Contribution of UAS Monitoring to Safety Planning and Control

Mahara I. S. C. Lima1, Roseneia R. S. Melo2 & Dayana B. Costa3

1Mahara I. S. C. Lima1 , Roseneia R. S. Melo2 , and Dayana B. Costa3
2PhD, Research Assistant, Post-Graduation Program in Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, UFBA, Salvador, Brazil. Email: [email protected],
3Associate Professor, Post-Graduation Program in Civil Engineering, Department of Structural and Construction Engineering, School of Engineering, UFBA, Salvador, Brazil. Email: [email protected],


Among the technologies used for safety management at construction sites, Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) stands out due to its ability to capture images and videos of large areas, reduce data collection and processing times, and improve risk identification at the jobsite. Despite the advances in safety monitoring using UAS, there is still a gap regarding the effective use of information provided by this technology for assisting Safety Planning and Control (SPC). This study proposes a set of practices to incorporate the information collected from a UAS safety monitoring system into SPC routines. The research strategy used was the Design Science Research (DSR), and preliminary implementation of the artifact occurred during 14 weeks in a residential construction project. The evaluation involved establishing a set of constructs and variables such as transparency, collaboration, and utility to analyze the contributions of the practices proposed. As preliminary contributions, results show that the visual display implementation significantly impacted the sharing of safety information, the awareness of safety conditions, and the promotion of new learnings for workers. Moreover, the practices implemented provided foreman participation in decision-making related to safety and construction site organization and housekeeping.


Safety management, safety inspection, unmanned aerial systems(UAS), construction site, digital technologies



Lima, M. I. S. C. , Melo, R. R. S. & Costa, D. B. 2021, 'Contribution of UAS Monitoring to Safety Planning and Control' In:, Proc. 29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Lima, Peru, 14-16 Jul 2021. pp 883-892

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