Automated tool tracking on the construction site

James D. Goedert, E. T. Foster, Jason Jewell, John Bartek

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Construction companies need to find a balance between the cost of lost or stolen tools and equipment and the cost associated with tracking them. The objective of this research was to develop a tool and/or equipment management system using a construction gangbox modified with a radio frequency identification reader, antennas, and custom communication hardware and software. The system allows users to automatically check in or out tagged tools and/or equipment. It was laboratory tested for functionality using 50 tools over varying read times and found to be both accurate and reliable. The prototype costs are discussed along with potential cost reductions and improvements. The system can be extended to include materials and has the potential for use in industries other than construction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-23
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Construction Education and Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Identification
  • RFID
  • Security
  • Theft loss prevention
  • Tools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Education


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