Linking radio-frequency identification to Building Information Modeling: Status quo, development trajectory and guidelines for practitioners

Fan Xue, Ke Chen, Weisheng Lu, Yuhan Niu, G. Q. Huang

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Abstract

The global construction industry has witnessed the prolific development of radio-frequency identification (RFID), building information modeling (BIM), and most recently, linkage of the two. However, comparatively little attention has been paid to understanding the status quo and development trajectory of such RFID-enabled BIM systems. In view of the proliferation of existing RFID, BIM, and information linkage, practitioners would benefit from guidelines for choosing systems so that their construction engineering and management (CEM) needs can be better met. Accordingly, the study described in this paper has two interconnected research aims: (1) to identify current patterns and development trends in RFID-enabled BIM systems; and (2) to develop guidelines for choosing appropriate solutions for different CEM scenarios. A review of 42 actual cases published in scholarly papers reveals that RFID, used to identify objects and improve real-time information visibility and traceability, is now increasingly linked to BIM as a central information platform. This study provides practitioners with five-step guidelines for linking RFID to BIM for various CEM needs. It also provides researchers with a point of departure for further exploration of approaches to enhancing the value of RFID, BIM, and the integration of one with the other.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-251
Number of pages11
JournalAutomation in Construction
Volume93
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Building information modeling (BIM)
  • Guidelines
  • Linking RFID to BIM
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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