Emerging Scanning Results: Remote Construction Monitoring System
PATH Roadmap Applicability:
Photo-Net II remote construction monitoring system integrates Web cameras and software to bring the construction site any place where there is an Internet connection. The system can be used as a tool to plan, control and monitor construction projects. The system records real time imagery and integrates the collection of pictures in a database. It works 24/7, from beginning to completion of a project. The database enables a manager to generate a movie where the entire construction project can be watched.
Application to PATH Roadmaps
Remote construction monitoring systems relate to two of the PATH roadmaps. With respect to the Information Technology roadmap, the remote construction monitoring systems improve the ability of a construction manager to track progress on a job site and schedule future project activities. This relates to the need to create production management systems from concept to closure in the roadmap. It also relates to the need to industrialize the home building process in the Whole House and Building Process Redesign roadmap.
Current Status of Technology
The first version of PHOTO-NET II was the Ph.D. thesis of Dr. Jorge Abeid, presented to the Civil and Architectural Engineering Department, of IIT (Illinois Institute of Technology) in Chicago, USA. It was awarded the first place as the best research project in the 5th Annual Research Conference & IPRO Projects Day organized by the Illinois Institute of Technology in May 2000. PHOTO-NET II is being used in a construction site in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It is following the erection of the concrete structure of a 6-store building. In that case the hardware consists of two fixed cameras that compound a panoramic view of the entire site, and a third camera that can be panned, tilted, and zoomed remotely.
Jorge Abeid, Ph.D.
Content updated on 4/14/2003