Tracking Infrastructure

How Does An RFID Tag Work?

Posted by Jeff Pollock

May 25, 2018 4:31:04 PM

 

RFID systems are becoming more and more prevalent. We drive through tolls and the RFID tag in our car is automatically read and we are charged. Tags are included on items in stores to deter shoplifting. Hospital equipment is tagged so that supplies can be tracked. And, of course, infrastructure products are being tagged at manufacture so that critical QC/QA information can be tracked throughout the product's life cycle. They are everywhere but... how does it actually work?

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Topics: Idencia Tips

Customer Ideas for RFID Concrete Tracking

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 18, 2017 10:04:19 AM

 

Over the past two and a half years about 80 precast and prestressed concrete manufacturers have subscribed to the Idencia concrete tracking system to improve inventory control and implement paperless QC processes. As they have integrated Idencia into their operations, they have developed some great ideas for improvements based on their user experiences. We welcome this input because our customers often come up with suggestions that may never have occurred to us. Every once in a while we like to report the new features that have been developed from these ideas.

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Topics: Idencia Tips, Idencia Use Cases

Connected Concrete: A Deeper Dive

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 10, 2017 6:01:50 PM

 

We were pleased to be asked to speak at the Command Alkon ELEVATE 2017 customer conference this past week. As the theme implies, creating ways to offer more customer value was a topic of extensive discussion. The Idencia presentation was Connected Concrete: An Opportunity to Lead. Since this was the topic of last week's post, we thought we would provide a deeper dive in this post by sharing our slide deck. Thanks to Command Alkon for a great conference!

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Market Insights

Precast Will Deliver Connected Concrete

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 3, 2017 3:09:25 PM

 

As project owners and contractors adapt to the demands of the coming infrastructure boom, precast and prestressed concrete manufacturers will be forced to redefine the nature of the products they provide. They will have to deliver "Connected Concrete", concrete that can deliver information.

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Market Insights

The High Stakes of Infrastructure: Contractors

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Oct 28, 2017 12:15:30 PM

 

The construction industry has lagged the general economy in productivity growth for 70 years. With $4.6 trillion of infrastructure rebuilding required over the next 8 years, project owners will be pressed to achieve maximum cost efficiency in order to stretch limited funding dollars as far as possible. This is the second in a series of posts that explores the stakes of rebuilding this country's infrastructure for each party in the construction value chain. Today we discuss construction contractors.

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Topics: Market Insights, Infrastructure News

The High Stakes of Infrastructure: DOTs

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Oct 21, 2017 5:03:50 PM

 

A future of crumbling roads and bridges, trillions of dollars in investment needs, a national economy that requires modern infrastructure to remain competitive globally and the inevitable transition to 'Smart Cities'.  These are all factors that create the highest stakes confronting federal, state and municipal departments of transportation (DOTs) since World War II. 

This is the first in a series of blog posts in which we address the opportunities and potential pitfalls faced by each party in the infrastructure value chain as a result of the unique circumstances in place today. We start at the top of the chain with the project owners: DOTs.

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Topics: Market Insights, Smart Infrastructure

Why Concrete Tracking Is BIG In Texas

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Aug 3, 2017 3:51:17 PM


Texas is rapidly becoming one of the most active states in using RFID tracking for managing production and inventory control of precast concrete. Why?

For one reason, precast and prestressed concrete producers selling to TX DOT are required to produce production and quality assurance records known as PC-2 and PC-7 reports (for prestressed and precast producers, respectively). These are very detailed reports that concrete tracking systems prepare automatically, saving a lot of administrative time.

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Topics: Idencia Use Cases

Can Precast Lead Construction Productivity?

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jul 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In Reinventing Construction: A Route to Higher Productivity, the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that improved efficiency in procurement and supply chain management can produce a 7-8% improvement in construction productivity. Effective utilization of technology is estimated to produce a 14-15% productivity improvement. Apply these numbers to the $4.6 Trillion of infrastructure investment required through 2025 according to the American Society of Civil Engineers and we are talking over $1 Trillion of savings from these two measures alone. The precast concrete industry has a unique opportunity to lead in both.

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Topics: Market Insights

RFID Tracking for Smart Cities

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jun 17, 2017 1:56:33 PM

 

All of a sudden it seems that everyone is interested in 'Smart Cities'. Publishers are creating periodicals dedicated to them (our favorite is Smart Cities Dive); in 2016 the venture capital community invested $2.7 billion in the sector; and now business accelerators (DreamIt and Urban-X, to name two) are incubating companies dedicated to the space. This is because, for the first time in the history of the planet, more than 50% of the world's population is currently living in urban areas (80% in the US). Projected to rise to 66% by 2050, this is unsustainable without a complete overhaul of existing infrastructure and services. No wonder that leading investors are focusing on the 'Smart Cities' opportunity.

RFID tracking will serve as its foundation.

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure

Precast and BIM

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jun 4, 2017 9:36:30 AM

 

On May 17, Dodge Data & Analytics released a new report on the use of BIM in the civil construction market.  BIM, an acronym for building information modeling, is a 3D model-based process used by architecture, engineering, construction and asset management professionals in the design, planning, construction and management of buildings and infrastructure. By creating and saving designs and as-built information in an electronic model, all phases of the construction and asset management processes are more efficient than working off of information stored in paper files. What does this mean for the precast and prestressed concrete industry?

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Topics: Market Insights

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Tracking Infrastructure is a blog about innovation in the manufacture, construction and management of infrastructure.

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