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Aug 6, 2013

Evaluation of the Position and Orientation of (Semi-) Passive RFID Tags for the Potential Application in Ground Worker Proximity Detection and Alert Devices in Safer Construction Equipment Operation

Publication: Computing in Civil Engineering (2013)

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Of the construction fatalities that occurred in 2010, approximately one-fourth resulted from workers being struck by an object or piece of equipment on a construction site. The objective of this particular research is to evaluate the capabilities and reliability of low-cost (semi-) passive radio frequency identification (RFID) technology as the main component of a pro-active real-time personal protection unit (PPU). Experiments emulating typical interactions between ground workers and heavy construction equipment are designed and executed. Various positions and orientations of the designed (semi-) passive RFID-based PPU were evaluated based on typical ground worker movements during construction tasks. Results indicate that both position and orientation of the PPU impact the reliability of the system's ability to activate alerts during hazardous proximity situations. The overall purpose of this research is to generate scientific data and knowledge of proximity detection and alert system for eventual implementation of these systems on construction sites. By implementing these systems in the construction environment, ground workers can be provided an alert during hazardous proximity situations.

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Computing in Civil Engineering (2013)
Pages: 645 - 652

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Published online: Aug 6, 2013

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RAPIDS Construction Safety and Technology Laboratory, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 790 Atlantic Drive N.W., Atlanta, GA 30332-0355. E-mail: [email protected]
RAPIDS Construction Safety and Technology Laboratory, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 790 Atlantic Drive N.W., Atlanta, GA 30332-0355. E-mail: [email protected]

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