Remote Monitoring of Dynamic Construction Processes Using Automated Equipment Tracking
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Construction resource planning and control is traditionally done using static data and information available from similar projects. However, the uniqueness of and uncertainties involved in each construction project may require that field data from equipment is dynamically collected, analyzed, and integrated into the decision making process in order to achieve the best possible operational plan. The collected data can be used to predict the performance of a construction system based on the latest status of the project, as well as to monitor if all pieces of equipment are operating according to the plan and if any corrective action is needed. This paper presents the results of a remote tracking technique developed to capture field data from construction equipment in real time for short term monitoring and control of construction operations. The developed technique uses a .NET environment thus providing a convenient means for data collection, sorting, filtering, and interpretation. The collected data is time-stamped and thus, can be used to create a real time 3D animation stream of the ongoing operation. This facilitates the communication of project details and can be ultimately used as a verification and validation tool for the underlying simulation model. 2012 ASCE.