Towards digitizing the construction industry: state of the art of construction 4.0

Md Aslam Hossain, Abid Nadeem

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Having a significant economic impact in country’s GDP and being a major workforce, construction industry is yet characterized by low production rate, low technological advancement, minimum automation and robotic usage, and so on. With the visionary idea of Industry 4.0 that focuses on digitization of the value chain of a product and improving productivity through a variety of technologies and automated manufacturing environment, this research aims to develop a framework to adopt Construction 4.0 within a construction company. Current state of the art of the technologies in construction associated with the notion of Industry 4.0 (e.g., Building Information Modelling, virtual reality, augmented reality, Drone, etc.) is explored through extensive literature studies. The proposed framework incorporates current technological advancement related to construction industry, legislative requirements, barriers, enterprise transformation requirements and so on. Construction 4.0 would make a great impact in construction industry through improved value chain of construction projects, productivity improvement, and safe and sustainable construction. Indeed, the proposed framework would contribute to the advancement of new knowledge in the worlds’ construction companies and provide potentials of new research focuses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISEC 2019 - 10th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference
EditorsDidem Ozevin, Hossein Ataei, Mehdi Modares, Asli Pelin Gurgun, Siamak Yazdani, Amarjit Singh
PublisherISEC Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780996043762
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Structural Engineering and Construction Conference 2019 - Chicago, United States of America
Duration: 20 May 201925 May 2019
Conference number: 10th


ConferenceInternational Structural Engineering and Construction Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleISEC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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  • Automation
  • BIM
  • Industry 4.0
  • Internet of things
  • Productivity improvement
  • Value chain

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