ITcon Vol. 14, pg. 204-228, http://www.itcon.org/2009/16

Collaborative multi-agent systems for construction equipment based on real-time field data capturing

published:June 2009
editor(s):Kazi A S, Aouad G, Baldwin A
authors:Cheng Zhang
Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University
zha_che@encs.concordia.ca

Amin Hammad, Associate Professor
Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering, Concordia University
hammad@ciise.concordia.ca

Homam Bahnassi
Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University
hbahnassi@inframez.com
summary:This paper proposes collaborative multi-agent systems for real-time monitoring and planning on construction sites. A multi-agent system framework is discussed to support construction equipment operators by using agents, wireless communication, and field data capturing technologies. Data collected from sensors attached to the equipment, in addition to an up-to-date 3D model of the construction site, are processed by the multi-agent system to detect any possible collisions or other conflicts related to the operations of the equipments, and to generate a new plan in real time. The potential advantages of the proposed approach are: more awareness of dynamic construction site conditions, a safer and more efficient work site, and a more reliable decision support based on good communications.
keywords:Collaboration, Multi-agent technology, Construction equipment, Real-time, Field data capturing, Path planning
full text: (PDF file, 6.293 MB)
citation:Zhang C, Hammad A, Bahnassi H (2009). Collaborative multi-agent systems for construction equipment based on real-time field data capturing, ITcon Vol. 14, Special issue Next Generation Construction IT: Technology Foresight, Future Studies, Roadmapping, and Scenario Planning, pg. 204-228, http://www.itcon.org/2009/16