Mobile safety management tools in construction
Kontio, Kati Henriikka
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Rakennustyömaan työturvallisuuden hallinnan mobiilityökalut
The vast development of mobile technology is driving the development of mobile solutions for construction. The pressure for mobile development and improvement in productivity is leading to different solutions in construction site management. New solutions and software are being released internationally but the problem is to find suitable solutions for Finnish construction site management. Furthermore, the fact that construction is one of the most dangerous fields in the world sets some needs for the development of the technology. This research aims to find suitable mobile solutions for safety management and improvement in Finnish construction sites. Finnish safety management procedures are considered unique worldwide. Legislation and regulations are guiding the safety management in Finnish construction sites and the amount of paperwork has increased over the years. This study introduces ways to safety improvement and legislative practices in Finnish construction culture. The bases of mobile technology and mobile applications for construction work are evaluated and suitable features, benefits of mobile technology and different solutions for safety purposes available are introduced. The study presents an example of mobile solutions for safety observations in construction. The application is introduced and all of the features and functionalities are evaluated. The application is tested in a real-life construction site and interviews concerning the use and contents of the application are dis-cussed with the construction company and software developer. The goal is to be able to launch this application for safety observations into further use in this company. The conclusions based on the case study of safety observation application were pointing out that the application itself is ready for use. However, lots of discussions concerning certain features were pointing out some problems with the user interface and further processing of the observations. These defects have been corrected in order to launch the application at the end of year 2016.