Enhancing the Capability of Bridge Construction Using the WRITE System

Highway bridge construction has been paid close attention to by government agencies, engineering and construction communities, and the general public. Based on the results of previous research, in order to enhance the capability of bridge construction, there is an urgent need to develop innovative technologies that could be used to improve communication and coordination among the participants involved in the bridge construction process and to provide the real-time information for engineers and project managers to make quick decisions regarding bridge construction operations. To address this urgent need, the Wireless Real-time Productivity Measurement (WRITE) System and the model for monitoring the on-site labor productivity in bridge construction were developed. Field experiments were conducted in a bridge reconstruction project to demonstrate how the WRITE System and the developed model were implemented to identify the on-site labor productivity problems by comparing the data from the WRITE System with the benchmark data. The success of this research project made several contributions to the advancement of the bridge construction. First, it advances the application of wireless technology in bridge construction management. Second, it provides an advanced technology for engineers and project managers to determine on-site labor productivity in real-time and to share the productivity information among owners, engineers, contractors, and material suppliers via the Internet. Finally, using the developed technology, engineers and project managers are able to quickly identify on-site labor productivity problems and to take actions immediately to address these problems.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01152295
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-0730
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:21AM