ITcon Vol. 23, pg. 122-137, http://www.itcon.org/2018/6

Fuzzy-based configuration of automated data acquisition systems for earthmoving operations

submitted:September 2017
revised:May 2018
published:May 2018
editor(s):Turk Ž.
authors:Ashraf Salem, PMP, PhD Candidate,
Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Qc, Canada
as_salem@encs.concordia.ca

Ahmad Salah, Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Construction Engineering, Imam Abdul Rahman University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
aaasalah@iau.edu.sa

Osama Moselhi, Professor
Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Qc, Canada
moselhi@encs.concordia.ca
summary:This paper presents a fuzzy-set-based method for the configuration of efficient and cost-effective on- site automated data acquisition systems for earthmoving operations. Due to the dynamic nature of construction projects, each project has unique characteristics that require distinctive customization of the utilized data acquisition system. The literature lacks a well-defined methodology for customization of the configuration of data acquisition systems. Several research efforts have focused on efficient utilization of different wireless sensing technologies, but the majority integrates black-box and off-the-shelf technologies, where there was no mean for customized configuration. Most widespread on-site data acquisition systems configuration depends on subjective views and market available technologies. The proposed method overcomes subjective configuration of data acquisition systems and provides a systematic selection procedure of the needed sensors. The proposed method first identifies, evaluates and analyzes the factors affecting the performance of earthmoving operations in construction projects. The results of that analysis are then used to customize the configuration of the required data acquisition system. This procedure includes selection of necessary sensors and technologies for efficient tracking of earthmoving operations. Finally, results are discussed, and conclusions are drawn highlighting the key features of the proposed method and how it can assist project managers in customizing the configuration of automated on- site data acquisition systems considering the unique nature of their projects.
keywords:Earthmoving, Data Acquisition, Automation, Fuzzy Set Theory
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citation:Salem A, Salah A, Moselhi O (2018). Fuzzy-based configuration of automated data acquisition systems for earthmoving operations, ITcon Vol. 23, pg. 122-137, http://www.itcon.org/2018/6