Interoperability of digital tools for the monitoring and control of construction projects

Luz Duarte-Vidal, Rodrigo F. Herrera, Edison Atencio, Felipe Muñoz-La Rivera

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Monitoring the progress on a construction site during the construction phase is crucial. An inadequate understanding of the project status can lead to mistakes and inappropriate actions, causing delays and increased costs. Monitoring and controlling projects via digital tools would reduce the risk of error and enable timely corrective actions. Although there is currently a wide range of technologies for these purposes, these technologies and interoperability between them are still limited. Because of this, it is important to know the possibilities of integration and interoperability regarding their implementation. This article presents a bibliographic synthesis and interpretation of 30 nonconventional digital tools for monitoring progress in terms of field data capture technologies (FDCT) and communication and collaborative technologies (CT) that are responsible for information processing and management. This research aims to perform an integration and interoperability analysis of technologies to demonstrate their potential for monitoring and controlling construction projects during the execution phase. A network analysis was conducted, and the results suggest that the triad formed by building information modeling (BIM), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and photogrammetry is an effective tool; the use of this set extends not only to monitoring and control, but also to all phases of a project.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10370
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number21
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2021


  • As-built
  • As-planned
  • Automated monitoring
  • Construction phase
  • Digital tools
  • Monitoring progress


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