Trialling the Value of RFID Technology in Prefabricated Timber Construction
This project addressed the potential value that tha use of Radio- Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) can add to prefabricated timber construction and to undertake basic development of a RFID tracking model in assisting this task. The methods used in this study, not only build upon knowledge obtained from the previous literature but also include industry interviews, lab and primary technological setup, detailed field trial design, and field trial. The investigations showed that the value proposition of RFID tracking system tends be strongest where there exist large scale and vertically integrated supply chains, logistics complexity between a limited number of discrete but partnered supply chain links, and/or internal logistically based complexity problems.
Five distinct value adding stages of RFID application were found in 1) incoming delivery logistics, 2) factory production of panels,
3) outgoing delivery logistics, 4) onsite installation, and 5) third parties who may inspect the finished construction work.
The technology was found to be under-utilised where used purely as an isolated tool by workers for digitally cross checking tags against hard copy timber panel lists. Utilisation of the technology as a strategic tool for monitoring productivity and controlling processes along the supply chains, through date and time stamping features, provide for expansive efficiencies.
An associated User Guide - RFID Technology in Prefabricated Timber Construction has also been produced (PNA381-1516a).