Special Issue "Tradition and Innovation in Construction Project Management"

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Construction Management, and Computers & Digitization".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2022 | Viewed by 2132

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Yongjian Ke
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Guest Editor
School of Built Environment, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Interests: public–private partnership; risk management; project delivery; procurement; relational contracting; social license to operate; social procurement
Prof. Dr. Jingxiao Zhang
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Guest Editor
School of Economics and Management, Chang’an University, Xi’an, China
Interests: project management; construction economy and management; digital construction education; green productivity in construction industry
Prof. Dr. Simon P. Philbin
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Guest Editor
School of Engineering, London South Bank University, London, UK
Interests: project management; engineering management; built environment; sustainability; renewable energy technologies; digital transformation
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Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to contribute your research studies to this Special Issue of the Buildings journal entitled “Tradition and Innovation in Construction Project Management”. Buildings is an international, scientific, peer-reviewed, open access journal concerning building science, building engineering and architecture published monthly online by MDPI.

Construction project management is a complex discipline requiring the addressal of various important concerns, including cost, quality and schedule requirements as well as social impacts, environmental impacts and wider stakeholder interests. In recent years, the management of construction projects has faced a number of challenges and opportunities, with this situation arising due to the adoption of new technologies, new materials, evolved methods and processes, as well as complex contractual arrangements and other systems. For example, the integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in project management has been widely discussed. Consequently, construction project management is poised to leverage the benefits of digital transformation as part of the wider Industry 4.0 paradigm and also adopt new technologies to enable sustainable development.

Therefore, it is necessary to examine both tradition and innovation in construction project management so that the latest research studies and practices can be identified and harnessed—this is essential if we are to benefit from the potential of digital technologies and continue on the path towards sustainability. The aim of this Special Issue is to provide a platform to showcase the latest international research and development in this important topic.

Dr. Yongjian Ke
Prof. Dr. Jingxiao Zhang
Prof. Dr. Simon P. Philbin
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Buildings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • construction innovation
  • construction tradition
  • digital disruption
  • building information modelling
  • project management
  • Industry 4.0
  • sustainable development
  • project governance
  • digital transformation

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Organization Synchronization in Response to Complex Project Delays: Network-Based Analysis
Buildings 2022, 12(5), 662; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12050662 - 16 May 2022
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In response to frequent complex project delays, organization synchronization, a set of interactions, is a dynamic behavior that helps to restore the stability of complex projects after delays. However, few studies have figured out how organizations synchronize effectively in order to deal with [...] Read more.
In response to frequent complex project delays, organization synchronization, a set of interactions, is a dynamic behavior that helps to restore the stability of complex projects after delays. However, few studies have figured out how organizations synchronize effectively in order to deal with delay issues. To solve this problem, this study first provides a preliminary list of CDFs and indices of organization interactions are also given. A total of 15 key CDFs and 10 interaction ways were refined according to a questionnaire survey. In addition, the complex network synchronization (CNS) theory was adopted to analyze the synchronizability and importance of nodes by comprehensively using multiple parameters. A complex metro project with 51 project organizations was used as a case study and we found that specific signal organizations synchronized through three effective interaction ways (meetings, discussion and study, and the Internet) to cope with six CDFs (safety accidents, prominent problems of land expropriation, unreasonable timelines by clients, improper construction designs, delayed payments, and high financial risks). This study contributes to defining organization synchronization, providing a feasible research framework for assessing network synchronizability and identifying signal organizations in complex projects, and guiding practitioners to effectively cope with delays by interactions between signal organizations. Full article
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Safety Risk Assessment Using a BP Neural Network of High Cutting Slope Construction in High-Speed Railway
Buildings 2022, 12(5), 598; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12050598 - 05 May 2022
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High-speed railway construction is extending to mountainous areas, and the harsh environment and complex climate pose various risks to the slope construction. This seriously threatens human lives and causes huge economic losses. The existing research results on the construction safety risks of high [...] Read more.
High-speed railway construction is extending to mountainous areas, and the harsh environment and complex climate pose various risks to the slope construction. This seriously threatens human lives and causes huge economic losses. The existing research results on the construction safety risks of high cutting slope construction in HSRs are limited, and a complete set of safety risk assessment processes and methods has not yet been formed. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to develop a safety risk assessment model, including factor identification and classification and assessment data processing, to help project managers evaluate safety risks in high cutting slope construction. In this study, comprehensive identification of high cutting slope construction safety risks was carried out from three dimensions, risk technical specification, literature analysis, and case statistical analysis, and a list of risk-influencing factors was formed. Based on the historical data, a high side slope risk evaluation model was established using a BP neural network algorithm. The model was applied to the risk evaluation of HF high cutting slopes. The results show that the risk evaluation level is II; the main risks are earthwork excavation method, scaffolding equipment, slope height, slope rate, groundwater, personnel safety awareness, and construction safety risk management system. Finally, a case study was used to verify the proposed model, and control measures for safety risks were proposed. Our findings will help conduct effective safety management, add to the knowledge of construction safety risk management in terms of implementation, and offer lessons and references for future construction safety management of HSR. Full article
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Impacts of COVID-19 on the Use of Digital Technology in Construction Projects in the UAE
Buildings 2022, 12(4), 489; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12040489 - 14 Apr 2022
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The construction industry has been incorporating digital technology over the last two decades, albeit gradually, as “technology-push” continues to overcome customary and traditional passivity typical in the sector. The objective of the study presented in this paper is to investigate how digital technology [...] Read more.
The construction industry has been incorporating digital technology over the last two decades, albeit gradually, as “technology-push” continues to overcome customary and traditional passivity typical in the sector. The objective of the study presented in this paper is to investigate how digital technology is making a headway in the construction industry as a consequence of COVID-19. For the purpose of this paper, digital technology applications are divided into three groups: data acquisition, processing, and communication. The methodology involved conducting a questionnaire survey among the construction professionals in the UAE. The survey included questions on the extent of use and level of investment on the three types of technology in three periods—pre-COVID, during COVID, and post-COVID. The results clearly show the increasing level of usage of digital technology in the construction industry from pre-COVID to during COVID and post-COVID periods. Among the three categories, communication technology indicated higher extent of use as compared to the other two. In addition, a marked difference was observed between the “small” project organizations and the “large” ones. Unsurprisingly, both usage and investment in digital technology, in smaller organizations, indicated higher extent of increase in during and post-pandemic periods when compared to the larger organizations. Full article
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