RFID JOURNAL VIRTUAL EVENTS

RFID in Construction

September 01, 2009 — 10 AM to 1 PM EST

In partnership with:
FIATECH
Platinum Sponsor:
ThingMagic

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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Agenda
10:05 AMSupply Chain Case Study
In this session, a leading construction company will present a case study outlining how it has used RFID technology to track materials within its supply chain. The speaker will discuss the challenges the firm faced in tagging certain materials and reading tags on those materials, and explain how such issues were overcome. He will also explore the benefits achieved with RFID technology, and there will be a 10-minute question-and-answer session with the online audience.
Moderator:
Francis Rabuck, Director, Intelligent Infrastructure Lab, Bentley Systems
Panelist:
Ed Koch, Automation Specialist and Software Product Manager, Bechtel
10:45 AMZachry Construction Company: Tool- and Asset-Tracking Case Study
In this session, Zachry Construction Company will present a case study outlining how it has utilized RFID technology to track tools and assets within its operations. The speaker will explain the challenges the firm faced in tagging tools, and the technology choices it made to overcome such issues. He will also explain the benefits achieved with RFID technology, and there will be a 10-minute question-and-answer session with the online audience.
Moderator:
Francis Rabuck, Director, Intelligent Infrastructure Lab, Bentley Systems
Panelists:
Todd Sutton, Business Unit Manager, Zachry Construction Corp.
Daniel Slade, Manager Construction Automation, Jacobs
11:30 AMUHF RFID Solutions for the Construction Market
In this session, ThingMagic will explain how its UHF RFID products, including the ruggedized ThingMagic Vega reader, can be used for asset and vehicle tracking, fleet and personnel management and other important applications within the construction market. ThingMagic will present a case study detailing how it is working with Ford Motor Company and DeWalt to deliver a tool-tracking solution to the construction and consumer markets. There will be a 10-minute question-and-answer session with the online audience.
Speaker:
Ravi Pappu, Co-Founder & Head of Advanced Development Group, ThingMagic
11:50 AMAutomating Field Materials Tracking Processes
Successful use of technology to improve construction productivity involves more than mastering the technical characteristics of the technology. The Construction Industry Institute (CII) Research Team 240 evaluated the influence of external factors during two field tests of materials tracking and locating technologies, which were conducted to measure how using such technologies can improve productivity on prototypical construction projects.
In this session, hear about the results of projects in Rockdale, Texas, and Toronto. Learn how the field tests showed that RFID not only improved the productivity of the construction force and the retrieval of materials in the lay-down areas, but also improved the predictability and reliability that materials would be available when needed.
Speaker:
David Grau, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama
12:15 PMIntegrating RFID Standards Across the Construction Industry
During this session, get an update on the work being done by FIATECH to establish standards for RFID technology in the construction industry. Our panel of experts will also discuss when, where and why standards are needed. The discussion will cover the ISO 18000-7, ISO 15926 and Dash7 standards; active, passive, battery-assisted passive (BAP) and Gen 2 RFID; and GPS, ultra-wideband (UWB), 802.11 (Wi-Fi), acoustic and ZigBee technologies.
Moderator:
Francis Rabuck, Director, Intelligent Infrastructure Lab, Bentley Systems
Panelists:
Ian Glendinning, Information Risk Management, DNV
Dr. Pat King, Founder, Technologies ROI, LLC
12:20 PMQ&A With Speakers