Analyzing the Use and Policies for Mobile Information Technology Devices within State Departments of Transportation

Xi Wang, Roy E. Sturgill, Gabriel B. Dadi

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Abstract

The use of Mobile IT devices on construction projects is becoming more powerful and increasingly accessible and efficient. The traditional methods for field data collection and communication, such as written record and photograph, carry a higher possibility of making mistakes and longer task completion times. Recently conducted surveys and interviews of staff at state transportation agencies (STAs) in the areas of design, construction, and asset management reflect the current and potential use of hand-held mobile IT devices is on the rise. Based on the investigation results, around 90% of STAs benefit from the application of mobile IT devices in daily contact, accessing standards and manuals, and record entry. STAs believed overall return on investment of mobile IT devices could be around 50%, although about 50% believe they are low implementers of the technologies. While, for most, implementation is in early stages and requires more investment, mobile IT devices are being adapted to overcome shortcomings of traditional on-site communication methods. This means that applications have broad prospects and potential in construction management. The primary contribution to the body of knowledge is to gain an understanding of current practices and present opportunities for STAs to advance methods and improve efficiencies in their use of mobile IT devices nationwide.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2016
Subtitle of host publicationOld and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016
EditorsJose L. Perdomo-Rivera, Carla Lopez del Puerto, Antonio Gonzalez-Quevedo, Francisco Maldonado-Fortunet, Omar I. Molina-Bas
Pages1834-1843
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479827
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
EventConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: May 31 2016Jun 2 2016

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016

Conference

ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016
Country/TerritoryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan
Period5/31/166/2/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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