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Subject/Keyword
Quantity Takeoff
Material Optimization
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Zhao, Hongru
Supervisor and department
Mohamed Al-Hussein (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Ahmed Bouferguene (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Marwan El-Rich (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Mohamed Al-Hussein (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
SangUk Han (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Ahmed Bouferguene (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Department
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Specialization
Construction Engineering & Management
Date accepted
2015-09-11T13:33:11Z
Graduation date
2015-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Quantity takeoff is repetitive work in the modular construction industry. The current process, which is typically carried out manually, is time consuming and error-prone. This thesis proposes a methodology to automate the quantity takeoff process. The central aim of this research is to create a bridge between the building information modelling (BIM) 3D model and a database that can be used to hold data extracted from the model. This bridge allows the automatic transfer of material quantities from the BIM model to the database. Another issue associated with residential construction is material waste, especially for 1D and 2D framing materials, which is caused by insufficient planning of cutting processes. Hence, this thesis also presents a methodology to optimize material usage (focusing on lumber and sheathing). 1D and 2D materials are extracted from the BIM 3D model and then organized in order to establish optimized lumber and sheathing cutting plans.
Language
English
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doi:10.7939/R34T6FB5X
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