M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management

Dr. Flood Receives Best Paper Award

Dr. Ian Flood and a group of his students from the Rinker School received the Best Paper Award at the Eighth International Conference on Advanced Communications and Computation, INFOCOMP 2018, held in Barcelona, Spain, July 22-26, 2018.  The paper “Qualitative and Quantitative Risk Analysis of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flights over Construction Job Sites, by Hashem Izadi Moud, Alireza Shojaei, Ian Flood, Xun Zhang, and Mohsen Hatami” was developed from an idea that originated with the students in parallel to their dissertation research.  The concept of the paper and research is the use of simulation techniques to develop risk maps that illustrate the spatial distribution of hazards associated with the operation of drones on construction sites. The work is being extended to include time intended to capture dynamic changes in the risks as work progresses on construction sites, including linking the risk maps to the project schedule.  Their research will change the way planners develop flight times and paths in order to minimize the risks associated with flying drones on construction sites. ​