Subscribe Now Subscribe Today
Research Article

Construction Project Control in Virtual Reality: A Case Study

Guo-Cheng Li , Lie-Yun Ding and Jing-Tao Wang
Facebook Twitter Digg Reddit Linkedin StumbleUpon E-mail

The construction process is a very complex undertaking. Achieving an effective control for the construction project is very difficult. A Virtual Construction Project Control System (VCPCS) is presented in this study and applied to a practical construction project in Shanghai, China, say, Chia-Tai Mall. VCPCS is the first Virtual Reality (VR) system for a large-scale real construction project in China. In the system, various execution strategies of Chia-Tai Mall construction are tested and the optimal construction plan is obtained. This optimal construction plan does not only ensure the construction duration the shortest, but also reduces the cost significantly for the contractors. Moreover, VCPCS also is very helpful for reasonably arranging human, material and financial resource as the need of construction schedule and effectively managing the construction site. The proposed VCPCS will enable the project team to undertake inexpensive rehearsals of major construction process and test various execution strategies in a near reality sense, prior to the actual start of construction. Therefore, some irrational steps in the original construction intents are found out and revised, until the field technicians expertly gain mastery to the optimal construction plan. Thus, VCPCS reduces the construction risk and ensures the safety of the field construction.

Related Articles in ASCI
Similar Articles in this Journal
Search in Google Scholar
View Citation
Report Citation

  How to cite this article:

Guo-Cheng Li , Lie-Yun Ding and Jing-Tao Wang , 2006. Construction Project Control in Virtual Reality: A Case Study. Journal of Applied Sciences, 6: 2724-2732.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2006.2724.2732


1:  Abudayyeh, O., B. Temel, H. Al-Tabtabai and B. Hurley, 2001. An Intranet-based cost control system. Adv. Eng. Software, 32: 87-94.
CrossRef  |  Direct Link  |  

2:  Ahmed, F.W. and Y.T. Walid, 2003. A Virtual construction environment for preconstruction planning. Automat. Construct., 2: 139-154.
Direct Link  |  

3:  Al-Jibouri, S., 2002. Effects of resource management regimes on project schedule. J. Project Manage., 4: 271-277.
CrossRef  |  

4:  Aouad, G., T. Child, F. Marir and P. Brandon, 1997. Developing a virtual reality interface for an integrated project database environment. Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Information Visualization, Aug. 27-29 London, UK., pp: 192-197.

5:  Bennet, J., 1991. International Construction Project Management: General Theory and Practice. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, UK.

6:  Bourdakis, V., 1997. The future of VRML on large urban models. Proceedings of VR-SIG'97 Conference, Nov. 1-1, Brunel, pp: 55-61.

7:  Caneparo, L., 2001. Shared virtual reality for design and management: The Porta Susa project. Automat. Construct., 2: 217-228.
Direct Link  |  

8:  Duffy, G. and V.G. Salvendy, 2000. Concurrent engineering and virtual reality for human resource planning. Comput. Ind., 42: 109-125.
CrossRef  |  Direct Link  |  

9:  Dvir, D., T. Raz and A.J. Shenhar, 2003. An empirical analysis of the relationship between project planning and project success. Int. J. Project Manage., 2: 89-95.
CrossRef  |  

10:  Ellis, R.E., 1994. What are virtual environment. IEEE Comput. Grap. Applic., 14: 17-22.
CrossRef  |  

11:  Ferguson, H. and L. Clayton, 1988. Quality in the Constructed Project: A Guideline for Owners, Designers and Constructors. Vol. 1, ASCE, New York.

12:  Gardiner, P.D. and J.M. Ritchier, 1999. Project planning in a virtual world: Information management metamorphosis or technology going too far. Int. J. Inform. Manage., 6: 485-494.
Direct Link  |  

13:  Hameri, A.P. and R. Puittinen, 2003. WWW-enabled knowledge management for distributed engineering projects. Comput. Ind., 50: 165-177.
CrossRef  |  

14:  ZKumi T. A. and A. Retik, 1997. A library-based 4D visualization of construction processes. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Information Visualization, Aug. 27-29, London, pp: 315-321.

15:  Machover, C. and S.E. Tice, 1994. Virtual reality. IEEE Comput. Graph. Applic., 14: 15-16.

16:  Mohamed, S. and R.A. Stewart, 2003. An empirical investigation of users' perceptions of web-based communication on a construction project. Automat. Construct., 1: 43-53.
CrossRef  |  

17:  Parkinson, B. and P. Hudson, 2002. Extending the learning experience using the Web and a knowledge-based virtual environment. Comput. Educ., 1-3: 95-102.
CrossRef  |  

18:  Retik, A., 1996. Construction project planning: A virtual reality approach. Proceedings of IPMA`96 World Congress on Project Management, (WCPM'1996), Paris, France, pp: 597-605.

19:  Rosenblum, L.J., S. Bryson and S.K. Feiner, 1995. Virtual Reality unbound. IEEE Comput. Grap. Applic., 15: 19-21.
CrossRef  |  

20:  Sawacha, E., 1998. Factors affecting safety performance on construction sites. Int. J. Project Manage., 17: 309-315.
CrossRef  |  Direct Link  |  

21:  Shapira, A. and A. Laufer, 1993. Evolution of involvement and effort in construction planning throughout project life. Int. J. Project Manage., 3: 155-164.

22:  Shelbourn, M., G. Aouad and M. Hoxley, 2001. Multimedia in construction education: New dimensions. Automat. Construct., 10: 265-274.
CrossRef  |  

23:  Sutherland, I.E., 1965. The ultimate display. Proc. IFIP Cong., 2: 506-508.

24:  Sutherland, I.E., 1968. A head mounted three-dimensional display. Proceedings of the December 9-11, 1968, Fall Joint Computer Conference, Part I Dec. 9-11, San Francisco, California, pp: 757-764.

25:  Turner, J.R., 1993. The Handbook of Project Based Management. McGraw-Hill, London.

26:  Turner, J.R. and R. Muller, 2003. On the nature of the project as a temporary organization. Int. J. Project Manage., 21: 1-8.
CrossRef  |  

27:  Whyte, J., N. Bouchlaghem, A. Thorpe and R. McCaffer, 2000. From CAD to virtual reality: Modeling approaches, data exchange and interactive 3D building design tools. Automat. Construct., 10: 43-55.
CrossRef  |  

©  2021 Science Alert. All Rights Reserved