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|Title: ||Context-aware information delivery for mobile construction workers|
|Authors: ||Aziz, Zeeshan|
|Issue Date: ||2005|
|Publisher: ||© Zeeshan Aziz|
|Abstract: ||The potential of mobile Information Technology (IT) applications to support the
information needs of mobile construction workers has long been understood.
However, existing mobile IT applications in the construction industry have
underlined limitations, including their inability to respond to the changing user
context, lack of semantic awareness and poor integration with the desktop-based
infrastructure. This research argues that awareness of the user context (such as user
role, preferences, task-at-hand, location, etc.) can enhance mobile IT applications in
the construction industry by providing a mechanism to deliver highly specific
information to mobile workers by intelligent interpretation of their context. Against this
this background, the aim of this research was to investigate the applicability of
context-aware information delivery (CAID) technologies in the construction industry.
The research methodology adopted consisted of various methods. A literature review
on context-aware and enabling technologies was undertaken and a conceptual
framework developed, which addressed the key issues of context-capture, contextinference
and context-integration. To illustrate the application of CAID in realistic
construction situations, five futuristic deployment scenarios were developed which
were analysed with several industry and technology experts. From the analysis, a
common set of user needs was drawn up. These needs were subsequently translated
into the system design goals, which acted as a key input to the design and evaluation
of a prototype system, which was implemented on a Pocket-PC platform.
The main achievements of this research include development of a CAID framework
for mobile construction workers, demonstration of CAID concepts in realistic
construction scenarios, analysis of the Construction industry needs for CAID and
implementation and validation of the prototype to demonstrate the CAID concepts.
The research concludes that CAID has the potential to significantly improve support
for mobile construction workers and identifies the requirements for its effective
deployment in the construction project delivery process. However, the industry needs
to address various identified barriers to enable the realisation of the full potential of
|Description: ||A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (Civil and Building Engineering)|
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