ASCE Subject Headings:Imaging techniques, Data collection, Construction management, Cameras, Construction sites, Project management, Control systems, Automation

Conference Information

Construction Research Congress 2014
May 19-21, 2014 | Atlanta, Georgia


Efficient onsite data acquisition of a construction project enables the comparison of the actual state of the project to the as-plan state so that potential delays can be identified early within the project life cycle. Traditionally, onsite data are collected manually, a time consuming, costly and error-prone task, and therefore not justifiable in modern construction management. To overcome the challenges corresponding to such manual approaches, the application of automated progress monitoring of construction sites has attracted the attention of researchers. To enable an effective application, it is necessary to evaluate the reliability of the available technologies in collecting onsite data. In this paper, a qualitative evaluation of the applicability of the state-of-the-art automated progress monitoring technologies, namely camera, LiDAR, and 3D range imaging, has been carried out. A set of experiments has been carried out to compare the time of data collection for each technology. LiDAR provides the most accurate 3D estimates. The time of data collection of the Leica HDS6100 laser scanner is shown to be seven times faster than that of the DSLR camera in an indoor construction site simulated laboratory. However, the cost of LiDAR devices is the major economical drawback of the technology.