Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), our approach seeks to revolutionize Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) learning and students’ understanding of the dynamic complexity of projects’ physical and social contexts. Our UAS are composed of equipped Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), ground control stations, and communication data links. UAV captures the physical construction-site environment through an ultra-high definition camera and sensors. The output are aerial visualizations (videos and images) coupled with telemetry data that includes geographical positioning and flight-path data.
Cyber-Eye uses aerial visualizations to enable learners to experience in-situ, real-world project contexts in the classroom. Aerial visualizations have the remarkable ability to enhance spatial information and optimize cognitive processing of visual information.
Cyber-Eye is research engine that enables learners to search and retrieve information related to materials, equipment, trades (resources), and various aspects of construction processes. It provides learners the opportunity to research items or processes specifically associated with their CEM working problem. By studying the real-world situations captured by the UAS, learners are able to use analogical reasoning to compare observed instances from Cyber-Eye and exhibited similar instances from the working problem.