RFID in Construction
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RFID can play a key role in helping companies manage the inventory of materials arriving on a construction site, as well as reduce theft and improve the management of tools and other critical assets. This preconference seminar will share how end users are using RFID today. Additional presentations will explain the role of RFID in various applications, as well as which types of systems are most applicable, and how businesses can begin employing the technology on their construction sites.
RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars provide in-depth information on specific aspects of EPC and RFID technologies. Attendees can choose to participate in one of these sessions prior to the opening of the main conference program. Preconference seminars are available through All Access, Conference + Preconference or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.
April 14, 2010
New to RFID? Here's your opportunity to gain a basic introduction to the fundamentals of the technology. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems, and the need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session will also include a brief overview of the EPCglobal network, the future of ISO standards, ETSI reader regulations and the latest standardization efforts worldwide. Finally, the relationship between different standards in the area of RFID and EPC technologies, including the latest EPC Gen 2 standard, will be presented.
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Tool, Equipment and Consumable Inventory Management
The use of a tool-management system and automated data-collection technology such as RFID and bar codes to track tools, equipment and consumables from warehouse to job site to worker provides a compelling return on investment. This session will discuss how this technology is used, what the challenges are and where the ROI is derived, and attendees will have hands-on time to play with the technology.
Dean Perry, President, ToolHound
Smart Chips, Smart Solutions
At the prompting of its members, FIATECH investigated commercial-ready and near-ready RFID technologies that can be easily adapted for field construction and operations, as well as maintenance applications. The project, known as Smart Chips, planned, resourced and completed eight in-field pilot tests of commercial-ready technologies in high-interest construction-industry applications, including the use of sensors to accelerate concrete maturity readings, locating and tracking fabricated pipe, tracking materials and assets, site tool management and structural strain monitoring. Last year, FIATECH completed a study on leveraging technology to improve construction productivity. Results and findings from this research will be presented and discussed.
Nicole Testa Boston, Deputy Director, FIATECH
Near-Real-Time Monitoring of Project Components
A field test of materials identification and localization technologies was conducted to measure the impact of such technologies on construction productivity at a standard construction project site. Data collected with RFID tags and a GPS device was combined to track materials in large lay-down yard areas. The field test showed that improvements in materials tracking not only enhanced craft labor productivity and expedited materials retrieval to the staging areas, but also improved the predictability and reliability that materials were available when required.
David Grau, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama
The Use of RFID in Tracking Highway Coating Materials in the Supply Chain
Roadtech, a U.K.-based manufacturer, supplier and installer of specialized highway coating materials, has historically experienced problems in effectively controlling the movement and supply of these materials within its own internal supply chain. This has led to high levels of wastage, estimated between 5 and 10 percent. The company has required a new system that tracks materials from the point of manufacture to local storage depots, then tracks their distribution via individual vehicle-based work teams to the point of delivery and installation. Roadtech has recently been working with Construction Opportunities for Mobile IT (COMIT) to develop a system employing resin-encapsulated RFID tags, as well as handheld, portal and vehicle-mounted scanners, to solve this problem. This case study will present the results of the testing conducted to date, along with the proposed final solution.
Neill Pawsey, Project Manager, FIATECH
RFID for Materials Management and Productivity Improvement
Most material available for implementing RFID technology currently centers on the manufacturing and retail industries. The benefits and true potential of implementing this technology are virtually untapped by the construction sector because the industry, as a whole, has not yet realized the value it can provide. To illustrate that value, FIATECH has produced RFID for Materials Management and Productivity Improvement, the first in a series of volumes intended to help users implement technology on construction projects. The findings from this publication will be discussed, including specific resources to access the requirements, implementation and usage of RFID on a construction job site.
Todd Sutton, Business Unit Manager, Zachry Construction Corp.
Physical and Data Standards and Rugged Metal Tagging Within the Construction Industry
There are important contrasts between myth, magic and reality that apply to RFID, particularly as the technology transitions from retail to heavy-industry applications. In this session, learn about the relationship between a bag of potato chips, a can of soda, a tsunami, the Port of Galveston and the defining characteristics of RFID within the construction industry, and get clear and specific recommendations regarding relevant standards for uses of RFID in that sector. Many RFID tags currently rely on "tough" names to suggest utility. Others flash standards compliance, such as IP-68, as an indication of differentiation. These are the potato chips of the construction industry—the meaning of which will be made clear during the presentation. This session is recommended for anyone paying for RFID who expects useful lives for tags to match the useful lives of the parts they mark.
Dr. Pat King, Founder, Technologies ROI, LLC
Looking AheadExploring RFID and Related Emerging Technologies for Construction
As the construction and facility-management industries begin to deploy RFID solutions, new issues beyond the selection of readers and tags begin to emerge. This session will explore some of these emerging issues, including infrastructure setup (communication options to consider in an open environment), alternative mobile devices as readers (digital pens and tablets, interactive hands-free or head-mounted mobile devices, and cell phone readers), and unique issues involving rugged and metal-friendly tags (including ATEX certification and data standards).
Ed Koch, Automation Specialist and Software Product Manager, Bechtel
Francis Rabuck, Director, Intelligent Infrastructure Lab, Bentley Systems
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RFID Journal LIVE! 2010 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.
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