Feniosky Peña-Mora's research while affiliated with Columbia University and other places

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Rather than using individually distributed energy storage frameworks, shared energy storage is being exploited because of its low cost and high efficiency. However, proper sizing and operations approaches are still required to take advantage of shared energy storage in distribution networks. This paper proposes a bi-level model to optimize the size...
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The construction industry is facing a data tsunami, while emerging information technologies (IT) show great potential for the effective processing of these data or information. However, a comprehensive review for technological change, the resulting process, and organizational changes in the Big Data context, especially from the angle of whole lifec...
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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting is gaining importance in the construction industry as an effective tool to communicate social citizenship. Despite the increasing attention on the role of the construction industry in disaster resilience, CSR reporting on resilience issues among construction practitioners has yet to be explored. The p...
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Even though economic dispatch of integrated electricity and natural gas systems using optimization techniques has been widely conducted, a cooperative distributed and multi-objective optimization is still needed for meeting multi-energy demands from both conventional and renewable energy resources. In this study, an original bi-level economic-envir...
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This study aims to assess the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on team social capital (SC) and project performance in the construction domain. A theoretical model of the relationships among different variables is built. In this model, two capabilities of ICT (connectivity and communality) and two types of SC (bridging and bo...
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Transformation of the AEC industry has been found to face significant and persistent hurdles both internal and external to the industry, such as industrial fragmentation, difficulty in talent recruiting, inadequate collaboration and knowledge transfer. Meanwhile, advances and maturity in digital technologies recent years offer tremendous potential...
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Advancements in the development of deep learning and computer vision-based approaches have the potential to provide managers and engineers with the ability to improve the safety performance of their construction operations on-site. In practice, however, the application of deep learning and computer vision has been limited due to an array of technic...
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Institutional investors are considered reliable sources of financing for infrastructure due to their long-term investment horizon and asset/liability matching requirement. Asset-backed securitization of public–private partnership (PPP) project receivables is considered to be an alternative financing instrument to encourage institutional investment....
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Construction site layout planning (CSLP) is important to ensure that cost, time, quality and environmental impacts are strictly controlled. Even though extensive research has been conducted on CSLP problems, the effect of the multi-stakeholder interactions on optimal site layout plans has been less studied. Therefore, this paper proposes an agent-b...
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Critical infrastructure systems (CISs), increasingly suffering from various hazards in recent decades, are in urgent need of improving their resilience. So far few approaches for CISs resilience improvement have recognized that different resilience improvement efforts could have synergetic or conflicting correlations between them. There lack system...
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Blockchain is considered one of the most disruptive technologies of our time. Numerous cities around the world are launching blockchain initiatives as part of the overall efforts towards shaping the urban future. However, the infancy stage of the blockchain industry leads to a severe gap between the knowledge we have and the actions urban policy ma...
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Environmental issues are harmful effects of human activities on the biophysical environment. More and more citizens are engaged in the open data movement for different purposes, in particular, emerging private companies are being built on Open Government Data (OGD) to predict extreme weather events for environmental protection, to satisfy more soci...
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The layout planning of construction temporary facilities (CTFs) is a specific construction site layout problem. Despite considerable research undertaken to determine satisfactory layouts of CTFs for their significance on a successful completion, conflicts between the facility layout (layout planner) and other preplanning tasks (involved stakeholder...
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Efficiency of construction site layout planning (CSLP) and construction material logistics planning (CMLP) is of great significance for a successful project control. Despite considerable research undertaken to separately optimize the site layout plan or material logistics plan, the interdependencies and decision conflicts of the layout planner and...
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Purpose This research aims to investigate the integration of real-time monitoring of thermal conditions within confined work environments through wireless sensor network (WSN) technology when integrated with building information modelling (BIM). A prototype system entitled confined space monitoring system (CoSMoS), which provides an opportunity to...
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There is an increasing debate on a new coal-fired power plant (CPP) construction over a demanding economic development and pressing environmental issues. A fundamental spatial analysis is required to identify potentially suitable sites, select a site and design a layout plan that are crucial for a sustainable energy development. The site selection...
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Planning a layout of construction temporary facilities (CTFs), a specific construction site layout problem, is crucial to the successful completion of large-scale construction projects. Despite considerable research undertaken, mutual relationships and conflicts between the layout planner and other pre-planning task stakeholders (i.e., for the sche...
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Construction temporary facilities (CTF) layouts are important in large-scale or mega construction projects, if planned well, are expected to save cost, enhance construction quality and develop operation efficiency. Planning an efficient CTF layout requires the prevention of resource conflicts with other important pre-planning tasks. This paper star...
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Field operations carried out by mobile users in inhospitable contexts like disaster relief or battlefield require that the communication between those mobile users is as effective and efficient as possible. To facilitate such communication, a highly available communication platform is required. This article envisions that Mobile Ad-hoc Networks (MA...
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The construction temporary facilities layout planning (CTFLP) requires an identification of necessary construction temporary facilities (CTFs), candidate locations and a layout of CTFs at candidate locations. This study proposes a decision making system to decide on an appropriate CTFLP in large-scale construction projects to improve the operation...
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The construction temporary facilities layout planning (CTFLP) is important and complex in large-scale construction projects. During the CTFLP process, the general contractor has conflicts with many subcontractors regarding other pre-planning tasks, such as the transport routes planning (TRP). The resolution of the conflicts is crucial and this stud...
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The purpose of this article is to propose a framework of Social Impact Project Finance (SIPF) for financing infrastructure projects. In the framework, public sector commits to pay performance-based yield for improved services, which in turn motivate private investor to better construct and manage infrastructure assets. By embedding social impact pe...
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Governments are producing significant public data that, if made open, is expected to create enormous social and commercial value as well as improve the civil governance. Unleashing the true power of open public data requires a much better understanding of its ecosystem than is known currently. This paper surveys the global open data landscape by ta...
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According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2013 around three hundred deaths occurred in the US construction industry due to exposure to hazardous environment. A study of international safety regulations suggests that lack of oxygen and temperature extremes contribute to hazardous work environments particularly in confined spaces. Real-tim...
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According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2013 around three hundred deaths occurred in the US construction industry due to exposure to hazardous environment. A study of international safety regulations suggests that lack of oxygen and temperature extremes contribute to hazardous work environments particularly in confined spaces. Real-tim...
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Monitoring the operational efficiency of construction equipment offers great opportunities to enhance not only the productivity but also the environmental performance of construction operations. However, existing enabling technologies still suffer from a lack of economic feasibility, as well as technological compatibility with equipment fleets that...
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Rapid development of motion sensors and video processing has triggered growing attention to action recognition for safety and health analysis, as well as operation analysis, in construction. Specifically for occupational safety and health, worker behavior monitoring allows for the automatic detection of workers' unsafe actions and for feedback on t...
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In most of today's construction projects, disputes are almost inevitable, and the implementation costs associated with dispute resolution are becoming increasingly expensive. One approach to deal with the risk of dispute-related cost overruns is by pooling the risk using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) implementation insurance. This innovative...
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Background For construction management, data collection is a critical process for gathering and measuring information for the evaluation and control of ongoing project performances. Taking into account that construction involves a significant amount of manual work, worker monitoring can play a key role in analyzing operations and improving producti...
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About 80-90% of accidents are caused by the unsafe actions and behaviors of employees in construction. Behavior management thus plays a key role in enhancing safety, and particularly, behavior observation is the most critical element for modifying workers' behavior in a safe manner. However, there is a lack of practical methods to measure workers'...
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It is not unusual to observe that actual schedule and quality performances are different from planned performances (e.g., schedule delay and rework) during a construction project. Such differences often result in production pressure (e.g., being pressed to work faster). Previous studies demonstrated that such production pressure negatively affects...
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Monitoring operational efficiency of construction equipment, which indicates how efficiently construction equipment is utilized, provides key information in reducing air pollutant emissions from equipment use as well as improving the productivity of construction operations. In this paper, we report our efforts to measure the operational efficiency...
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Design errors leading to rework and/or design changes are considered to be the primary contributor to schedule delays and cost overruns in design and construction projects. While design errors are deemed prevalent, most design and construction firms do not measure the number of errors they create, thereby having limited knowledge regarding their me...
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Growing concerns about sustainable development have brought about an urgent need to develop global efforts to mitigate environmental impact. Although construction projects and their related activities consume much energy and generate a significant amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) and other diesel emissions, the efforts to mitigate these emissions rem...
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The efficiency of Urban Search and Rescue operations depends on the supply of appropriate equipment and resources, and an efficient damage assessment facilitates deployment of these resources. This paper presents an Information Technology (IT) supported system for on-site data collection to communicate structural condition, track search and rescue...
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Accurate and efficient tracking, analysis and visualization of as-built (actual) status of buildings under construction are critical components of a successful project monitoring. Such information directly supports control decision-making and if automated, can significantly impact management of a project. This paper presents a new automated approac...
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Identification of network linkages through direct observation of human interaction has long been a staple of network analysis. It is, however, time consuming and labor intensive when undertaken by human observers. This paper describes the development and validation of a two-stage methodology for automating the identification of network links from d...
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First responders, including structural engineers and firefighters, inspect buildings and identify the structural integrity of buildings within a disaster affected area. The performance of their inspection and dissemination of the assessment information are critical to Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) operations. This paper presents an innovative appr...
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About 80-90% of accidents are strongly associated with workers' unsafe behavior. Despite the importance of worker behavior measurement, it has not been applied actively in practice due to its time-consuming and painstaking associated tasks. For measuring and analyzing worker behavior, vision-based motion capture has recently been proposed as an eme...
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With growing concern about global warming and climate change, the construction industry, as a major contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, has begun to realize its essential role in improving the environment by reducing emissions through the life cycle of buildings and infrastructure. In the meanwhile, despite conflicting scientific evidenc...
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Construction operations are highly energy-intensive and generate a significant amount of air pollutant emissions, including carbon emissions. Controlling the operational efficiency of equipment is key to managing and improving the environmental performance of construction operations. However, efforts to improve environmental performance are limited...
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Workers' unsafe actions are likely to result in injuries and are regarded as precursors of incidents. Behavior measurement can thus be used to evaluate safety performance and prevent serious accidents. However, the time-consuming task involved in field observation has made it difficult to monitor workers' behavior on a jobsite. To address this limi...
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This paper presents a mobile workstation chariot (MWC) that enables first responders and civil engineers to undertake initial disaster reconnaissance and damage assessment operations by quickly traversing hazardous terrain and through provisioning of a necessary computing infrastructure to support real time communication with the command center. Th...
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Construction processes are highly energy-intensive and account for a large share of carbon emissions. Construction stakeholders increasingly need to voluntarily measure and publicly report their carbon emissions from large-scale construction projects. This paper will present a framework to assess carbon emissions and carbon reduction opportunities...
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This paper presents a framework for monitoring and visualizing the emissions from the construction equipments. Construction and its related activities are responsible for a great share of total annual air pollutants and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions resulting from fossil fuel combustion engines. Our goal is to develop a framework that allows furt...
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In a design and construction project, non-value-adding effort (NVAE; also called non-value-adding activities) is wasted effort that could have been avoided if the project had been more carefully planned, executed, monitored, and controlled. NVAE is considered the main contributor to schedule delays and cost overruns in design and construction proje...
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During disaster response, prioritization of limited resources is one of the most important but challenging tasks. At the same time, it is imperative to timely provide to the rescuers with the adequate heavy equipment to facilitate lifesaving operations. However, supply of high demand equipment is usually insufficient during the initial phase of dis...
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The significant advancement in digital imaging and widespread popularity of digital cameras for capturing a comprehensive visual record of construction performance in the architecture, engineering, construction, and facility management (AEC/FM) industries have triggered an extensive growth in the rate of site photography, allowing hundreds of image...
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After a disaster hits an urban area, well-organized response operations are required to efficiently mitigate the chaotic situation. Efficient distribution of resources, such as heavy construction equipment, is critical to urban search and rescue operations. The efficiency of these lifesaving operations depends on the delivery of required resources....
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This paper proposes an automated method for monitoring changes of 3D building elements using unordered photo collections as well as Building Information Models (BIM) that pertain information about geometry and relationships of elements. This task is particularly challenging as existing construction photographs are taken under different lighting and...
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After an eXtreme Event (XE) hits an urban area, well-organized response operations are required to mitigate the chaotic situation. Efficient allocation of resources such as construction equipment is critical to the performance of disaster response operations. This paper presents a Geographic Information System (GIS) based framework that facilitates...
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Purpose Construction activities, particularly related to transportation, have a considerable impact on the environment and air quality. This paper aims to present a geographic information systems (GIS) and computer‐aided design (CAD)‐based approach for visualizing, communicating and analysing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from constructi...
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In the construction industry, the unsafe actions and behavior of workers are the most significant causes of accidents. Measurement of worker behavior thus can be used as a positive indicator in assessing safety management and preventing accidents. The monitoring of worker behavior, however, has not been applied to safety management in practice due...
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During disaster response, it is imperative to timely provide the rescuers with the adequate equipment to facilitate lifesaving operations. However, in the case of the 9-11 terrorist attacks for example, supply of high demand equipment was insufficient during the initial phase of disaster response, challenging lifesaving operations. Prioritization o...
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In construction projects the implementation of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques requires capital expenditures to cover related costs such as fees and expenses paid to the owner's/contractor's employees, lawyers, claims consultants, third party neutrals, and other experts associated with the resolution process. Since most projects tod...
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Accurate and rapid assessment of the as-built status on any construction site provides the opportunity to understand the current performance of a project easily and quickly. Rapid project assessment further identifies discrepancies between the as-built and as-planned progress, and facilitates decision making on the necessary remedial actions. Curre...
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The complicated nature of interior construction works makes the detailed progress monitoring challenging. Current interior construction progress monitoring methods involve submission of periodic reports and are constrained by their reliance on manually intensive processes and limited support for recording visual information. Recent advances in imag...
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Construction operations have a tremendous impact upon both the environment and public health due to the generation of significant amounts of airborne emissions, including greenhouse gases and other traditional criteria air pollutants. Quantifying emissions in the pre-planning phase of construction operations is the first step in identifying mitigat...
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Well-depicted baseline, systematic data collection, rigorous comparison of the as-planned and as-built progress and effective presentation of measured deviations are key ingredients for effective project control. Existing construction progress monitoring techniques are constrained by their reliance on ad-hoc approaches. This chapter presents advanc...
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The efficiency of Urban Search and Rescue operations depends on the supply of appropriate equipment and resources, and an efficient damage assessment facilitates deployment of these resources. This paper presents an Information Technology (IT) supported system for on-site data collection to communicate structural condition, track search and rescue...
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Accurate and efficient tracking, analysis and visualization of the as-built status of projects are critical components of a successful project monitoring. Such information directly supports control decision-making and if automated, can significantly impact management of a project. In this paper, we describe an innovative automated approach for reco...
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Excessive amount of human-made Green House Gas (GHG) emission in recent years has caused a major global warming problem; yet in the past two decades or so, their adversarial effects are better sensed and reported. The construction industry and its related activities are major producers of these emissions. Despite their contribution, there have been...
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One of the keys to successful safety management is establishing a strong safety culture within a company. Because workers' behavior is influenced by the workers themselves, by their supervisors, and even by the top managers, understanding the dynamics among them is beneficial for establishing and sustaining a culture of safety on a project. To mode...
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Efficient request and deployment of resources such as construction equipment is vital to urban search and rescue operations during emergency response. Based on the lessons learned in recent disasters, collecting, prioritizing and distributing of resources are urgent to life-saving operations. Construction equipment is required for shoring of struct...
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Since most projects today operate on tight budgets, one way to ease the potential for variations from budget is to price Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques as an insurance product, which allows the project participants to transfer the risk of incurring unexpected high ADR cost during construction phase to the insurance company. Despite...
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Under the fast-developing carbon trading market, the construction industry needs to mitigate carbon emissions from construction processes. Among various construction processes, tunnel construction produces a significant amount of carbon emissions, since it utilizes various types of high energy-consuming equipment. In order to identify and mitigate...
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This paper presents an information-technology-based collaboration framework that facilitates disaster response operations. The collaboration framework incorporates a web collaboration service, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, a building blackbox system (BBS), a geo-database, and a geographic information system (GIS). Through the integrat...
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This paper discusses how recent developments in context-awareness and wireless computing can be used to support teaching and learning in built environment. It starts with a brief overview of context-aware computing and presents a system architecture that facilitates context capture, context integration, and delivery of context-relevant teaching and...
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Emissions from construction equipment are the main contributor of environmental impacts from construction processes, and mitigating these impacts is an important aspect of operations design and planning. To this end, emission estimation models play an important role in environmental management of construction operations. This paper presents an emis...
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Field construction can be planned, monitored, and controlled at two distinct levels: (1) the activity or schedule level; and (2) the operation or process level. Graphical three-dimensional (3D) visualization can serve as an effective communication method at both levels. Many research efforts in visualizing construction are rooted in scheduling. The...
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Efficient request and deployment of critical resources for urban search and rescue operations is vital to emergency response. This paper presents a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) supported system for on-site data collection to communicate structural condition, to track search and rescue status, and to request and allocate appropriate resourc...
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Demographics are shifting. People are living longer and are expecting a higher quality of life than previous generations. Over a typical lifespan we will develop a range of disabilities, which are no longer perceived as a barrier to having a good quality of life. User expectation of products is growing which suggests a balanced approach to function...
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This paper presents a new technology and a systematic approach for disaster response and recovery of Critical Physical Infrastructures (CPIs). Our suggested approach is based on using a Mobile Workstation Chariot (MWC) assembled on Segway personal transporter which supports both horizontal and vertical real-time visual data capture and transmission...
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Identifying the environmental impact of construction operations would be the first step to implement environmentally sustainable construction operations. To this end, it is essential to reliably estimate the emissions from construction equipment, which account for the largest share for the total impacts of construction operations. This paper presen...
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Because workers' behavior and attitudes toward safety are crucial factors affecting the likelihood of construction accidents, traditionally, surveys have been taken or field observations conducted at a site to measure the safety climate. Although most accidents are directly or indirectly related to persons' unsafe acts, such traditional methods hav...
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The ability to effectively communicate progress information and represent as-built and as-planned progress discrepancies are identified as key components for successful project management that allow corrective decisions to be made in a timely manner. However, current formats of reporting e.g., textual progress reports, progress curves, and photogra...