Term of Award

Spring 1997

Degree Name

Master of Technology

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)


Department of Industrial Technology

Committee Chair

Keith F. Hickman

Committee Member 1

David Williams

Committee Member 2

Charles H. Perry


Effective construction project management relies on data that can be processed into information (Bernold, 1990). Therefore, information on the construction project plays a key role in construction project management (Abudayyeh, 1991). Consequently, information management on the construction project is vital to the success of the construction project (Rasdorf, 1990). Bar coding is one option that can be used in the construction industry as an effective means of managing information (Stukhart, 1987).

The retail and manufacturing industries have used bar coding technology for several years to manage information (Bell, 1988) although the use of bar coding technology to manage information in the construction industry is only beginning to gain notable attention (McCullouch, 1994). As a result, the construction industry operates at a grave disadvantage when compared to the retail and manufacturing industries although the technology necessary to implement bar coding into the construction industry has existed for several years (Bernold, 1990).

The problem of this study was to determine the need for implementing bar coding technology into the construction industry in Georgia and Alabama as perceived by construction companies.

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