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Implementation of RFID technology for real-time materials tracking process in construction projects

Kasim, Narimah and Shamsuddin, Alina and Zainal, Rozlin and Che Kamarudin, Naadira (2012) Implementation of RFID technology for real-time materials tracking process in construction projects. In: 2012 IEEE Colloquium on Humanities, Science & Engineering Research (CHUSER 2012), 3-4 December 2012, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.


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The management of materials in construction projects is a key function that significantly contributes to the success of a project. Materials management is made problematic by materials shortages, delays in supply, price fluctuations, damage and wastage, and lack of storage space. Paper-based reports are mostly used to record and exchange information related to the materials component within a supply chain, which is problematic, error-prone, and inefficient. Generally, emerging technologies such as wireless system, bar-coding and RFID are not being adequately used to overcome human error and are not well integrated with project management systems to make the tracking and management of materials easier and faster. Thus,this study seeks to identify the potential employment of that technology focusing on RFID for materials management in construction projects. As a precursor to this work, a literature review on materials management and exploring RFID technology potentially being employ in materials tracking was conducted.The findings reveal the needs for more sophisticated materials management solutions to improve on-site materials tracking and inventory management processes. The paper concludes by presenting a real-time materials tracking process with RFID employment to improve materials management in the construction site.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: construction projects; materials management; realtime; RFID; tracking
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Real Estate Management
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2013 04:35
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 08:20
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/3477
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