A study on integrating BIM with RFID to develop a PPVC logistic management and installation system
Date of Issue2017
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Low efficiency and low level of productivity constantly plague the construction industry in Singapore. Under this situation, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) unveiled a research and development (R&D) roadmap, which indicates that using of advanced technologies and innovation to boost construction productivity. This R&D roadmap identified 35 key technologies under seven clusters, including Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) and Building Information Modelling (BIM). DfMA is the combination of the design for ease of manufacture of the parts that will form a product (Design for Manufacture), and the design of the product for ease of assembly (Design for Assembly). Prefabricated Pre-Finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) is an example of DfMA, which means manufacturing certain parts of the building work at factories (off-site) and then transport them to the actual site for assembly (on-site) – overlap some construction activities to lift productivity and ensure better quality under a controlled environment. It fundamentally changes the design and construction processes compared to the traditional cast-in-situ method. Moreover, BIM is a computer - aided technology which 3-D Virtual Design could virtualize the construction process, significantly improves construction productivity by pre-determination of design conflicts or constructability issues to reduce or even avoid rework and idle time for laborers. Furthermore, Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFID) provides effective items tracking and inventory management in the construction supply chains to further improve construction productivity. This Final Year Project explores the adoption of PPVC Technology in Singapore. Based on two case study projects, the benefits, as well as limitations of PPVC Technology have been identified. Integration both BIM and RFID to develop a PPVC Logistic Management and Installation System is technologically feasible and efficient to improve construction productivity.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University