ITcon Vol. 18, pg. 119-147, http://www.itcon.org/2013/7

Use of embedded RFID tags in concrete element supply chains

submitted:2012
revised:February 2013
published:April 2013
editor(s):Amor R
authors:Jouni Ikonen, Associate Professor,
Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
jouni.ikonen@lut.fi

Antti Knutas, MSc.,
Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
antti.knutas@lut.fi

Harri Hämäläinen, MSc.,
Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
harri.hamalainen@lut.fi

Marko Ihonen, MSc.,
Miradore Ltd, Finland
marko.ihonen@lut.fi

Jari Porras, Professor,
Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
jari.porras@lut.fi

Tommi Kallonen, MSc.,
Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
tommi.kallonen@lut.fi
summary:Precast concrete components are basic element of modern construction industry. Their lifecycle involves many steps, in which the element's progress is usually tracked on paper. Similarly construction projects do not often have a formal information management process. Increased traceability and information management could address issues related to duplicated information management work, lack of real-time information, information delays and access issues. A study of how an information system can be integrated to the construction process and what kind of services can be implemented with the unique tracking of precast concrete elements is reported here. The tracking and data management is implemented with embedded RFID chips in each of the elements. The viability of building information modelling, traceability, management, gathering of quality management data and logistics location management services are shown to work with a series of pilot projects. The information system increases the amount and the detail of data, providing more tools for data management and reduces the amount of human errors involved in information management.
keywords:mobile technology, radio identification, logistics, supply chain, construction, information technology
full text: (PDF file, 1.363 MB)
citation:Ikonen J, Knutas A, Hämäläinen H, Ihonen M, Porras J, Kallonen T (2013). Use of embedded RFID tags in concrete element supply chains, ITcon Vol. 18, pg. 119-147, http://www.itcon.org/2013/7