Recently, construction firms have been implementing lean manufacturing practices to reduce waste and improve performance. Information technology systems are introduced to facilitate implementation of lean practices in construction. However, most construction firms are small- to medium-size and do not have enough resources and/or manpower to deploy these sophisticated and expensive IT solutions. This thesis presents a cost-effective and easy-to-use web-based system integrated with RFID technology and Google cloud computing service that increases visibility and traceability of material and information flows of construction supply chains. The real-time information provided by the proposed system enables users to promptly change inventory/fabrication/installation/shipping schedules against many unexpected events taking place in construction supply chains. Computer simulation models for a local construction firm are developed for both the current system and the proposed system. The experimental results show that the proposed system significantly outperforms the current system on various performance measures. Encouraged by these results, the construction firm is in process of implementing the proposed system full-scale.
|Advisor:||Lee, H. Felix|
|Commitee:||Azambuja, Marcelo, Ko, Hoo Sang, Lee, Felix|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|Department:||Mechanical and Industrial Engineering|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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