Creating game-based drone for improving construction site safety

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Abstract

Technological advances in the construction sector promises faster and more streamlined working practices. Forward-thinking contractors are investing in digitizing their operations and the use of drones with the capability of providing real-time site information is already a reality. Deploying drones for site inspections can help construction and safety managers avoid placing workers in precarious situations and the ability to quickly gather site aerial data can be invaluable. This study focuses on creating a drone flying game for inspecting construction sites and identifying potential safety hazards. The single-player, user-focused game comprises of fun flying mechanics to control the drone and this is an integral part of enabling users to gain the experience of simulated flying of a real drone. The game platform is the WebGL for rendering interactive 3D graphics within any compatible web browser without the use of plug-ins. The target audience for user experience and usability testing are construction and safety managers, construction professionals and students working in the industry. Preliminary findings revealed that the drone game was fun to play; the game was intuitive and easy to pilot the drone; the hazards in the simulated construction environment looked real; and the game satisfies the main aim of the playtest. The skills acquired from playing the educational drone game for
site inspection and monitoring can successfully be applied when flying a real drone in a construction site. The significance of using drones for site inspection during Covid-19 pandemic where workers need to be physically distanced is timely and relevant.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Joint CIB W099 & W123 International Conference 2021: Changes and innovations for improved wellbeing in construction
EditorsBilly Hare, Fred Sherratt, Fidelis Emuze
Pages204-213
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781914188015
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2021
EventJoint CIB W099 & W123 International Conference 2021: Changes & innovations for improved wellbeing in construction - Online, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 202110 Sep 2021
https://www.w099tg592020.com/

Conference

ConferenceJoint CIB W099 & W123 International Conference 2021: Changes & innovations for improved wellbeing in construction
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period9/09/2110/09/21
Internet address

Keywords

  • drone, site inspection, simulation, game-based, site safety, web graphics library

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