Construction 4.0: A roadmap to shaping the future of construction

Mahmoud El Jazzar, Harald Urban, Christian Schranz, Hala Nassereddine

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Abstract

The construction industry is forecast to grow from its already impressive size to unprecedented new heights. This significant expansion, along with the increased complexity and sophistication of construction projects, has placed more pressure on construction companies to maintain their vitality and grow in the modern market. As the fourth wave of technological advancements, known as Industry 4.0, continues to evolve, it becomes imperative for construction companies to adopt new technology to remain competitive-much like the Darwinian mantra, the companies must adapt or die. Although the construction industry is often labeled as conservative regarding potential advancements in technology, it has been experiencing a growing use of a wide range of 4.0 technologies. Using insights gained from the existing literature, this paper explores the current state of Construction 4.0 and discusses a four-layer implementation of Construction 4.0 in the industry. Seven Construction 4.0 technologies are first discussed, their integration throughout the project lifecycle is presented in a roadmap, their integration and connectivity with one another are outlined in an interaction roadmap, and the requirements necessary for achieving the 4.0 transformation are articulated. A case study is finally presented to showcase the proposed implementation plan.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 37th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, ISARC 2020
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Demonstration to Practical Use - To New Stage of Construction Robot
Pages1314-1321
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789529436347
StatePublished - 2020
Event37th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction: From Demonstration to Practical Use - To New Stage of Construction Robot, ISARC 2020 - Kitakyushu, Online, Japan
Duration: Oct 27 2020Oct 28 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 37th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, ISARC 2020: From Demonstration to Practical Use - To New Stage of Construction Robot

Conference

Conference37th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction: From Demonstration to Practical Use - To New Stage of Construction Robot, ISARC 2020
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityKitakyushu, Online
Period10/27/2010/28/20

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Publisher Copyright:
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Keywords

  • Construction 4.0
  • Implementation
  • Integration
  • Interactions
  • Roadmap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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