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Qingbin Cui and Makarand Hastak

Contractor’S Bidding Decision Making Through Agent Learning: A System Dynamics Model

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Ruggiero Lovreglio, Vicente Gonzalez, Robert Amor, Michael Spearpoint, Jared Thomas, Margaret Trotter and Rafael Sacks

The Need for Enhancing Earthquake Evacuee Safety by Using Virtual Reality Serious Games

Abstract: Enhancing evacuee safety is a key factor in reducing the number of injuries and deaths that result from earthquakes. This can be achieved by designing safer buildings taking into account behavioral factors and by training occupants. However, traditional approaches such as evacuation drills cannot be used in buildings in which occupants cannot easily leave the building (e.g. hospitals). In addition, these traditional approaches may not provide the intended learning outcomes and do not allow for the investigation of the impact of multiple evacuation factors on behavior. Virtual Reality (VR) and Serious Games (SG), i.e. games having education (in its various forms) as the primary goal, represent novel and effective alternatives to overcome the limitations of traditional approaches.We discuss the advantages and limitations of using VR SGs to investigate how building occupants behave during earthquake evacuations and to train building occupants to cope with such emergencies. We explore the key design components to develop the VR SG framework namely (a) what features constitute an earthquake event; (b) which types of buildings can be selected and how they should be represented within the VR environment; (c) how damage to the building is to be determined and represented; (d) what factors need to be included for agent behavior in earthquakes; and (e) what level of interaction should there be between agents and the human players. We highlight the important aspects that need to be addressed in further research to effectively develop VR SG tools for earthquake evacuation training.

Keywords: Serious Game, Virtual Reality, Earthquake Evacuation, Human Behavior, Occupant Training

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24928/JC3-2017/0058

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S Ahn, SH Lee

Enhancing the Credibility of Agent-Based Model for the Study of Workers' Group Behavior by Comparing Simulation Data with Survey Data

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S Attallah, A Kandil, A Senoucy, H Alderham, E Elwakil

Modeling Impact of Sustainability Policies in Qatar using Agent Based Approach and Life Cycle Analysis

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S H H Nourzad, D D Salvucci, A Pradhan

Computational Modeling of Driver Distraction by Integrating Cognitive and Agent-Based Traffic Simulation Models

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S O Attallah, A Kandil, A Senouci, H Al-Derham, H Cai, M El-Gafy

An Agent-based Modeling and Life Cycle Analysis Based Approach for Enhancing Construction Sustainability in Qatar

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T Jeerangsuwan, A Kandil

Agent-Based Model Architecture for Mesoscopic Traffic Simulations

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Tibaut A, Rebolj D

More knowledge for less complex product models

Abstract: Emerging digital interoperability causes pressure and uncertainity within the labor-intensive industries. This is particularly true for construction industry. Therefore ITC faces great challenges. One of the most teasing challenges is the problem of transparent data exchange within product lifecycle. Data exchange based on concepts like data import/export, single standard agreement and common scheme does not perform satisfactory. In the paper integration through repository of concepts - ontologies within application domain is promoted. Manipulation of concepts is based on logical derivations of explicit knowledge. Integration issues that arise in a federation of heterogeneous data sources, possible storing related information, are investigated. Using our approach it is possible to compose a product model from heterogeneous data sources. We also suggest the use of a multi-agent system where agents take care for queries from multiple sources.

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Permission to reproduce these documents have been graciously provided by the Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark. The assistnace of the editor, Prof. Kristian Agger, is gratefully aprecciated.


Torsten Fahrig, Manfred Krafczyk, Bjørn Nachtwey and Jonas Tölke

Enhanced Computational HVAC Simulationsusing Software Agent Technology

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Turk Z

Software agents and robots in construction:an outlook

Abstract: The rapid growth of the World Wide Web (Web) has spawned some rather new technologies forhandling the vast amount of information available there. Services like Yahoo, AltaVista and Virtual SoftwareLibrary use web crawling robots and agents to gather the information. Construction information processes havemany similarities to the Internet - both are fragmented, there are numerous information sources and theinformation is poorly structured. We have successfully applied similar technologies that have proven themselveson the Internet to handle construction information. Custom robots and an agent-enabled database have beendeveloped and have been used in the on-going research projects. They have proven useful on the globalconstruction scope of a construction virtual library, on a narrower national scope of regulation managementand on the project level to manage documents. The paper identifies the problems, introduces the technologies,demonstrates how they were used in construction context and concludes that in a client-server environment suchas the Internet or an intranet, agent technology is an important building block of CIC environments.

Keywords: construction information technology, computerization of building regulations, documentmanagement, virtual libraries, Internet, intranet, agent, robot, database.

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