December 2019
Volume 71    Issue 12

Smart office; a data-driven management tool for mechanized tunnel construction

Mining Engineering , 2019, Vol. 71, No. 12, pp. 109-109
Jahan Bakhsh, Kamran; Kabat, Jim


Like other industries, construction firms today are capturing more data than ever before through information-sensing devices (such as job site sensors, smartphones and heavy-equipment tracking devices). Though there is an enormous potential of leveraging the power of captured data to increased productivity, much of the data is siloed without being utilized. In mechanized tunneling construction with tunnel-boring machines (TBMs), utilization of data to improve the construction process is limited to a small portion consumed by the machine operator. Indeed, much of that data is stored and filed away once a project is completed. With today’s ease of data acquisition, in addition to TBM data, tunneling construction firms can capture more data than ever before through other information-sensing devices on the job site. Transforming these heterogeneous, seemingly unrelated data into coherent, visually immersive and interactive insights will enhance every aspect of the project execution.

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