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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 regarding 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 an All-Access, Conference + Preconference or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.

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April 12, 2011

10:30 AM

RFID Basics
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
• A general understanding of the various types of RFID systems and their applications
• An understanding of the different components of an RFID system and how they fit together

11:30 AM

Welcome and Introduction

Todd Sutton, Member, FIATECH

11:35 AM

Tags—Live: Smash, Bash and Attach
In this session, Francis Rabuck and Dr. Patrick King will conduct a live demonstration of RFID tags. Learn how to choose the right tag, and gain advice regarding selection, attachment and measuring tag capability.

Dr. Pat King, Founder, Technologies ROI, LLC
Francis Rabuck, Director, Intelligent Infrastructure Lab, Bentley Systems

12:15 PM

Leveraging Passive RFID to Re-Engineer Project Execution Processes
Passive RFID technology has been historically limited in terms of storage capacity and communication ranges. However, the fast-paced technical improvements of passive RFID in recent years, as well as the technology's minimum unit costs, offer an exceptional opportunity to impact the capital-projects industry with more intelligent and automated construction processes. This presentation will discuss a new FIATECH project that leverages the company's successful past experience with sensing and RFID technologies for an automated and intelligent construction job site.

Todd Sutton, Business Unit Manager, Zachry Construction Corp.

1:00 PM


1:45 PM

Tool Management Using RFID
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 such technologies are used, what the challenges are and where the ROI is derived.

Dean Perry, President, ToolHound

2:30 PM

RFID for Access Control on Construction Sites
Consolidated Contractors Co. (CCC) is a construction contractor based in Athens, Greece. The firm has recently seen an increase in the size of the projects it undertakes, and the number of laborers and operatives per site has increased accordingly. Monitoring and controlling access at the project construction site and camp gates is becoming more and more time-consuming. This requires significant monitoring and control efforts—particularly in the morning and at the end of the day, when hundreds of workers must cross the gates in as short time as possible. In this session, learn how CCC is using RFID to monitor the entry and exit of its employees and vehicles. Hear how the company is testing RFID on two projects in the United Arab Emirates that will allow it to accurately track and count personnel and vehicles arriving at and leaving the sites.

Firas Hijazi, Manager of Business System Unit, Consolidated Contractors Co.

3:15 PM


3:30 PM

Looking Ahead—Exploring RFID and Related Emerging Technologies for Construction
As the construction and facility-management (FM) industry begins to deploy RFID solutions, new issues beyond the selection of RFID reader and tag technologies begin to emerge. This session will explore some of these emerging issues, including communications infrastructure on-site; automatic-identification technologies for Near Field Communication (NFC) and bar codes; real-time locating systems (RTLS); intelligent infrastructure for roads, bridges and buildings; the role of new mobile and tablet operating-system (OS) devices; the SmartGrid; and the role of sensors. Learn how these technologies will dramatically change the future of the construction industry and the owner-operator environment.

Francis Rabuck, Director, Intelligent Infrastructure Lab, Bentley Systems

4:15 PM

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