American Society of Civil Engineers

Project Dashboard: Concurrent Visual Representation Method of Project Metrics on 3D Building Models

by Kyuman Song, (Doctor of Design, Harvard Design School, 5 Sherman Rd. Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 E-mail:, Spiro N. Pollalis, (Professor of Design Technology and Management, Harvard Design School, 48 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA 02138 E-mail:, and Feniosky Pena-Mora, (Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 3106 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, 205 North Mathews Ave. Urbana, IL 61801 E-mail:
Section: Human–Computer Interaction and Visualization, pp. 1-12, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering
Abstract: Spatial and temporal data sets, and static (planned) and dynamic (actual) data that stem from temporal data, are constantly produced throughout the project lifecycle. The integration of these data creates various project metrics, which can accurately depict actual and anticipated project performance. Various 3D model-based project management systems have been introduced into AEC projects. However, these systems have been limited in their ability to visualize inter-related multiple data sets concurrently due to the fact that an adequate visual representation method had yet to be developed. This research introduces a 3D model-based visual representation method utilizing the power of information technology. The proposed representation enables the users to show a holistic picture of a project by applying the multiple project data sets to the geometric attributes (such as shapes, faces, and edges) of the 3D building model through color- tone variation and motion. The new control system is presented as a suite of 3D model-based data visualizations controlled from a user console, the Project Dashboard. The Project Dashboard introduces a new paradigm of project monitoring systems to project managers by providing intuitive information-delivery interfaces beyond the existing management and control systems.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Imaging techniques
Three-dimensional models