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Paper lc3-2017-314:
Towards a Taxonomy of Cyber-Physical System Applications in Construction

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Nazila Roofigari-Esfahan and Chimay Anumba

Towards a Taxonomy of Cyber-Physical System Applications in Construction

Abstract: Cyber-physical systems (CPS) facilitate the integration of physical processes through offering embedded computation and communication. Through this embedded communication and computation, CPS has the ability to add more intelligence to physical processes and provides effective means for bidirectional coordination between physical entities and their virtual representations. CPS is still considered to be a nascent technology in many industries including construction, and there are many challenges yet to be addressed. However, there is growing interest in this technology and several applications of CPS in improving various construction processes have been proposed in the last few years. This paper classifies current CPS applications presented in the literature for construction projects and accordingly presents a preliminary taxonomy of CPS applications in Construction. To this end, the different components and methods that are required for the application of CPS in construction are characterized and classified and the areas that require further research are identified. It is expected that this taxonomy and its mapping to relevant systems will be highly useful for further development of CPS for improving construction processes.

Keywords: Cyber Physical Systems, Construction, Automation, Computer Integrated Construction, Computer-Aided Design

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24928/JC3-2017/0314

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