Advance crane lifting safety through real-time crane motion monitoring and visualization

Yihai Fang, Yong K. Cho

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Monitoring crane motion in real time is the first step to identifying and mitigating crane-related hazards on construction sites. However, no accurate and reliable crane motion capturing technique is available to serve this purpose. The objective of this research is to explore a method for real-time crane motion capturing and investigate an approach for assisting hazard detection. To achieve this goal, this research employed various techniques including: 1) a sensor-based method that accurately, reliably, and comprehensively captures crane motions in real-time; 2) computationally efficient algorithms for fusing and processing sensing data (e.g., distance, angle, acceleration) from different types of sensors; 3) an approach that integrates crane motion data with known as-is environment data to detect hazards associated with lifting tasks; and 4) a strategy that effectively presents crane operator with crane motion information and warn them with potential hazards. A prototype system was developed and tested on a real crane in a field
environment. The results show that the system is able to continuously and
accurately monitor crane motion in real-time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management (ICCEPM 2015)
Subtitle of host publication11-14 October 2015, Busan, Korea
EditorsBonsang Koo, Youngsoo Jung, Leen-Seok Kang
Place of PublicationKorea
PublisherKorea Institute of Construction Engineering and Management (KICEM)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9788995457269
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management 2015 - Busan, Korea, Republic of (South)
Duration: 11 Oct 201514 Oct 2015


ConferenceInternational Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management 2015
Abbreviated titleICCEPM 2015
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of (South)


  • Crane Motion monioring
  • Visualization
  • Real-time
  • Sensors

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