Weather Information Management in Major Construction Projects: State of the Technology

    Jia, Andrea Yunyan
    Conference Papers
    Practice Based & Interdisciplinary Design & Research


This paper presents a brief review of the state of the technology for managing weather information, with a specific focus on heat stress in major construction projects. Recent technologies of monitoring, referencing, recording and managing heat stress risks are reviewed against their relevance to the project management practice with an aim to identify gaps and potentials for process innovation. The findings suggest the state of the relevant technology is largely serving a top-down, efficiency-driven decision process. However, planners at the top do not have the complete information of the context against which their decisions are being implemented and tested out. The rich information of the work context owned by the frontline operational people, in this case, the nature of the diverse work activities embedded in the diverse geospatial characteristics of the workplaces on construction site, is not being fully values and engaged in the current practice. The review suggests a dual-level weather information management system: engage and empower local actors for personal risk mitigation; tighten inter- project coupling to pool the data for future weather-wise project planning. The challenge with system design is how to register the complex spatial characteristics in the workplaces on construction site; how to put feasible and low-cost sensors to capture and transmit the needed data, including radiant heat and air velocity. This study contributes to a solution-oriented bottom-up approach to weather information management in major construction projects.

Keywords: heat stress; BIM; georeferencing; weather information management, major projects.


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