Case Builds for RFID in Construction

By Jonathan Collins

Fluor Construction found that active RFID tags could track large metal pipes stacked on a truck with 100 percent accuracy. But there are issues to overcome before the technology is widely used in the construction industry.

In September, an RFID trial was conducted at a pipe fabrication plant in Houston, Tex., to determine whether RFID could help automate the shipment and delivery of key materials from fabrication plants to construction sites. One key goal was to see if the technology could stand up to the rigors of harsh construction industry environments. The three-phase trial was hosted by Fluor Construction, one of the world's largest, public...

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