Developing Mobile Technology for Construction Sites

Publisher:
AUBEA
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Australasian Universities Building Conference Association 2007, 2007, pp. 140 - 149
Issue Date:
2007-01
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An attribute of construction workers operating on a construction site is the necessity to be mobile, a feature that results in their disconnection from the information hub which is physically located at the site office. This means that these workers functioning at the point of work are often faced with an information system which is fragmented and prone to inefficiencies, resulting in decisions being made on the basis of inaccurate information. It has been suggested that mobile technology offers a solution to this problem however to date the construction industry has failed to take advantage of this technology. This paper reflects on how site decisions are currently made. We consider the importance which collaboration contributes to the decision making process which is highlighted by informal work agreements. This attribute forms a major component to the information system of these mobile construction site workers and has a substantial influence on the adoptability of a mobile technology.
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