CE 497/592: Building Information Modeling in ConstructionThe objective of this course is to help students understand how BIM is used in construction. BIM is more than a 3D modeling tool. It can model construction schedule (referred as 4D), cost (referred as 5D), and more! Therefore, many construction companies use BIM for planning and controls (a.k.a. construction management), which is the focus of this course. Students learn how BIM can support short-term planning during construction. This course teaches how to work with a BIM model rather than drafting one from scratch. Students are sent to construction sites, where they observe physical progress and create 4D as-built BIM models.
CE/CS/ECE 592: Design of a Robotic Computer Vision System for Autonomous NavigationCo-instructors: Edgar Lobaton and Tianfu (Matt) Wu of ECE
This project-oriented course aims to develop an outdoor robotic system capable of autonomous navigation using visual sensors. This autonomous platform will lead to various applications that will automate the management of our infrastructure systems. This platform will be built around Clearpath’s Huksy platform. Hardware design including the integration of embedded platforms, sensors and networking will be performed. Software development will include design of a simulation environment, integration of visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithms, and design of feedback and motion planning strategies. As a final outcome, these components will be incorporated into a single platform that will navigate autonomously on an outdoor scene by building a map of the scene and following a trajectory generated automatically from a user-defined target destination.