University of Calgary

University of Calgary

April 26, 2012 14:00 ET

University of Calgary: High-tech tracking to improve safety on construction sites

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 26, 2012) - Construction management experts at the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering have developed a system that uses high-tech tracking devices to improve safety on construction sites. This will help prevent materials from being placed too close to edges and falling off buildings.

The system uses Ultra Wide-Band signals, a type of radio-frequency technology, to track the location of objects in real time. Monitoring the location of people, equipment and building materials will reduce accidents on worksites.

The goal is to increase efficiency in the construction industry while improving safety for workers and the general public.

What: Tracking system for building materials and equipment on construction sites

When: Friday, April 27, 2012

10:00 a.m. to noon

Where: Civil Engineering Laboratory - enter at F Block loading dock in Parking Lot 13

Printable map: http://schulich.ucalgary.ca/files/schulich/ENGG-map1.pdf

Who: Farnaz Sadeghpour, civil engineering professor, Project Management Specialization

Reza Maalek, graduate student

Visuals: Laboratory demo

Safety: Visitors must stay within the designated area of the laboratory, which is a safe distance away from tools and equipment.

Media are welcome to park free-of-charge on campus, except in 24-hour reserved spots, loading zones, handicapped stalls and fire lanes. If your vehicle is not a marked media vehicle, please leave a media business card in your window. See map of U of C parking lots at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/map/

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