Towards Developing an Ontology for Earthwork Operations

Alhusain Taher, Faridaddin Vahdatikhaki, Amin Hammad

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    In a typical construction project, a significant amount of information is communicated to various stakeholders at different phases of the project lifecycle. The communication of this information tends to be informal and ad-hoc in the majority of the cases, which makes it more susceptible to loss of information or misinterpretation. Earthwork operations, which are one of the main operations of construction projects, also struggle with the challenge of effective information communication. There is an apparent shortcoming regarding the unified structure for data and information exchange in this domain. The existing models and ontologies do not address the explicit semantic representation of the earthwork operations. Accordingly, there is a need for a knowledge model to formalize the communication of information in an efficient manner. An ontological model can be used to organize the domain knowledge so that it can be utilized and reused by the stakeholders, e.g., project managers, designers, etc. This paper purposes a framework to develop an ontology for earthwork operations to support and enhance data exchange and communication among different stakeholders in the project. The main objectives of this paper are (1) to formalize the knowledge in the earthwork domain, and (2) to build an ontology that captures this formalization. The ultimate result of this ontology, which is demonstrated by means of a case study, is to facilitate the development of data standards that can be shared in actual projects to accelerate project execution.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputing in Civil Engineering 2017
    Subtitle of host publicationSmart Safety, Sustainability, and Resilience
    EditorsKen-Yu Lin, Nora El-Gohary, Pingbo Tang
    PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
    ISBN (Print)9780784480847
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, IWCCE 2017 - Cedarbrook Lodge, Seattle, United States
    Duration: 25 Jun 201727 Jun 2017


    ConferenceASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, IWCCE 2017
    Abbreviated titleIWCCE
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


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