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Sustainability 2017, 9(8), 1360; doi:10.3390/su9081360

Economic Analysis of USN-Based Data Acquisition Systems in Tall Building Construction

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BK21 Innovative Leaders for Creating Future Value in Civil Engineering, Korea University, Anam-Dong, Seongbuk-Gu, Seoul 02841, Korea
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Department of Architectural Engineering, Chosun University, 309, Pilmun-Daero, Dong-Gu, Gwangju 61452, Korea
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School of Architecture, Chosun University, 309, Pilmun-Daero, Dong-Gu, Gwangju 61452, Korea
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School of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, Korea University, Anam-Dong, Seongbuk-Gu, Seoul 02841, Korea
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Received: 11 July 2017 / Revised: 31 July 2017 / Accepted: 31 July 2017 / Published: 2 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Engineering and Science)
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Abstract

The successful construction of tall buildings requires effective construction management based on various quantitative data. The recent development of ubiquitous sensor networks (USNs) enables massive amounts of data to be collected in real-time. However, the application of USN-based data acquisition systems to repetitive tasks on typical floors of tall buildings can be inefficient, because this may involve the repetitive reinstallation of sensors and the repositioning of data loggers and routers to enable continuous data transfer. To minimize this cumbersome work, a modified data acquisition method using reusable sensor nodes and mobile devices can be a useful solution. This study analyzes the economic aspects of the USN-based systems for concrete temperature monitoring by using the activity-based costing technique. The case study shows that the modified system can reduce the process cost by about 19%. It can also reduce the resource input time of management by about 55%, freeing up time for other management activities. Moreover, the cost benefits should scale up as projects increasingly require more measurement and monitoring. This study should facilitate the application of USN-based information management systems, particularly for tall building construction. View Full-Text
Keywords: ubiquitous sensor network; data acquisition; quality control; activity-based costing; tall building construction ubiquitous sensor network; data acquisition; quality control; activity-based costing; tall building construction
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Lim, H.; Lee, J.W.; Kim, T.; Cho, K.; Cho, H. Economic Analysis of USN-Based Data Acquisition Systems in Tall Building Construction. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1360.

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