Bio-Aggregate Based Construction Materials for Sustainable Farm Buildings

This research aims in utilizing agriculture wastes in production of sustainable eco-friendly construction materials for farms building. The mechanical and durability performance of the proposed eco-friendly construction material exposed to the aggressive agriculture environment will be evaluated. The research will investigate the effects of different factors mainly related to physical properties of used wastes and binding materials.

Use of XR to address coordination challenges in construction projects

Building design is a complex and iterative process that requires collaboration between designers from numerous disciplines. Quality of design has a direct impact on the project success and poor-quality designs are the leading cause of project delays, reworks, and cost overruns. This research aims to improve the quality of design by focussing on two themes: addressing the design coordination issues faced and getting design inputs related to constructability and maintainability from relevant end-users.

Energy and Seismic Retrofit of Buildings

In Canada, being one of the coldest countries in the world, buildings consume about 40% of national energy demand and in the western part of the country, particularly on Vancouver Island, many buildings do not meet current seismic code requirements. Hence, simultaneous building energy and seismic retrofit options can produce significant savings for building occupants and also help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, earthquake damage potential and associated environmental impacts.

Decision Support System to Manage and Forecast Final Project Costs

Managing construction projects can be a challenging task as they are subject to change and comprised of numerous work packages. Understanding project outputs in the early phases of a project can assist project managers to make informed decisions and take timely corrective actions to deliver projects on-time and on-budget. In the applicant's doctoral research project, a Markov model was developed to enhance the accuracy of project cost forecasting through the integration of historical performance data.

An Agile monitoring tool integrating risk, safety, and digital data infrastructure management - Year two

An innovative tool is proposed to integrate agile risk, alert, team, safety, and digital data infrastructure management into a Micro Engineering Tech Inc. (METI) current structural health monitoring system (SHM), mobile mapping system (MMS), and building information modeling (BIM) that will be called Agile Monitoring Tool. Agile Monitoring Tool includes a comprehensive project management software (CPMS) package that consists of three systems as follows. First is an SHM; the structure health monitoring development was originally part of a past successful R&D project. Second is a MMS.

Bridge inspection and lab testing for determining performance of concrete bridges

This research work will collect data from various concrete bridges to determine the structural heath of the bridges. These data will be analysed, and a report will be provided to MEDA Engineering & Technical Services with recommendation on rehabilitation and strengthening actions needed for various components of these bridges. This research project will also develop a new strengthening technique for bridge girders that are weak in transferring shear load. A postdoctoral fellow will be hired to execute this project with the supervision of Dr.

Digital twin framework for modular residential construction systems

In order to address issues with affordable housing, new innovative approaches to construction are being developed which require customized feedback using smart data solutions. This research aims to develop the necessary software and hardware configuration to enable designers to optimize their decision making in design, construction and operations of single-unit and multi-unit residential buildings.

Experimental investigation of dowel laminated panels reinforced with steel threaded bars under weak axis bending

StructureCraft Ltd is a renowned Canadian company for its quality mass timber products and ability to fabricate complex design. The company proposed a new methodology for reinforcing dowel laminated timber panels while the performance is yet to be investigated experimentally. The proposed research here will investigate the performance of this methodology under experimental tests. Both the standard loading and long-term loading conditions will be considered.

Net Zero Energy Strategies and Quick Assessment Tool for multiunit residential buildings (MURBs) in Toronto

Buildings are responsible for a third of the total carbon emissions worldwide. Net zero building is a type of building that produces as much energy as it consumes, and it has a great potential for energy and carbon reductions. This research aims to study how multiunit residential buildings (MURBs) (e.g. condominiums) in Toronto can become net zero, as well as to create a simple tool in order to quickly assess whether becoming net zero is feasible. The partner organizations are among the leaders in pushing the residential development industry to higher energy performance standards.

Low-Velocity Sprayed Mortar and Shotcrete: Equivalent Repair Methods?

There is an increasing level of confusion in the industry with regards to the proper identification, use and specification of Pneumatically Applied Concrete (PAC). Indeed, it appears that many job-sites may have, over the last few years, allowed the use of Low Velocity Sprayed Mortar (LVSM) in situations where it was not appropriate, and where shotcrete would have better met the technical requirements of the specifications. No technical documentation and information are available to demonstrate if LVSM is adequate for (structural) repair applications.