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NCHRP 03-140 [Final]

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

  Project Data
Funds: $370,000
Research Agency: University of Kentucky Research Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gabriel B. Dadi
Effective Date: 8/5/2020
Completion Date: 2/6/2023
Comments: The final deliverables have been published as NCHRP Research Report 1063 and NCHRP Web-Only Document 364


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. 

STATUS: The Guide has been published as NCHRP Research Report 1063 and the Final Report has been published as NCHRP Web-Only Document 364.

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