Guidelines for Applications of RFID and Wireless Technologies in Highway Construction and Asset Management

Advancement in sensing and transmitting technologies such as radio-frequency identification (RFID), barcodes, e-ticketing, global positioning systems, and other associated technologies has significantly improved wireless transmission. Projects where such devices were used reported beneficial outcomes through improved resource and quality management. The wireless transmission technology enables sensing, counting, measuring, documenting, identifying, locating, tracking, and transmitting information in real time. These features can significantly improve construction project and infrastructure asset management. However, the beneficial outcomes have not attracted the highway construction industry to adopt it to its fullest potential There are significant gaps between the capability of existing wireless transmission technologies and their implementation. Therefore, there is a need to provide guidelines for state departments of transportation (DOTs) to select the appropriate technology for a specific application for highway construction and infrastructure asset management The objectives of this research were to (1) develop guidelines for the applications of RFID and wireless technologies for highway construction and infrastructure asset management and (2) plan and conduct a workshop to introduce the proposed guidelines to an audience of DOT staff and other stakeholders. The research included readiness assessment of RFID and wireless technologies for different applications and implementation requirements.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $370000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-140

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Abu-Hawash, Ahmad

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Kentucky Research Foundation

    Lexington, Kentucky  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Dadi, Gabriel

  • Start Date: 20200805
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230206
  • Actual Completion Date: 20230206

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01707672
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-140
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 7 2019 3:47PM