Publications / 2015 Proceedings of the 32nd ISARC, Oulu, Finland

SmartSite: Intelligent and Autonomous Environments, Machinery, and Processes to Realize Smart Road Construction Projects

Robin Kuenzel, Marcus Mueller, Jochen Teizer, Alexander Blickle
Pages 1-9 (2015 Proceedings of the 32nd ISARC, Oulu, Finland, ISBN 978-951-758-597-2)

This article presents an overview of the SmartSite research project that adopts machine learning, decision theory and distributed artificial intelligence to design and test a multi-agent system (MAS) for asphalt road construction. SmartSite puts major emphasis on sensing and communication technologies that integrate real-time automated information exchange in the supply chain of road construction. As part of the larger SmartSite project, this article introduces a novel real-time path planning system for compactors. It operates based on BDI software agents and real-time sensory inputs. The newly developed integrated and information rich process benefits asphalt compactor operators, as they are now capable to control their machinery and react to changing environmental, material-related and process-related disturbances or changes. This improves the quality of the delivery and laying of asphalt material, prevents compactors from over-compacting certain road segments, increases the road's pavement longevity during the operational life cycle phase; refocuses the work tasks of the site managers, and reduces the construction budget and schedule.

Keywords: automation, equipment, lean organization and management, logistics management, multi-agent systems, road infrastructure construction, sensors, supply chain.