Digital skin of the construction site: Smart sensor technologies towards the future smart construction site

EDIRISINGHE, K 2019, 'Digital skin of the construction site: Smart sensor technologies towards the future smart construction site', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 184-223.


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Title Digital skin of the construction site: Smart sensor technologies towards the future smart construction site
Author(s) EDIRISINGHE, K
Year 2019
Journal name Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Volume number 26
Issue number 2
Start page 184
End page 223
Total pages 40
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Abstract Purpose: The future construction site will be pervasive, context aware and embedded with intelligence. The purpose of this paper is to explore and define the concept of the digital skin of the future smart construction site. Design/methodology/approach: The paper provides a systematic and hierarchical classification of 114 articles from both industry and academia on the digital skin concept and evaluates them. The hierarchical classification is based on application areas relevant to construction, such as augmented reality, building information model-based visualisation, labour tracking, supply chain tracking, safety management, mobile equipment tracking and schedule and progress monitoring. Evaluations of the research papers were conducted based on three pillars: validation of technological feasibility, onsite application and user acceptance testing. Findings: Technologies learned about in the literature review enabled the envisaging of the pervasive construction site of the future. The paper presents scenarios for the future context-aware construction site, including the construction worker, construction procurement management and future real-time safety management systems. Originality/value: Based on the gaps identified by the review in the body of knowledge and on a broader analysis of technology diffusion, the paper highlights the research challenges to be overcome in the advent of digital skin. The paper recommends that researchers follow a coherent process for smart technology design, development and implementation in order to achieve this vision for the construction industry.
Subject Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Construction
Information and communication technology (ICT) applications
Information systems
Innovation
Novel method
Technology
DOI - identifier 10.1108/ECAM-04-2017-0066
Copyright notice © 2018, Ruwini Edirisinghe.
ISSN 0969-9988
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