The use of cyber-physical systems in temporary structures - An exploratory study

Xiao Yuan, M. Kevin Parfitt, Chimay J. Anumba

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Abstract

The construction industry has had a high record of structural failures and safety problems for decades. Some of these relate to the inadequacy or instability of temporary structures. In many cases, these structures are regarded as static structures without appropriate monitoring of temporal changes in their stability. Developments in information and communications technologies, notably the advent of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), are changing the way in which structures are monitored. While significant deployments are being made in the structural health monitoring of constructed facilities, such as bridges, dams and other civil infrastructure, inadequate attention has been paid to temporary structures. With the bidirectional coordination possible between physical artefacts and their virtual representations, CPS offer an approach that can facilitate the monitoring and active control of temporary structures in such a way as to prevent structural failures and safety hazards on the job site. This paper reviews the key features of CPS, examines current CPS applications in the built environment and analyzes the applicability, potential benefits and barriers for CPS application to temporary structures. It identifies the promising application areas, and discusses how CPS could be applied in these contexts and the potential benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputing in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering
EditorsR. Raymond Issa, Ian Flood
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages1707-1714
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780784413616
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014
Event2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2014Jun 25 2014

Publication series

NameComputing in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering

Other

Other2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period6/23/146/25/14

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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Yuan, X., Parfitt, M. K., & Anumba, C. J. (2014). The use of cyber-physical systems in temporary structures - An exploratory study. In R. R. Issa, & I. Flood (Eds.), Computing in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (pp. 1707-1714). (Computing in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784413616.212