Special Issue "Construction 4.0: The Next Revolution in the Construction Industry"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 January 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Conrad Boton
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Guest Editor
Department of Construction Engineering, École de Technologie Supérieure, H3C 1K3, Montreal, Canada
Interests: information technology in construction; building information modeling; virtual reality; systematic approach; common data environments; computer-supported collaborative work; BIM-based automated code checking; project management
Dr. Daniel Forgues
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Department of Construction Engineering, École de Technologie Supérieure, H3C 1K3, Montreal, Canada
Interests: information technology and communication in construction; management of megaprojects; process reengineering; sustainable construction; integrated design and construction; productivity
Prof. Louis Rivest
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Guest Editor
Department of Systems Engineering, École de Technologie Supérieure, H3C 1K3, Montreal, Canada
Interests: computer-aided design; product development; engineering change management; product lifecycle management; digital mock-up; 3D modeling; information re-use; product data management; CAD model comparison

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The architecture, engineering, construction, and operations (AECO) industry is at a crossroads. Long considered refractory to information technology, the industry has undergone a profound change in recent years as a result of innovative technologies. On the one hand, the increasing rate of adoption of technological approaches such as building information modeling (BIM) suggests a salutary digital transformation, making it possible to bring sustainable solutions to recurring problems in the industry. On the other hand, the large mismatch of practices and resources between the large AECO firms and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the wide variety of proposed technologies requires a good understanding of both practices and technologies, to offer the best solutions, adapted to the real needs of industry stakeholders.

The emergence of construction 4.0, an integrative concept, whose scientific contours are not yet the subject of any consensus, is a unique opportunity to find a coherent complementarity between the main technological approaches, while creating the environment necessary for better productivity and more sustainable buildings in terms of energy and materials consumption. This Special Issue will bring together recent advances in the use of Construction 4.0 tools and processes for a sustainable built environment. It not only a question of taking stock of the latest technological developments, but also of offering a better understanding of organizational and policy-related issues.

This is particularly important since many public bodies and professional associations are trying to position themselves to define coherent Construction 4.0 strategies and to take actions to support the construction industry at the national or regional levels. In this context, the role of scientific research is crucial. Researchers are, thus, also working on defining roadmaps and research strategies to effectively support the business needs. Therefore, through this Special Issue, we must try to answer questions that are as difficult as they are important: What does the fourth industrial revolution mean for the construction industry? How do construction 4.0 technologies (can) contribute to shaping a more resilient and sustainable built environment? What should be the priorities in the management of technological, organizational, and policy-related issues? How can these issues be managed and addressed on a global scale?

Prof. Conrad Boton
Prof. Daniel Forgues
Prof. Louis Rivest
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Construction 4.0
  • sustainable built environment
  • ubiquitous technologies
  • resilient construction
  • Industry 4.0

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Impact of Industry 4.0 Platform on the Formation of Construction 4.0 Concept: A Literature Review
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2683; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052683 - 02 Mar 2021
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In recent years, due to the rapid development of the fourth industrial revolution and new platforms of information technologies, intelligent systems have received widespread attention in many industries and have brought the potential to improve the efficiency of the construction industry. These facts [...] Read more.
In recent years, due to the rapid development of the fourth industrial revolution and new platforms of information technologies, intelligent systems have received widespread attention in many industries and have brought the potential to improve the efficiency of the construction industry. These facts led to the appearance of a new concept in construction industry called Construction 4.0. Therefore, this article seeks to explore the state of implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies in the construction industry and analyze their impact on the formation of the Construction 4.0 concept. In order to achieve the aim of this article, a literature review was conducted using the most relevant publication in this field. Moreover, authors carried out a bibliometric analysis among 195 selected research articles related to the Industry 4.0 and Construction 4.0 to identify interconnections between these concepts. The results show that Industry 4.0 has the greatest impact on productivity growth in construction and that interest in digital technologies is growing every year, but their penetration into the construction industry is currently slow and limited. The authors suggest that further research needs to be focused on future ethical issues that may arise and on synergies between Construction 4.0 technologies. Full article
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