benefits of utilizing BIM in their projects. However, the potent...
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Progress tracking is always one of the most important concerns of contractors and managers. Among progress tracking methods, the manual approaches are prone to error and hard to implement and apply in heavy construction sites. Thus, developing an automated approach to track construction items is very beneficial and can prevent projects falling behi...
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Accurate and frequent construction progress tracking provides critical input data for project systems such as cost, schedule control, and billing. Unfortunately, conventional progress tracking is labor intensive, sometimes subject to negotiation, and often driven by arcane rules. Attempts to improve progress tracking have recently focused on automa...
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Efficient and effective construction progress tracking is critical to construction management. Current manual methods, which are mainly based on foremen daily reports or quantity surveyor reports, are time consuming and/or error prone. Three dimensional (3D) sensing technologies, such as 3D laser scanners (LADARs) and photogrammetry are now being i...
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One of the main criticisms of the construction industry is that projects are too often completed behind schedule (and/or with cost overruns). Schedule delays may result from poor planning, but also from poor progress control, because, if progress deviation is identified too late, then actions can often not be taken to avoid the impact of these dela...
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One of the main criticisms of the construction industry is that projects are too often completed behind schedule (and/or with cost overruns). Schedule delays may result from poor planning, but also from poor progress control, because, if progress deviation is identified too late, then actions can often not be taken to avoid the impact of these dela...
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The construction industry remains one of the riskiest of all. This risk is mainly the result of a poorly controlled, and thus uncertain, environment. For instance, construction progress is often improperly controlled, resulting in some unnoticed errors with considerable impact on later project activities, and ultimately project success. Better prog...

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Scan-vs-BIM is an innovative conceptual idea that emerged from the following observation: since an increasing number of projects (eventually all of them) are designed with Building Information Modelling (BIM), then their control using reality capture technology could be dramatically automated by leveraging the detailed, semantic and accurate information contained in those as-designed BIM models. As the core of Scan-vs-BIM is the registration of all reality capture data (2D, 3D, ...) in the coordinate system of the project BIM model. The resulting spatial alignment supports robust and efficient (even automated) recognition of various building components, which then enables the extraction of highly valuable information (picking up the fruit) such as automated progress and quality control (e.g. dimensional control). For more detail, visit the CyberBuild website at: https://web.sbe.hw.ac.uk/fbosche
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This Faculty Early Career Development Grant will help pioneer a change-based risk analysis method that uses diverse spatiotemporal data for predictive defect detection of aging civil infrastructure systems and for early warning of structural collapse. Many failures of bridges, marine structures, and other large-scale facilities often can be forecast by gradual changes in their appearances. Civil engineers have found that certain changes always occur together and form collective patterns that predict certain types of collapses. For example, decaying bridges can have collective crack developments around components under cyclic loads. Maintenance agencies can collect various spatiotemporal data, such as images, for monitoring structures and risks of collapse. Unfortunately, current change analysis practices are manual and tedious, so that cannot recover collective change patterns from heterogeneous data. This award would support fundamental research in the development of an automated process for detecting changes across heterogeneous data and predicting structural collapse.