Using Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) for Tracking Tools on a Construction Job Site
Availability of construction tools to workers is critical in completing construction activities on a jobsite. An inventory of tools is kept up by a construction superintendent on every jobsite. Typically assets in the inventory are not accounted at the end of each day. An asset may not be reported as missing until it is needed for completing a construction task and is discovered as missing. This study describes the use of radio frequency identification technology (RFID) for tracking tools on a construction jobsite. RFID uses radio waves to read a tag which contains a small integrated circuit chip and an antenna that is encapsulated in a protective shell. An electronic inventory of tools is collected by using a personal data assistant (PDA) that records the presence of these radio waves. The tags can be programmed for to contain data such as cost, type and location. Ten active RFID tags were attached to assets for this study. The tags were tested on random occasions and the results will be presented in this paper.
Keywords: Radio Frequency Identification, Active Tags, Passive Tags, Tool Tracking
Assistant Professor, Department of Building Science, Auburn University
His research is focused on the use of information technology to improve construction processes. Within Information Technology he is specifically interested in the following areas:
• Knowledge Management
• Web-Based Project Administration
• Using Mobile Computing Devices on Construction Job-Sites
• Use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in Construction
• Interoperability within Construction Software
• Four-Dimensional CAD
• Building Information Modeling (BIM)
• Paperless Process in Construction.
• Radio Frequency Identification Tags for tracking tools on a jobsite.
He is currently an active participant in the project management domain of the International Alliance for Interoperability.