Development of a Short Message Service (SMS) Based Online Earth Moving Equipment Catalogue
Athman Gunda1, Kiptanui Too2
1Athman Gunda, Department of Sustainable Materials Research and Technological Centre, Jkuat.
2Dr. Kiptanui Too, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Geotechnical and Transport Division.
Manuscript received on May 26, 2013. | Revised Manuscript received on June 17, 2013. | Manuscript published on June 30, 2013. | PP: 154-158 | Volume-2, Issue-5, June 2013. | Retrieval Number: E1732062513/2013©BEIESP

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Abstract: Earthmoving includes site preparation, excavation, embankment construction, backfilling, dredging, preparing base course, sub base, and sub grade, compaction, and road surfacing. The types of equipment used and the environmental conditions will affect the man- and machine-hours required to complete a given amount of work. Earth moving tools and equipment catalogue is essential for estimating onsite productivity and measuring project performance in earthmoving operations. This paper presents an online catalogue for earth moving operations Short Message Service (SMS), based system, developed for estimating performance of earth moving operations which will greatly assist contractors in selecting tools and equipment for earth works using SMS, making the system economical and efficient. The proposed system is programmed in c# programming language. The database is hosted on a MySQL and it uses Global system for mobile communication (GSM) to connect to a modem which in turn sends and receive short messages to and from the user. The developed system has been coded and the code request must contain only alphanumeric characters. Real case example of SMS request is analyzed to demonstrate the features of the developed online catalogue. When applied in the earthmoving industry the system can an enviable asset to contractors and increase the overall efficiency in earthmoving operations like embankment construction, backfilling, compaction and road surfacing, just to mention but a few.
Keywords: Earth Moving Operations (EMO), Global System for Mobile (GSM), Online Machine Catalogue (OMC), Short Message Service (SMS).