An implementation model for automated construction materials tracking and locating Journal Article uri icon



  • Good materials management on large construction projects is critical for maximizing productivity and project performance. When key materials are temporarily lost, whole crews may be left idle and the project may be delayed. When key materials are completely lost, the impact can be enormous. In fact, one of the major problems in managing construction materials and equipment is tracking them in the supply chain and knowing their location on large job sites. Fortunately, location can now be automatically estimated within metres using emerging technologies. This paper proposes a general implementation model for automated construction materials tracking and locating on large industrial projects, such as refineries and power plants. It includes a methodology for determining what type of technology should be used for different types of projects and construction materials. It is based on an analysis of the capabilities of emerging technologies and on experience gained from implementing automated materials tracking prototypes on two large industrial projects. It is concluded that these technologies can produce substantial net benefits, if implemented properly on the right projects using the model described here.

publication date

  • April 1, 2010

has restriction

  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • October 2, 2013 2:01 AM

Full Author List

  • Nasir H; Haas CT; Young DA; Razavi SN; Caldas C; Goodrum P

author count

  • 6

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0315-1468

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1208-6029

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 588

end page

  • 599


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