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Using mobile computing for construction site information management

Yuan Chen (School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
John M. Kamara (School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 11 January 2008




The purpose of this paper is to develop a model for the use of mobile computing in the management of on‐site construction information and communication.


The research strategy contains three steps: a pilot study for the first stage, a survey that investigated the information needs of particular users and the nature of on‐site information, and finally the development of a model and the validation and evaluation by operational scenarios.


The developed model explores how mobile computing can be used on construction sites to manage on‐site information. This model, firstly, identifies the key factors of mobile computer, wireless network, mobile application, construction personnel, construction information, and construction site; secondly it describes the relationships and interactions among these factors. Based on the model, the selection process for mobile computing strategy includes the clarification of information management process, the creations of overview for mobile computing solution, the identification of mobile computing strategy, and the selection of appropriate mobile computing technology.


The developed model explores the general concepts and the internal relationships at the two areas of mobile computing and construction site information management. The application of the model can help users to select mobile computing strategies for managing on‐site construction information based on the characteristics of their projects.



Chen, Y. and Kamara, J.M. (2008), "Using mobile computing for construction site information management", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 7-20.



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