Analyzing context and productivity of tunnel earthmoving processes using imaging and simulation

Hongjo Kim, Seongdeok Bang, Hoyoung Jeong, Youngjib Ham, Hyoungkwan Kim

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This study presents an integrated method of construction-process simulation and vision-based context reasoning for productivity analysis of an earthmoving process in a tunnel. Convolutional networks are used to detect construction equipment in the tunnel CCTV video and the context of the earthmoving process is inferred by the context reasoning process. The construction equipment detection model exhibited enhanced performance, with a mean average precision of 99.09%, and the error rate of the estimated context information was only 1.6% of the actual earthmoving context measured by a human. The estimated context information was used as an input for the WebCYCLONE simulation to generate a productivity and cost analysis report. Sensitivity analysis regarding construction equipment provided a new equipment allocation plan that could reduce the cost of the current earthmoving process by 12.25%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-198
Number of pages11
JournalAutomation in Construction
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP; Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, No. 2011-0030040 and No. 2018R1A2B2008600 ), and the Yonsei University Research Fund (Yonsei Frontier Lab. Young Researcher Supporting Program) of 2018.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Elsevier B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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