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Rfid systems in the non-residential construction industry : Improving construction logistics

Hurk, R.J.H. van den (2016) Rfid systems in the non-residential construction industry : Improving construction logistics.

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Abstract:Problem statement: The implementation of a ‘Control Tower’ is advised by many researchers in order to increase the control over the construction logistics. This is currently an error prone and inefficient process, which results in a decrease in labour productivity of jobsite workers and many wastes on site. This ‘Control Tower’ needs real-time information about the location of construction products throughout the supply chain. Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) is a technology which can offer this kind of information, however, since researchers describe only the construction sector and a RFID system, it is unclear for construction contractors which RFID system (there are many of them) should be applied in which situation (there are many different types of construction projects) in order to obtain the most added value of it. Research question: The main research question of this Master’s thesis is: ‘Which RFID system should be applied under which project circumstances in order to obtain the most added value for non-residential construction projects?’ Methodology: For the first research question, the added values of a RFID system are investigated by use of a literature analysis which describes the pros and cons of a RFID system for the non-residential construction industry. The determining project circumstances are identified by use of ten expert interviews from five totally different case studies. These experts were asked for bottlenecks in current construction logistics, the causes of these wastes and if they see an added value in the overview resulting from the previous question. By use of a within-case and cross-case analysis, the outcome of these expert interviews are analysed from which certain shared motivations became clear. These type of motivations are grouped together in order to identify different RFID Systems. A description and the comparison between these systems are submitted to three directors of the host company: Heijmans non-residential (director of ‘Design & Engineering’, director of ‘Projects’ and director of ‘Maintenance and Utilization’) in order to judge the potential added value of these system at the host company. These outcomes are compared with the findings of the author and the study in order to answer the main research question.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Heijmans NV., Rosmalen, the Netherlands
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Construction Management and Engineering MSc (60337)
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