ITcon Vol. 18, pg. 162-181, http://www.itcon.org/2013/9

A novel integrated approach to project-level automated machine control/guidance systems in construction projects

submitted:2013
revised:May 2013
published:May 2013
editor(s):Amor R
authors:Amin Hammad, Professor
Concordia University, Canada
email: hammad@ciise.concordia.ca

Faridaddin Vahdatikhaki, Research Assistant
Concordia University, Canada
email: f_vahdat@encs.concordia.ca

Cheng Zhang, Dr.
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
email: Cheng.Zhang@xjtlu.edu.cn
summary:The current research aims to further investigate the application of Automated Machine Control/Guidance (AMC/G) in construction projects and proposes an integrated approach for: (1) Improving the administrative infrastructure required for the optimal application of AMC/G; and (2) Orchestrating the machine-level AMC/G technologies into a coherent project-level system committed to the coordination of operations towards the overall project objectives. Based on the importance of 3D design models and Digital Terrain Models (DTM) as the basis for contracting AMC/G projects, a new work and information flow is proposed and its contribution towards streamlining the utilization of AMC/G is scrutinized. Furthermore, by integrating AMC/G technology with a multi-agent architecture encompassing several project stakeholders and real-time simulation, a novel approach is introduced to increase the safety and productivity of the entire project.
keywords:Automated machine control, Administrative process re-engineering, Multi-agent system, real-time simulation
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citation:Hammad A, Vahdatikhaki F, Zhang C (2013). A novel integrated approach to project-level automated machine control/guidance systems in construction projects, ITcon Vol. 18, pg. 162-181, http://www.itcon.org/2013/9