Intelligent tagging: iTag
This is a 25mm diameter, 2MB computer chip embedded - eventually - into near 20,000 items, from hospital boiler to light fittings, and offering each one's total service history. Armed with a hand held computer to read the chip, the maintenance engineer knows what, when and by whom the item was last serviced. An updated service record can be downloaded to the main computer. The £40,000 cost can be recouped in three years, claims the contractor, through increased efficiency and productivity.
Bar coding new items allowing easy to locate and electronic ordering and invoicing.
Electronic storage of drawings: image management.
Half the project's 6737 drawings - including those of subcontractors' - are stored on disc. They are available to anyone, on site or in the main office. This allows the overlay of superseded versions showing colour revisions and deletions. Close ups can be printed from screen. Cost is £30,000. Paper savings so far are £5,000 with the estimated eventual total saving being £75,000.