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Mobile computing applications within construction

Aziz, ZUH, Harun, N and Alaboud, N 2016, 'Mobile computing applications within construction' , in: Advances in Construction ICT and e-business , Routledge. (In Press)

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Abstract

Given the fact that construction sites comprise dynamic and unstructured work environments and hazardous work settings, it necessitates the use of intelligent ways to support mobile construction workers. In recent years, there have been significant developments in technologies such as information systems, cloud computing, wireless networking and mobile technologies, which can assist to better integrate mobile construction workforce. Recent advances in Mobile Information Technology include improved wireless bandwidth, better quality of service, low cost, higher processing power and battery life, and hardware to support real-time connectivity. These advances enable better data sharing, which has become a trigger for growth in mobile computing. This chapter reviews evolution and key drivers of mobile computing within construction. This is followed by a discussion on the need for integration between various project stakeholders is highlighted, to ensure smooth flow of information between project participants. Relevant research in the area and case studies on how various construction production management activities are supported using mobile computing is presented. Recent developments in the area of cloud computing and Building Information Modelling and emerging application scenarios in field data collaboration, co-ordination, production support, building handover and facilities management are discussed. A prototype architecture and demonstrator illustrating use of mobile web services, Internet of Things for on-site environmental services monitoring is presented. Conclusions are drawn on future possible impact of emerging mobile technologies on the construction industry.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Perera, S, Ingirige, MJB, Ruikar, K and Obonyo, E
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138914582
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: ZUH Aziz
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 14:17
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2015 14:17
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/37468

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