Situation Picture through Construction Information Management

Risto Kärkkäinen, Rita Lavikka, Olli Seppänen, Antti Peltokorpi

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PurposeLow productivity in construction is typically blamed on the seemingly complex and chaotic nature of construction, which emerges as the stakeholders do not have an adequate picture of the evolving situation. The ever-increasing volume of situation data owing to the recent advances in IoT devices and reality capture platforms provide a unique opportunity to capture the actual situation data of construction projects accurately at a fraction of the cost compared to manual status tracking and reporting. This paper aims to investigate the concept of a situation picture, challenges in collecting situation data and its benefits.Design/Methodology/ApproachEmpirical data is collected through interviews in California and Finland, and by organizing workshops.FindingsWe contribute to literature on managing operational information by defining the concept of a situation picture in the context of construction, specifically from the blue-collar’s perspective during on-site activities. We present the key components of a conceptual information model that represents a situation picture in construction.Research limitations/implicationsThe applicability of conceptual information model of situation picture is not tested in practice, but the model will provide a starting point for research to comprehensively integrate social and digital information exchange for improving workflow.Practical implicationsThe paper claims that designing and building comprehensive information management infrastructure would contribute to solving the problems of low productivity, quality and safety in construction projects.Originality/valueResearch on situation picture and situation awareness is scarce in the context of construction. The study links various information management technologies and practices to actual construction productivity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization
EditorsIrene Lill, Emlyn Witt
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-83867-051-1
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

SeriesEmerald Reach Proceedings Series


  • Situation picture
  • situation awareness
  • common operational picture
  • Construction information management
  • Visual management
  • Data acquisition
  • Knowledge management
  • lean construction


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