ITcon Vol. 9, pg. 297-311, http://www.itcon.org/2004/21

Implementation and control of wireless data collection on construction sites

submitted:April 2003
revised:March 2004
published:August 2004
editor(s):Rebolj D. and Menzel K.
authors:Michael Ward, Research Engineer
Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK
email: m.j.ward@lboro.ac.uk

Tony Thorpe, Professor
Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK
email: a.thorpe@lboro.ac.uk

Andrew Price, Professor
Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK
email: a.d.f.price@lboro.ac.uk

Cliff Wren, Business Development Manager
Stent Foundations Limited, Hampshire, UK
email: cliff.wren@stent.co.uk
summary:A mobile site level data collection system has been implemented for piling works utilising the IEEE 802.11b wireless protocol. The system, used by dedicated ‘pile managers’ and the workforce, allows for real-time data collection and storage into a site-based server, via a mobile wireless local area network (WLAN). The use of a WLAN allows for easy access and manipulation of timely construction data to assist in the management of the project, enhancing information flow throughout the site, reducing remedial costs and improving contract performance. This paper discusses the implementation of the WLAN on two construction sites, difficulties encountered, benefits and recommendations for further work, together with user perspectives. A cost-benefit analysis also suggests a substantial saving on remedial works can be made with the introduction of site-based data capture.
keywords:wireless network, mobile, communications, construction site
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citation:Ward M, Thorpe T, Price A and Wren C (2004). Implementation and control of wireless data collection on construction sites, ITcon Vol. 9, Special issue Mobile Computing in Construction, pg. 297-311, http://www.itcon.org/2004/21