IoT and Big Data in Geotechnical Construction: Connecting Drill Rigs to the Cloud

by Frederic Masses, (M.ASCE), Vice president of engineering at Nicholson Construction in Canonsburg, PA., frederic.masse@nicholsonconstruction.com,
Rick Deschamps, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Vice president of engineering at Nicholson Construction in Canonsburg, PA, deschamps@nicholsonconstruction.com,
Alexandre Scarwell, Software and data-engineering department manager at Soletanche Bachy in Paris, France, alexandre.scarwell@soletanche-bachy.com,
Thomas Joussellin, Methods and experts department manager at Soletanche Bachy in Paris, France, thomas.joussellin@soletanche-bachy.com,


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2021, Vol. 25, Issue 3, Pg. 30-35


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: It’s almost impossible these days to escape the fervor and buzz surrounding technologies and concepts such as Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning (ML), and Artificial Intelligence (AI). In many areas of day-to-day life, these new and developing technologies are already affecting aspects of how people go about their day; for example, "Hey Siri, what’s on my calendar today?" or "Alexa, turn on the lights in the kitchen." We live in a world where information and data generation are growing exponentially. Yet geotechnical engineers often pride themselves with working "in the dirt," and for many, these new technological concepts seem far-fetched and impractical. However, there’s currently an explosion of innovations in the field of geotechnical construction linked to the development of Big Data, ML, and IoT.

Subject Headings: Internet | Artificial intelligence and machine learning | Big data | Geotechnical engineering | Construction management | Offshore platforms | Computer networks

 

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