Blockchain in the construction Industry between 2016 and 2022: a review, bibliometric, and network analysis

Milad Baghalzadeh Shishehgarkhaneh, Robert C. Moehler, Sina Fard Moradinia

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In recent years, applications of Blockchain technology (BCT) have been progressing at a galloping rate in miscellaneous fields, such as finance, education, travel, healthcare, and insurance. However, BCT has gained much popularity in the construction industry, especially in developed nations worldwide, as it can solve real-world problems, including poor payments, inadequate cooperation and collaboration, inappropriate data sharing among stakeholders, and poor efficiency. The current research employs a bibliometric and systematic literature review (SLR) on utilizing BCT in the construction industry. Using co-occurrence and co-citation studies, network visualization and other methodologies concerning the Web of Science (WOS) database and the research contacts’ patterns were investigated in 482 academic papers. Notable publications, conferences, significant writers, nations, organizations, and funding organizations have been acknowledged. Our research reveals that the primary study topics are BCT in the construction industry, supply chain management, smart contracts, sustainability, building information modeling (BIM), the Internet of Things (IoT) and energy efficiency. Several possible fields for further research are mentioned, including the use of BCT in: (i) circular economy, (ii) risk management, (iii) smart villages, and (iv) infrastructure construction projects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)819-845
Number of pages27
JournalSmart Cities
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2023


  • blockchain
  • building information modeling (BIM)
  • construction industry
  • internet of things (IoT)
  • smart contracts
  • supply chain management (SCM)

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