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Implementing alternative technologies to improve PQI methodology

Hidalgo Espin, A.M. (2021) Implementing alternative technologies to improve PQI methodology.

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Abstract:The research focuses on investigating alternative technologies that can be used for tracking machinery in the construction and paving industry instead of GPS, which is the currently used technology for several industries. This GPS is part of the so-called PQi framework, which focuses on making on-site behaviour explicit to improve the quality of asphalt. This is done by tracking pavers and rollers during construction and obtaining data from other technologies to create plots that make the activities onsite visible for the asphalt crew and are used to find the aspects in which improvement should be made during the next project. The accuracy of GPS is crucial for making accurate graphs; therefore, an accuracy of 10 centimetres is needed to accomplish that. Due to the current technology presents issues regarding the loss of signal, data analysis, and costs, the idea of looking for alternatives to overcome this begun. Therefore, during this study, the main research question that was investigated was: "To what extent alternative technologies available in the market can be implemented for tracking machinery with the same or similar accuracies as the currently used GPS technology in the PQi process in order to reduce the costs and functionality issues".
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Civil Engineering BSc (56952)
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