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A Systematic Review of Digital Technology Adoption in Off-Site Construction: Current Status and Future Direction towards Industry 4.0

01 Nov 2020-Buildings (MDPI AG)-Vol. 10, Iss: 11, pp 204
TL;DR: This review formulates a clear picture of the current practice of these digital technologies and summarizes the main area of application and limitations of each technology when utilized in OSC.
Abstract: Off-site construction (OSC) is known as an efficient construction method that could save time and cost, reduce waste of resources, and improve the overall productivity of projects. Coupled with digital technologies associated with the Industry 4.0 concept, OSC can offer a higher rate of productivity and safety. While there is a rich literature focusing on both OSC and Industry 4.0, the implementation of associated digital technologies in the OSC context has not been fully evaluated. This paper intends to evaluate the current literature of digital technology applications in OSC. Scientometric analyses and a systematic review were carried out evaluating fifteen typical digital technologies adopted by OSC projects, including building information modelling (BIM), radio frequency identification devices (RFID), global positioning systems (GPS), the Internet of Things (IoT), geographic information systems (GIS), sensors, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), photogrammetry, laser scanning, artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing, robotics, big data, and blockchain. This review formulates a clear picture of the current practice of these digital technologies and summarizes the main area of application and limitations of each technology when utilized in OSC. The review also points out their potential and how they can be better adopted to improve OSC practice in the future.
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TL;DR: In this article, a review of 3D printing practices is performed using an interpretivist philosophical lens, and more specifically, the nozzle characteristics are focused upon, using the Scopus and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) journal databases.
Abstract: Additive manufacturing, including 3D printing (3DP), is one of the critical pillars of Industry 4.0 and the next construction revolution. Several countries, including China, have utilized 3DP on larger scales or real projects. However, reviews of the lessons learned from previous large-sized practices of 3DP utilization are scarce. This paper presents a few practical applications of implementing 3DP over the past decade and suggests a direction for future research work. Recent publications on 3DP practices are systematically reviewed using an interpretivist philosophical lens, and more specifically, the nozzle characteristics are focused upon. The Scopus and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) journal databases are utilized, resulting in the examination of 54 English and 62 Chinese papers. The selected practices from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao are considered for this review. A content critical review approach is adopted, and the identified papers are critically reviewed. These papers reported key challenges and advantages from their reported practices, such as limitations in aggregate sizes, nozzle sizes, standards, post-occupancy satisfaction, final product quality, productivity challenges and other associated risks. The paper reports upon prominent limitations and signposts directions for future investigations.

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TL;DR: In this paper, a systematic review method was designed to identify scholarly papers covering both concepts "lean" and "BIM" in construction and possibilities of using IoT, and a total of 48 articles selected from 26 construction journals were carefully reviewed thorough perusal.
Abstract: There is a need to apply lean approaches in construction projects. Both BIM and IoT are increasingly being used in the construction industry. However, using BIM in conjunction with IoT for sustainability purposes has not received enough attention in construction. In particular, the capability created from the combination of both technologies has not been exploited. There is a growing consensus that the future of construction operation tends to be smart and intelligent, which would be possible by a combination of both information systems and sensors. This investigation aims to find out the recent efforts of utilizing BIM for lean purposes in the last decade by critically reviewing the published literature and identifying dominant clusters of research topics. More specifically, the investigation is further developed by identifying the gaps in the literature to utilize IoT in conjunction with BIM in construction projects to facilitate applying lean techniques in a more efficient way in construction projects. A systematic review method was designed to identify scholarly papers covering both concepts “lean” and “BIM” in construction and possibilities of using IoT. A total of 48 scholarly articles selected from 26 construction journals were carefully reviewed thorough perusal. The key findings were discussed with industry practitioners. The transcriptions were analyzed employing two coding and cluster analysis techniques. The results of the cluster analysis show two main directions, including the recent practice of lean and BIM interactions and issues of lean and BIM adoption. Findings revealed a large synergy between lean and BIM in control interactions and reduction in variations, and surprisingly there are many uncovered areas in this field. The results also show that the capability of IoT is also largely not considered in recent developments. The number of papers covering both lean and BIM is very limited, and there is a large clear gap in understanding synergetic interactions of lean concepts applying in BIM and IoT in specific fields of construction such as sustainable infrastructure projects.

43 citations

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01 Jan 2021
TL;DR: How quality 4.0 will have a significant impact in the field of manufacturing is provided, which includes the complete supply chain from Research and Development (R&D), manufacturing, development, distribution, sales, and service after-sales.
Abstract: Quality 4.0 corresponds to the growing digitisation of industry, which uses advanced technologies to enhance the quality of manufacturing and services. This fourth quality revolution is envisaged to digitise the entire quality systems and subsequently improve the existing quality approaches. Innovative industries adopt cloud-based quality 4.0 innovations in the controlled production process. It is used to resolve quality problems satisfactorily when they emerge and carry out real-time quality analyses to improve competitiveness and use them. Various ongoing challenges are take-over by Quality 4.0 technologies, such as automated root cause analysis, machine-to-machine connectivity to parameter auto adjustment, simulation of real-time processes and more. Quality 4.0 is a modern form of quality management. Digital technologies paired with more sophisticated methods and smarter processes will allow high-performance teams to provide consumers with high-performance and quality goods reliably. Sensors play an essential role in improving the quality of manufacturing and services. These can improve protection, increased internal productivity and sustainable operations. This paper provides how quality 4.0 will have a significant impact in the field of manufacturing. Various Key Aspects and enablers of Quality 4.0 for Manufacturing are discussed, finally, Identified and discussed eighteen significant applications of Quality 4.0 in the field of manufacturing. Quality 4.0 not only concerns the things happening inside a factory; it also includes the complete supply chain from Research and Development (R&D), manufacturing, development, distribution, sales, and service after-sales.

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