BIM with Blockchain for Decentralised Circular Construction Supply Chain

Faris Elghaish, M. Reza Hosseini, Tuba Kocaturk, Mehrdad Arashpour, Masoomeh Bararzadeh Ledari

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Blockchain and smart contracts are measures to speed up the diffusion of circular economy into construction processes. Nevertheless, integrated solutions that cover all the aspects of circular supply chain including network structure, business processes, and products are still missing. This chapter addresses this gap, through offering a workable solution to address the disconnected nature of blockchain adoption across construction procedures. Informed by the overall approach of design science research (DSR), the solution is created following the five-staged procedure of DSR: (1) problem identification, (2) treatment suggestion, (3) treatment design, (4) evaluation and (5) conclusion. Findings establish that the proposed solution is novel in several ways, that is, it (1) enables construction practitioners to share their buildings components information on a safe and immutable medium; (2) enables government authorities (i.e., city council) to track the treatment and delivery of hazardous products/materials; (3) supports the upstream circular economy design through fostering collaboration among ‘designers to designers’ and ‘designers to asset owners’ in a blockchain network; and (4) supports developing ‘a bank of reusable BIM families’ to encourage designers - to use these items in their designs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigitalization in Construction
Subtitle of host publicationRecent Trends and Advances
EditorsFaris Elghaish, M. Reza Hosseini, Tuba Kocaturk, Mehrdad Arashpour, Masoomeh Bararzadeh Ledari
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781003805298
ISBN (Print)9781032517896
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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