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Visualizing greenhouse gas emissions from construction activities using geo-spatial information systems

Hajibabai, L, Aziz, ZUH and Pen˜a-Mora, F 2011, 'Visualizing greenhouse gas emissions from construction activities using geo-spatial information systems' , Construction Innovation , 11 (3) , pp. 356-370.

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    Abstract

    Purpose – Construction activities, particularly related to transportation, have a considerable impact on the environment and air quality. This paper aims to present a geographic information systems (GIS) and computer-aided design (CAD)-based approach for visualizing, communicating and analysing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from construction activities. Design/methodology/approach – A methodology using GIS is developed to graphically represent spatial aspects of construction. The approach adopted involves use of a 3D model developed in CAD environment, which was synchronized with a construction schedule stored in Excel spreadsheets. GIS environment is used to link spatial and scheduling information relevant to GHG emissions from construction activities. Abaseline was created to enable effective monitoring of construction emissions. Findings – The presented GIS model has the potential to enhance visualisation of distribution and dynamic variations of GHG emissions and could help stakeholders better analyse and understand how construction activities impact the environment. Originality/value – This paper presents a novel method of graphically presenting GHG and other hazardous air emissions from construction activities using a GIS-based approach. The paper presents the result of comparing the 3D surface representation of simulated estimated and actual construction emissions to show the impact of construction activities on the environment to support the engineering analysis and decision-making process.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Built and Human Environment
    Energy
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Management in Construction Research Centre (MIC)
    Journal or Publication Title: Construction Innovation
    Publisher: Emerald
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1471-4175
    Depositing User: ZUH Aziz
    Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2012 16:47
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:30
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/23101

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