GPS technology for locating fabricated pipes on industrial projects

Carlos H. Caldas, David Grau Torrent, Carl T. Haas

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Abstract

Materials handling operations on construction job sites are error prone and these errors might negatively affect labor productivity. According to a study by the Construction Industry Institute (CII), a set of well organized practices for managing on-site materials would conservatively produce a 6% increase in labor craft productivity. This paper describes a Pilot Test that measured the impact of Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies within materials locating processes on large industrial projects. Those processes were broken down in several steps. A direct comparison of the time traditionally invested in some of those steps and the time required when using GPS clearly determined the time savings associated with the technology. This study also discusses the feasibility of the technology deployment. Finally, the paper analyzes other potential positive impacts derived from GPS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputing in Civil Engineering - Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference
EditorsL. Soibelman, F. Pena-Mora
Pages1867-1874
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Oct 31 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event2005 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Jul 12 2005Jul 15 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2005 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering

Other

Other2005 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering
CountryMexico
CityCancun
Period7/12/057/15/05

Keywords

  • Construction management
  • Construction materials
  • Data collection
  • Global positioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Caldas, C. H., Torrent, D. G., & Haas, C. T. (2005). GPS technology for locating fabricated pipes on industrial projects. In L. Soibelman, & F. Pena-Mora (Eds.), Computing in Civil Engineering - Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference (pp. 1867-1874). (Proceedings of the 2005 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering).