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Rebar Worker Analysis Using a 3-Axis Accelerometer

Authors
  • Akaki, Takuma
  • Gondo, Tomoyuki
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers in Built Environment
Publisher
Frontiers Media S.A.
Publication Date
Dec 03, 2021
Volume
7
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/fbuil.2021.721742
Source
Frontiers
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Built Environment
  • Original Research
License
Green

Abstract

The purpose of the present study is to grasp the situation of construction sites easily by distinguishing the movements of construction workers at construction sites from the accelerometer data attached to their waists. For the construction manager to accurately perceive the active or inactive state of his workers, their movements were classified into three distinct categories: walking, standing, and sitting. We tracked and observed two rebar workers for 5 days at a large building construction site. Their movements were classified by two-axis plots of (1) the difference between the maximum and minimum absolute values and (2) the value of acceleration at each second, and visualized by a heatmap among others for this trial. The results showed that despite the difficulty in distinguishing rebar work without a total body movement while sitting, the accuracy of discrimination was 60–80% in walking and sitting. From this analysis, we were able to identify repetitive tasks and the differences between morning and afternoon tasks. Furthermore, by applying simple visualization, we could concisely represent changes in work intensity over a relatively long period.

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