Dr. Yihai Fang

Dr. Yihai Fang

Lecturer in Construction Engineering and Management
Department of Civil Engineering
Room 153, 23 College Walk (B60), Clayton Campus

Dr Yihai Fang is a Lecturer in Construction Engineering and Management at the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University.  He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA in 2016. Then, he worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the College of Design, Construction and Planning at the University of Florida, USA. Yihai has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of construction automation, sensing and visualisation, and Building Information Modelling (BIM). Yihai‘s research interests include Intelligent and Automated Construction, Cyber-physical Systems (CPS), and Construction Safety and Human Factors. 

Qualifications

  • Ph.D, Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, 2016
  • B.Sc, Civil Engineering, Tongji University, China, 2011

Academic appointments:

Monash University, Australia                                                         Aug 2017 – Present
Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL                                                       Jan – Jul 2017
Postdoctoral Associate, College of Design, Construction and Planning

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA                    Aug 2011 – Dec 2016
Graduate Research Assistant, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

 Professional certifications:

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30-hour Certificate  – May 2012
  • Certificate of 12 Professional Development Hours, Construction Industry Institute (CII) – Dec 2011

Honors and awards:

  • Georgia Tech Graduate Conference Fund – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Graduate Student Demonstration, IWCCE, the University of Texas at Austin – Summer 2015
  • “Health” challenge Award, AEC 2014, Stanford University – Spring 2014

Active Reviewer for Journals

  • ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
  • ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering
  • Journal of Automation in Construction
  • Journal of Advanced Engineering Informatics

 

Research Interests

Dr. Fang’ research interests include Intelligent and Automated Construction, Cyber-physical Systems (CPS) in Construction Environment, and Construction Safety and Human Factors.

Research Projects

Current projects

BIM-based Cyber-physical Systems for Intelligent Crane Operation in Complex and Dynamic Environments

The execution of construction project requires multiple interdependent actors to work synergistically in ever-changing and space constrained environments. A compelling demonstration of such scenario is crane lift operations. Cranes are an indispensable component in building and infrastructure construction
that are responsible for transporting materials and equipment from delivery trucks or laydown areas to their installation locations. This project aims to develop a novel Building Information Modelling-based Cyber-Physical System (BIM-CPS) for intelligent crane lifting operation in complex and dynamic construction environments.

Past projects

Real-time Safety Assistance to Improve Operators' Situational Awareness in Crane Lifting Operations

Funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), USA

Advanced Blind Lift Safety Using Crane Motion Sensors and Real-time Visualization

Funded by Chevron’s Energy Technology Company (ETC), USA

Best Management Practices for the Storage of Historic Steel Trusses

Funded by Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), USA

Peer-reviewed journal publications

Fang, Y., Chen, J., Cho, Y., Kim, K., Zhang, S., and Perez. E. (2018). “Vision-based Load Sway Monitoring to Improve Crane Safety in Blind Lifts.” Journal of Structural Integrity and Maintenance. [Link]

Kan, C., Fang, Y., Anumba, C. and Messner, J. (2018). “Real-time Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) for Planning and Monitoring Mobile Crane.” ICE Journal of Management, Procurement and Law. [Link]

Chen, J., Fang, Y., and Cho, Y.K. (2018) “Performance Evaluation of 3D Descriptors for Object Recognition in Construction Applications.” Journal of Automation in Construction. [Link]

Fang, Y., Cho, Y.K., Durso, F.T., and Seo, J. (2018) “Measuring Operator’s Situation Awareness for Smart Operation of Cranes.” Journal of Automation in Construction. [Link]

Chen J., Fang, Y., and Cho, Y. K. (2017). “Real-Time 3D Crane Workspace Update Using a Hybrid Visualization Approach.” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. [Link]

Fang, Y. and Cho, Y. K. (2016). “Effectiveness Analysis from a Cognitive Perspective for a Real-time Safety Assistance Systems for Mobile Crane Lifting Operation.”  Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. [Link]

Fang, Y., Cho, Y. K., and Chen, J. (2016). “A Framework for Real-time Pro-active Safety Assistance for Mobile Crane Lifting Operations.” Journal of Automation in Construction. [Link] 

Chen, J., Fang, Y., and Cho, Y. K. (2016). “Principal Axes Descriptor (PAD) for Automated Construction Equipment Classification.” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. [Link] 

Leite. F., Cho, Y., Behzadan, A., Lee, S., Choe, S., Fang, Y., Akhavian, R., Hwang, S. (2016). “Visualization, Information Modeling and Simulation Grand Challenges in the Construction Industry.” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. [Link]

Fang, Y., Cho, Y. K., Zhang, S., and Perez. E. (2015). “Case Study of BIM and Cloud–Enabled Real-Time RFID Indoor Localization for Construction Management Applications.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. [Link]

Teizer, J., Cheng, T., and Fang, Y. (2013). “Location Tracking and Data Visualization Technology to Advance Construction Ironworkers’ Education and Training in Safety and Productivity.” Journal of Automation in Construction. [Link]

Peer-reviewed conference publications

Fang, Y., Chen, J., Cho, Y., Zhang, S., and Perez. E. (2018). “Enhancing Blind Lift Safety on Offshore Platforms through Real-time Sensing and Visualization” 18th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (ConVR). [Link]

Park, J., Kim, P., Cho, Y., Fang, Y. (2018). “Automated Collaboration Framework of UAV and UGV for 3D Visualization of Construction Sites” 18th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (ConVR). [Link]

Kan, C., Zhang, P., Fang Y., Anumba, C., and Messner, J (2018). “A Taxonomic Analysis of Mobile Crane-related Incidents in Construction Industry for CPS-based Simulation.” 17th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE). [Link]

Fang, Y., Roofigari-Esfahan, N., and Anumba, C (2018). “A Knowledge-based Cyber-Physical System (CPS) Architecture for Informed Decision Making in Construction” 2018 Construction Research Congress. [Link]

Kan, C., Fang, Y., and Anumba, C (2018). “Use of Analytical Tools to Mitigate Mobile Crane-related Failures.” 2018 Construction Research Congress. [Link]

Fang, Y. and Cho, Y. K. (2017). “Measuring Crane Operators’ Performance and Situation Awareness during Lifting Operations.” The 34th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC).  [Link]

Chen, J., Fang, Y. and Cho, Y. K. (2017). “Unsupervised Recognition of Volumetric Structural Components from Building Point Clouds.” 2017 International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE). [Link]

Chen, J., Fang, Y. and Cho, Y. K. (2017). “Mobile Asset Tracking for Dynamic 3D Crane Workspace Generation in Real Time.” 2017 International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE). [Link]

Fang, Y. and Cho, Y. K. (2016). “Real-time Visualization of Crane Lifting Operation in Virtual Reality.” 16th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (CONVR), 318-326. [Link]

Fang, Y. and Cho, Y. K. (2016). “A Framework for Lift Virtual Prototyping (LVP) Approach for Crane Safety Planning.” The 33rd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC), 291-297. [Link]

Fang, Y., Chen, J., Cho, Y. K., and Zhang, P. (2016). “A Point Cloud-Vision Hybrid Approach for 3D Location Tracking of Mobile Construction Assets.” The 33rd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC), 621-628. [Link]

Chen, J., Fang, Y., and Cho, Y. K. (2016). “Automated Equipment Recognition and Classification from Scattered Point Clouds for Construction Management Applications.” The 33rd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC), 218-225. [Link]

Fang, Y. and Cho, Y. K. (2015). “Advance Crane Lifting Safety through Real-time Crane Motion Monitoring and Visualization.” The 6th International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management (ICCEPM), 321-323. [Link]

Fang, Y. and Cho, Y. K. (2015). “Analyzing Construction Workers’ Recognition of Hazards by Estimating Visual Focus of Attention.” The 6th International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management (ICCEPM), 248-251. [Link]

Fang, Y. and Cho, Y. K. (2015). “Crane Load Positioning and Sway Monitoring Using Inertial Measurement Unit.” 2017 International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE 2015), 700-707. [Link]

Fang, Y. and Teizer, J. (2014). “A Multi-User Virtual 3D Training Environment to Advance Collaboration among Crane Operator and Ground Personnel in Blind Lifts.” 15th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE 2014), 2071-2078. [Link]

Fang, Y., Teizer, J. and Marks, E. (2014). “A Framework for Developing an As-built Virtual Environment to Advance Training of Crane Operators.” Construction Research Congress, 31-40. [Link]

Technical report

White, D.W., Teizer, J., Fang, Y., and Nguyen, T.V. (2013). “Best Management Practices for Storage of Historic Metal Truss Bridges.” Federal Highway Administration, No. FHWAGA-14-1205. [Link]

Book Chapter

Beatty, R., Eastman, C., Kim, K., and Fang, Y. (2013). “Case Study 2: Texas A&M Health Science Center – A Case Study of BIM and COBie.” BIM for Facility Managers, Elsevier, 164-184. [Link]

 

2018-2019: Monash Infrastructure (MI) Interdisciplinary Research Seed Fund, “A Security-aware and Contractually Supported Framework for Data Management in Building Information Modelling (BIM)”, AUD 50,000

2018-2019: Monash Faculty of Engineering Seed Fund, “BIM-based Cyber-physical Systems for Intelligent Crane Operation in Complex and Dynamic Environments”, AUD 26,000

Supervision

PHD

Yizhe Wang
2019

Songbo Hu
2018

Teaching Commitments

  • ENG 1021 - Spatial Communication in Engineering
  • CIV 5899 - Infrastructure Information Management
Last modified: January 17, 2019