Radio Frequency Identification in Construction Operation and Maintenance: Contextual Analysis of User Needs

Kristian Birch Sørensen, Per Christiansson, Kjeld Svidt, Kim Jacobsen, Thomas Simoni

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Abstract

As early as in 1995 it was stated that automatic identification of objects using RFID was a promising technology for the construction industry. However, 13 years later the applications of RFID in the construction industry are rare and mostly used in prototype projects or used for theft prevention and access control. Recently maintenance applications have been proposed to hold the trigger needed to launch RFID more widely in the construction sector. Therefore the purpose of the research presented in this paper is to identify the actual user needs for automatic identification in construction operation and maintenance. Research results from a contextual design process are presented and supplemented with practical experiences from implementing an RFID-supported operation and maintenance system. The greatest obstacles for successful implementation of RFID-based O&M systems have been found in structuring working processes and information rather than in making the hardware work.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2008
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventInternational Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering : International Conference on Information Technology in Construction - Beijing, China
Duration: 16 Oct 200818 Oct 2008
Conference number: 12

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering : International Conference on Information Technology in Construction
Number12
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period16/10/200818/10/2008

Keywords

  • Radio Frequency Identification
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Contextual design
  • User needs
  • Mobile IT
  • System development
  • Pilot test

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