WiSeCon - Loughborough University

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Oct 21, 2013 (3 years and 7 months ago)

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Department of Civil and
Building Engineering


WiSeCon

(
Wi
reless

and

Se
mantic

Web
-
Based Integration of

Con
struction Services)




Research Background and Aim



Loughborough University

Ramesys Construction Services

Corus

BT Exact plc.

Causeway Technolog
ies

Innovations4business

Arup

Arup Communications



Effective communication is vital for the success of collaborative and concurrent
engineering in construction. Existing information and communication technologies
(ICTs) have done much to address these
problems and provide an appropriate
infrastructure when face
-
to
-
face meetings are impossible, expensive, difficult or simply
inconvenient. However these systems still do not meet the requirements of site
-
based
team members or busy mobile project team membe
rs. In this regard, it is important that
there is provision for mobile and wireless systems that enable project team members to
have access to project information and project participants anytime, anywhere, and at
the right level of granularity. For this
it is essential to investigate the effect of using
new and emerging standards for wireless technologies and the semantic web on the
construction process and identify opportunities within the construction process where
such technologies can be best used.


Wireless communication devices have their own characteristics such as constraints
regarding input and output. The laborious method of input dictates that wireless users
enter a minimum amount of information. The small display of some wireless devices
also
dictates that the information presented to the wireless user is from more precise
searches than those that are currently possible. Identification of available services and
procuring them is currently a time consuming human task when using wireless devices.

This is magnified when using wireless devices such as PDA’s. Semantic Web
technology has the capacity to intelligently supply the necessary/filtered information to
the wireless user with minimum user input. The Semantic Web is intended to facilitate
peer
-
to peer computer communications in the delivery of Web
-
based services.


Taking these factors into account the project has two main aims:



To investigate the applicability of 3G Wireless
-
based technologies in the
construction industry.



To explore the use of
the ‘Semantic Web’ in the integration of distributed
construction services.



Research Objectives





The project objectives are:

1.

Review developments and trends in the use of 3G wireless devices, network
infrastructure, standard

practices in construction; along with identifying barriers,
enablers, technical challenges and potential benefits of 3G mobile and wireless
technologies in construction.

2.

Review 'Semantic Web' technologies and concepts, with particular attention to the
ro
le of intelligent agents, ontology, common standards and possible applications
within the construction business process.

3.

Identify areas of collaborative communications in construction that can be
supported by wireless communication technologies that use ag
ent based Semantic
Web protocols as a process facilitator.

4.

Develop a system architecture and deployment models for a communications
infrastructure based on the effective integration of these novel technologies with
legacy systems within the construction i
ndustry;

5.

Develop prototype/experimental applications that demonstrate the use of wireless
and Semantic Web
-
based applications to facilitate the construction process

For Details Contact

Project Benefits



Academic Investigators

Prof. Chimay Anumba

C.J.An
umba@lboro.ac.uk

Dr. Dino Bouchlaghem

Dr. Pat Carrillo


Researchers:

Darshan Ruikar

d.ruikar@lboro.ac.uk

Zeeshan Aziz

z.aziz@lboro.ac.uk


This research project addresses the crucial issue of project communications. It has the
potential to develop prototype

systems that can enhance or radically alter the present
project communication process. It will help in delivering better value to the project
client by providing current project information to all project participants irrespective of
their location. It wi
ll also facilitate better collaborative practice and project integration.
Use of Semantic Web technology will allow project designers to concentrate on the
crucial design aspects of the project rather that spending time on collecting background
informati
on that is required to complete the job.