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Trialling the Value of RFID Tracking Systems in Prefabricated Timber Construction

Project Member(s): Forsythe, P., Ahmadian Fard Fini, A.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited RDC (Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited)

Start year: 2016

Summary: Productivity in the construction sector is often cited as being problematic. Prefabrication is seen as one of eight key visions of the Australian Construction Vision 2020 for improving the efficiency and performance of the construction sector. To some extent, the timber industry is dependant in prefabrication if it is to successfully enter into new multistorey building markets as it is one of the main points of difference it holds over traditional in situ concrete construction. Advanced digital technologies complement the ability to implement prefabrication. A promising technology in this area concerns Radio-frequency identification tags (RFIDs). The project focuses on the potential use and value proposition of such technology on objects such as prefabricated timber floor, wall, beams and roof assemblies.


Forsythe, P & Ahmadian Fard Fini, A Forest & Wood Products Australia 2018, Trialling the Value of RFID Technology in Prefabricated Timber Construction, no. PNA381-1516, pp. 1-43, Australia.
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Forsythe, P & Ahmadian Fard Fini, A 2018, 'RFID Technologyin Prefabricated Timber Construction - User Guide', Forest & Wood Products Australia, Australia.

Forsythe, PJ & Carey, B 2017, 'Application of RFID in the Prefabricated Timber Industry', AUBEA 2017, Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference 2017, EPiC Education Science, Melbourne, pp. 271-278.
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FOR Codes: Construction Materials Performance and Processes, Building