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BIM and sensor-based data management system for construction safety monitoring

Zainab Riaz (Lahore University of Management Sciences)
Erika A. Parn (Faculty of Technology Engineering and the Built Environment, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK)
David J. Edwards (Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK)
Muhammad Arslan (Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Dijon, France)
Charles Shen (Columbia University, New York, New York, USA)
Feniosky Pena-Mora (Columbia University, New York, New York, USA)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 4 December 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

This research aims to investigate the integration of real-time monitoring of thermal conditions within confined work environments through wireless sensor network (WSN) technology when integrated with building information modelling (BIM). A prototype system entitled confined space monitoring system (CoSMoS), which provides an opportunity to incorporate sensor data for improved visualization through new add-ins to BIM software, was then developed.

Design/methodology/approach

An empirical study was undertaken to compare and contrast between the performances (over a time series) of various database models to find a back-end database storage configuration that best suits the needs of CoSMoS.

Findings

Fusing BIM data with information streams derived from wireless sensors challenges traditional approaches to data management. These challenges encountered in the prototype system are reported upon and include issues such as hardware/software selection and optimization. Consequently, various database models are explored and tested to find a database storage that best suits the specific needs of this BIM-wireless sensor technology integration.

Originality value

This work represents the first tranche of research that seeks to deliver a fully integrated and advanced digital built environment solution for automating the management of health and safety issues on construction sites.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank Srilakshmi Chintala and Muhammad Arslan for their various contributions to this research work.

Citation

Riaz, Z., Parn, E.A., Edwards, D.J., Arslan, M., Shen, C. and Pena-Mora, F. (2017), "BIM and sensor-based data management system for construction safety monitoring", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 15 No. 6, pp. 738-753. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-03-2017-0017

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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