A Connected Work Zone Hazard Detection System for Highway Construction Work ZonesAuthor/Presenter: Han, Wenjun
In order to reduce the risk of collisions for roadway construction workers, this research aims to develop an innovative holistic solution at roadway work zones. In this research, a connected hazard detection and prevention system is developed to detect potential collision hazards in highway work zones and generate warning and instructions of imminent threats. This system collects real-time information from all the workers, construction equipment and connected/automated vehicles (CAV) of the work. A hazard detection algorithm is developed to identify potential proximity hazards between them as well as to recognize the activities of workers. The trajectories and safety status of each worker, equipment or vehicle is visualized on Virginia Connected Corridors (VCC) Monitor, a custom web-based tool, in real-time. A demonstration was held to evaluate the developed system, and the results proved the efficacy of the algorithm in successfully detecting potential collisions and provide prompt warnings and instructions. The developed holistic system helps managers and inspectors to keep track of the real-time safety status of their work zone worker, equipment and vehicles as well as the accidents occurrences. As such, with the connected work zone hazard detection system, the safety level and productivity of the workers is expected to be greatly enhanced.