BIM and sensor-based data management system for construction safety monitoring

Zainab Riaz, Erika A. Parn, David J. Edwards, Muhammad Arslan, Charles Shen, Feniosky Pena-Mora

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Purpose: This research aims to investigate the integration of real-time monitoring of thermal conditions within confined work environments through wireless sensor network (WSN) technology when integrated with building information modelling (BIM). A prototype system entitled confined space monitoring system (CoSMoS), which provides an opportunity to incorporate sensor data for improved visualization through new add-ins to BIM software, was then developed. Design/methodology/approach: An empirical study was undertaken to compare and contrast between the performances (over a time series) of various database models to find a back-end database storage configuration that best suits the needs of CoSMoS. Findings: Fusing BIM data with information streams derived from wireless sensors challenges traditional approaches to data management. These challenges encountered in the prototype system are reported upon and include issues such as hardware/software selection and optimization. Consequently, various database models are explored and tested to find a database storage that best suits the specific needs of this BIM-wireless sensor technology integration. Originality value: This work represents the first tranche of research that seeks to deliver a fully integrated and advanced digital built environment solution for automating the management of health and safety issues on construction sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)738-753
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Engineering, Design and Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Building information modelling
  • Data management
  • Digital built environment
  • Health and safety management
  • Sensor data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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