Automated checking of building component accessibility for maintenance

Akanmu, Abiola A. and Olayiwola, Johnson and Olatunji, Oluwole Alfred ORCID: (2020) Automated checking of building component accessibility for maintenance. Automation in Construction, 114:103196. pp. 1-10. ISSN 0926-5805


Maintainability is not traditionally considered in the design of buildings. This is partly because design tools seldom facilitate the involvement of facility managers. They do not have rules for checking maintainability either. Consequently, buildings often have components or systems that are challenging to access for maintenance. To access the components, maintenance personnel suffer from falls, bruises, and cuts. This paper presents the development of an automated system for capturing the inputs of facility managers regarding the accessibility of building components for maintenance. The system integrates building information models, Microsoft azure and virtual reality for engaging facility managers in the design phase. The functionality and usability of the system are presented with an example of lighting and air-conditioning systems. The system provides a platform for mining and extracting knowledge from feedbacks provided by facility managers, which is significant for improving building design tools.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Date Deposited: 04 May 2022 01:27
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 23:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accessibility; Building information models; Gaming engine; Maintainability; Virtual reality
Fields of Research (2020): 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3302 Building > 330299 Building not elsewhere classified
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3302 Building > 330207 Quantity surveying
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3302 Building > 330203 Building industry studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 12 CONSTRUCTION > 1299 Other construction > 129999 Other construction not elsewhere classified
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