Mobile Computing in the Construction Industry: Main Challenges and Solutions

Manuel Silverio Fernandez, Suresh Renukappa, Subashini Suresh, Angelines Donastorg Sosa

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Cloud computing (CC) enables users to access application remotely, providing mobility and ubiquitous data access; this would be an advantage in construction management. In addition, mobile cloud computing (MCC) enables mobile devices to augment constrained resources such as processing, storage, and battery autonomy by using the cloud infrastructure. This paper is aimed at proposing solutions to some of the main challenges of the construction sector by adopting mobile cloud services. A literature review was performed highlighting the potential benefits and risks in the implementation of CC, infrastructure and execution of MCC, and main challenges in the construction industry. The main benefits of adopting cloud-based resources are cost reduction, system mobility, system flexibility, and system maintenance. While the main risks are information security, privileged user access, regulatory compliance, data location, availability, and disaster recovery. In terms of execution, cloud-based mobile applications present mostly benefits since they enable users to execute ubiquitously high-performance operations in mobile devices. The review of the literature provided enough information for this paper to suggest solutions to some of the main challenges in the construction sector, namely: design, materials, finance, management, and knowledge. The solutions are mainly based on providing mobility, ubiquitous data access, and improved cross-functional communication.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship as Driving Forces of the Global Economy
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICLIE)
EditorsRachid Benlamri, Michael Sparer
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-43434-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-43433-9, 978-3-319-82823-7
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 20 Apr 201622 Apr 2016

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Business and Economics
ISSN (Print)2198-7246


ConferenceInternational Conference on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Abbreviated titleICLIE
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates


  • AEC sector
  • Construction industry
  • Mobile cloud computing
  • Mobile computing
  • Sustainability


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