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The Toronto Section of AACE Canada (founded 1975) has more than 300 members from a wide range of companies in the Greater Toronto area. Our members are involved in a broad range of disciplines, including estimating, cost control, planning, scheduling, claims management, project management and management sciences. The Toronto Section holds monthly Technical Meetings and additionalseminars are held to improve the professional skills of our members.

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Tracking and control of construction projects depends mainly on the time required, accuracy, and frequency to capture and process onsite data of construction operations. Manual dataacquisition methods may not be reliable or sufficient, as they are contingent upon the motivation, judgment, and skills of the site personnel in capturing and processing this data. To address these challenges, this article presents an automated data acquisitionframework and its software implementation for integrated data acquisition in construction. The automated framework integrates building information modeling (BIM) and a set of automated site data acquisition technologies. It captures onsite data using several technologies. An onsite person equipped with a tablet PC with the BIM of the project will be able to provide visualization capabilities. As well, for data capturing, the tablet PC will need a Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, RFID reader, barcode reader and a camera. The developed framework and its supporting algorithms are implemented in a prototype software named “BIM+.” This is a two-tier software that uses an object-oriented BIM model. This article reinforces and applies the framework and its developed software to a real project case study. This article was first presented as BIM-3678 at the 2021 AACE International Conference & Expo.

Ali Montaser, P.Eng, CCP, EVP, PSP

Ali Montaser has over 20 years of professional experience in engineering, construction, project management, and project controls, which spans across Canada, USA and the Middle East. He gained experience working on mega programs and projects within several industries including transit/rail, heavy civil, oil, gas & petrochemical, energy & power, and commercial construction. Ali is a member of AACE since 2010 and has earned CCP, PSP, and EVP designations. He has a PhD from Concordia university in Montreal and is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in Ontario. Ali is currently an Associate Director with Comtech and leads a team of planning and scheduling experts working on the largest transit infrastructure program in Canadian history (Go Expansion).

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