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

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Riaz, Z 
Parn, EA 
Edwards, DJ 
Arslan, M 
Shen, C 


jats:sec <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Purpose</jats:title> jats:pThis 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.</jats:p> </jats:sec> jats:sec <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Design/methodology/approach</jats:title> jats:pAn 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.</jats:p> </jats:sec> jats:sec <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Findings</jats:title> jats:pFusing 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.</jats:p> </jats:sec> jats:sec <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Originality value</jats:title> jats:pThis 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.</jats:p> </jats:sec>



Data management, Building information modelling, Digital built environment, Health and safety management, Sensor data

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