The purpose of the project is to draw overall conclusions and formulate recommendations based on:
- The experiments conducted within the framework of the four test beds in the Connected Construction Site project
- Lessons learned from other industries such as the processing industry and the mining industry
- Technical developments in digital technologies such as data communication (Wi-Fi 6, 5G) and frameworks for data collection, processing and sharing.
Host: LTU supported by LIU
Academic supervisor: Kåre Synnes, Professor of Distributed Computer Systems, Luleå Technical University
The project is a support for the other test bed projects in Connected Construction Site before, during and after experiments with digital technologies on construction sites.
One example is Skanska’s experiment at the construction site for Malmö’s new hospital district, where a very obvious need for reliable connectivity was identified. As a result, TPO, a company that specialises in establishing temporary or permanent communication infrastructures, was contracted to establish a Wi-Fi network at Skanska’s construction site in Malmö in collaboration with Skanska Rental, which manages the physical on-site operations. Lessons learned from the test were that approximately 70 percent of the construction site’s area could be covered within the framework of existing resources and that connectivity was perceived as good by the construction workers. On the other hand, cost was considered to be an obvious issue. The conclusion was that larger construction projects can benefit from similar solutions, but smaller construction projects are unlikely to be able to justify the cost.
Roadmap and proposals for digital infrastructure
The subproject is working to produce a roadmap that describes technological developments and applications in the construction sector, a proposal for a co-ordinated digital infrastructure for the construction industry based on lessons learned from the project’s other subprojects (regarding connectivity, localisation services, data collection/processing/storage, etc.) and studies concerning specific technological possibilities in the near future for the construction industry (automated contracts, data sharing, etc).
Finally, monitoring the ongoing establishment of 5G and Wi-Fi 6 can be highlighted as especially important for the subproject, owing to the potential for shorter delays, large amounts of data and, above all, the guarantees that they offer. Equally important is the development and adaptation of frameworks such as Arrowhead Tools, which can clearly facilitate data management in a secure way in construction projects. A co-ordinated digital infrastructure will require broader access to digital tools for construction workers.