RFID in Construction

February 15, 2011 — 11 AM to 1 PM EST

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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 help improve the management of tools and other critical assets. Without leaving your desk, hear from end users about their use of RFID, and how the technology has benefited their company. Additional presentations will explain the role of RFID in various applications, which types of RFID systems are most applicable and how businesses can begin employing the technology on their construction sites.

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11:05 AMDriving Down Costs With RFID
Radio frequency identification can play a key role in helping companies manage the inventory of equipment arriving on a construction site, as well as reduce the incidence of theft and improve the tracking of assets. In this session, learn how Magnor Plant (part of the Morgan Est Group) utilizes RFID to help provide modern lifting equipment, safety devices, vehicles and accommodation units to all Morgan Est construction sites. Hear how tagged assets are being instantly scanned using handheld computers, enabling the firm to manage inspection and delivery schedules for each asset. And find out how these systems are helping Magnor effectively manage its inventory and logistics systems.
Neill Pawsey, Program Manager, COMIT
11:30 AMUsing RFID for Laydown Yard Management
Learn how Zachry, one of the world's largest construction companies focused on the energy sector, employs RFID technology to support the management of equipment in its laydown yards. In this session, the company will discuss the value of RFID technology to manage the location and identification of a variety of products used throughout the construction of various energy plants. With more than 15,000 employees, and an international and ever-changing footprint of construction locations, RFID supports Zachry's capability to plann, build and maintain major facilities in the energy sector.
John Corzo, Manager of Procurement, Zachry Industrial
11:55 AMAutomating Load Counting With RFID to Improve Accuracy
Counting and tracking vehicle loads into and out of a construction yard or work site has typically been a manual, error-prone and-time consuming process. Manual processes inhibit productivity and increase costs. Learn how new applications, coupled with battery-assisted passive (BAP) RFID technology with superior range and portability, automates the process in order to improve efficiency, accuracy and profitability.
Jeff Kimmel, Director of Product Management, Heavy Construction Systems Specialists (HCSS)
Jim West, Product Manager, Heavy Construction Systems Specialists (HCSS)
Peter Mehring, CEO, Intelleflex
12:15 PMRFID Journal LIVE! 2011 Advance Preview: RFID in Construction
This year's LIVE! event will take place on Apr. 12-14, 2011, at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla. In addition to presenting a full program agenda, an array of knowledgeable speakers and an expanded trade-show floor with more than 175 exhibitors, LIVE! 2011 will feature RFID in Construction on Apr. 12. Hear from some of this preconference seminar's speakers, and get a brief overview of the projects they've deployed, along with an advance look at some early results, before the conference opens.
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Francis Rabuck, Director, Intelligent Infrastructure Lab, Bentley Systems
Dr. Pat King, Founder, Technologies ROI, LLC
Neill Pawsey, Project Manager, FIATECH
12:40 PMUsing RFID to Track the Movements of High-Value Materials
The Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT), with assistance from researchers at the University of Alaska, recently completed a pilot that tracked asphalt-filled dump trucks from a weigh station in Anchorage to the Glenn Highway construction site, located about an hour's drive away. This involved utilizing an RFID solution that includes 900 MHz active tags attached to trucks, as well as readers installed at the weigh station and attached to a paver—a vehicle that applies hot-mix asphalt to a new road surface—on the construction site. Asphalt, which costs approximately $115 per ton, must be laid while still warm in order for it to set properly, or else a road could experience cracks or other problems down the line. In this session, hear how the pilot used radio frequency identification to track a total of 50,000 tons of asphalt, laid along a 10-mile-long section of a six-lane roadway under construction. Learn how the project provided accurate and reliable data, including an exact record of when each truck was at a particular location, as well as how long it remained there.
Jim Sweeney, P.E., Research Engineer, Statewide Research Section, Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT)