RFID-Enabled Building Information Modeling (BIM) Platform for Prefabrication Housing Production in Hong Kong

Department: Real Estate and Construction
Research Centre: iLab;
Active Dates: March 2014 - July 2016

Principal Investigator: G.Q. HUANG (PI), Wilson W.S. LU (Co-I), S.T. NG (Co-I), Q.P. SHEN (Co-I)
Funding body: ITP/045/13LP


This project proposes to develop an RFID-enabled service-oriented BIM platform for enhancing prefabrication housing production in Hong Kong. The proposal is firmly built upon R&D strengths accumulated among the applicant and collaboration organizations including The University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Hong Kong Housing Authority. The platform provides three sets of innovative technical deliverables. The first set includes core technologies that help creating smart construction infrastructure where real-time construction data are captured using advanced ubiquitous devices. The second set includes service-oriented decision support systems for facilitating decisions and operations at three key stages of the house construction project lifecycle (prefab production, prefab logistics and house construction with prefabs). The third set includes real-time information traceability, visibility and interoperability tools that integrate and interact with existing information systems. The use of the platform will facilitate (1) seamless communication and coordination among multiple stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle, (2) more efficient cross-border prefabrication logistic and supply chain management (LSCM), and (3) better coordination at construction sites for Just-In-Time (JIT) housing production.


  1. Seamless communication and coordination among multiple stakeholders through improved information interoperability between processes.
  2. More efficient cross-border prefabrication logistic and supply chain management (LSCM) through improved its real-time information visibility and traceability.
  3. Seamless communication and coordination around construction site to enable a Just-in-Time (JIT) housing production.


  1. Smart construction objects (SCOs) and gateway are developed to capture the real-time construction data.
  2. The RBIMP traceability tool allows identification of objects in a fully automated manner. The RFID tags are embedded in the prefab parts and goes through the whole lifecycle of construction projects.
  3. RBIMP-DSIS works as an information sharing adapter so that all the heterogeneous data sources could be seamlessly integrated.


Selected peer-reviewed journal papers

  • Chen, K., Lu, W., Peng, Y., Rowlinson, S., and Huang, G. Q. (2015). Bridging BIM and building: From a literature review to an integrated conceptual framework. International journal of project management, 33(6), 1405-1416.
  • Niu, Y., Lu, W., Chen, K., Huang, G. G., and Anumba, C. (2015). Smart Construction Objects. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 04015070.
    Flanagan, R., Jewell, C., Lu, W.S., and Pekericli, K. (2014) Auto-ID – Bridging the physical and the digital on construction projects. Chartered Institute of Building. ISBN 1853800191. 38p.

Selected international conference papers

  • Chen, K. and Lu, W.S. (2015). A BIM-Centred System for Buffer Management. In Proceedings of Going north for sustainability: Leveraging knowledge and innovation for sustainable construction and development, 23-25 Nov 2015, London.
  • Chen, K., Lu, W.S., Peng, Y., Zheng, L.Z., Niu, Y.H., and Rowlinson, S. (2015). An investigation of the latent barriers to BIM adoption and development. In Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate, 23-25 Oct 2015, Hangzhou, China.
Enlarge Photo: Photo 1: Dissemination workshop “Special Session on Prefabricated Housing Production” held at LSCM Logistics Summit 2014 on 18th Sep 2015Enlarge Photo: RFID-Enabled Building Information Modeling (BIM) Platform for Prefabrication Housing Production in Hong Kong 2