Digital Allocation of Production Factors in Earth Work Construction

Kim Kirchbach1, Tobias Bregenhorn2 & Fritz Gehbauer3

1Research Fellow. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Technology and Management in Construction (TMB), Am Fasanengarten, Geb. 50.31, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, Phone +49 721 60848223, Kim.Kirchbach@kit.edu
2Research Fellow. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Technology and Management in Construction (TMB), Am Fasanengarten, Geb. 50.31, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, Phone +49 721 60848922. Tobias.Bregenhorn@kit.edu
3Professor. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Technology and Management in Construction (TMB), Am Fasanengarten, Geb. 50.31, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany, Phone +49 721 60842646, Fritz.Gehbauer@kit.edu

Abstract

Currently, the development of information technologies for construction processes in earth work is focused on sensor systems, machine control, and building information modeling (BIM). These systems have been developed independently and it seems beneficial to link and combine the information available in these single systems to enable a global optimization of the production processes. An integrated system collects and stores data from sensor-equipped construction machines to connect them with information from the planning phase, thereby leading to a higher level of transparency. This transparency can be used to identify bottlenecks and unproductive working times such as waiting periods. The system can provide assistance for the construction manager to detect reasons for these kinds of distractions. Hereby a continuous improvement process is induced. This paper will introduce the described system above and show the benefits of the merged use of current developments in information technologies. Moreover, it represents the ongoing development of a system prototype.

Keywords

continuous improvement, visual management, earth work, resource allocation, virtual reality, information transparency, control center

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Kirchbach, K. , Bregenhorn, T. & Gehbauer, F. 2012, 'Digital Allocation of Production Factors in Earth Work Construction' In:, Tommelein, I.D. & Pasquire, C.L., 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. San Diego, USA, 18-20 Jul 2012.

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