Real-time locating systems applications in construction

Heng Li, Greg Chan, Johnny Kwok Wai Wong, Martin Skitmore

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Abstract

Real-time locating systems (RTLSs) are considered an effective way to identify and track the location of an object in both indoor and outdoor environments. Various RTLSs have been developed and made commercially available in recent years. Research into RTLSs in the construction sector is ubiquitous, and results have been published in many construction-related academic journals over the past decade. A succinct and systematic review of current applications would help academics, researchers, and industry practitioners in identifying existing research deficiencies and therefore future research directions. However, such a review is lacking to date. This paper provides a framework for understanding RTLS research and development in the construction literature over the last decade. The research opportunities and directions of construction RTLS are highlighted. Background information relating to construction RTLS trends, accuracy, deployment, cost, purposes, advantages, and limitations is provided. Four major research gaps are identified and research opportunities and directions are highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-47
Number of pages11
JournalAutomation in Construction
Volume63
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Application areas
  • Automated data acquisition
  • Global positioning systems
  • Indoor positioning systems
  • Real-time locating systems
  • Sensor technologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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