Developing a success model for implementing wearable sensing devices in the construction industry

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dc.contributor Moynihan, Gary P.
dc.contributor Batson, Robert G.
dc.contributor Marino, Louis
dc.contributor.advisor Nnaji, Chukwuma
dc.contributor.author Okpala, Ifeanyi Udodilim
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-12T18:06:22Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-12T18:06:22Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003498
dc.identifier.other Okpala_alatus_0004M_14042
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6640
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract In recent years, the need to curb high workers’ fatality rate in the construction industry has led to extensive efforts by practitioners and researchers to seek new work methods. Researchers have suggested that the limited use of technological applications – such as data capture and processing tools – is a possible reason for the poor safety performance. In a bid to optimize jobsite processes, Wearable Sensing Devices (WSDs) are slowly emerging as a class of viable tools with strong potential to improve personalized safety measurement and monitoring. While some industries have successfully utilized WSDs, such as Smart Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to track pieces of data related to health, fitness or even location, the construction industry has been relatively slow in implementing WSDs. Although some gains are expected, construction management research is yet to provide clear evidence of the impact of WSDs on vital organizational performance metrics such as safety and productivity. To fill this gap, the present study established a WSD success model using multiple complementary frameworks and theories. To further strengthen the perception on the impact of WSDs as an effective control measure, an overview on the utility, potential impact, and current use of WSDs is provided. The success model was tested using survey questionnaires retrieved from 415 WSD users in the United States. Test results indicate a good fit and an overall positive relationship between WSD use and organizational success. This hybrid model provided critical insights on the impact of WSDs on the project, and organizational metrics, essential information for supporting the increased adoption of WSDs. It is believed that this framework will also guide construction practitioners in the effective integration of WSDs into their work processes.
dc.format.extent 115 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Civil engineering
dc.title Developing a success model for implementing wearable sensing devices in the construction industry
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
etdms.degree.discipline Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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