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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/SU13052683

Impact of Industry 4.0 Platform on the Formation of Construction 4.0 Concept: A Literature Review

02 Mar 2021-Sustainability (MDPI AG)-Vol. 13, Iss: 5, pp 2683
Abstract: 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.

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Topics: Industry 4.0 (57%)
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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.36680/J.ITCON.2021.028
Abstract: The last decade has witnessed unprecedented changes in the technologies and processes involved in the construction industry. The philosophies associated with Industry 4.0 now reverberate in construction 4.0. Digitalization and interconnectivity in the cyber-physical systems of the sector are at the heart of such transformation. Construction 4.0 brings to the table a plethora of technologies and associated processes over the construction project lifecycle. The current study performs a state-of-art literature review to summarize the knowledge advancement in construction 4.0. A layered conceptualization spanning across project lifecycle utilizing the people-process-technology dimensions is presented to summarize the current understanding of Construction 4.0. The cyber-physical space is classified into the physical, digital tool, data, and core data security and interoperability layers. The inter-layer and intra-layer interactions and information flows are then conceptualized based on the extant literature, including the human interaction and interventions. The people-process-technology dimensions were discussed across the project lifecycle through interactions in these layers. It is observed that Construction 4.0 is set to be driven by data creation, data flow, data transformation, and data storage across the project lifecycle to ensure a collaborative environment across the stakeholders who interact and associate with different layers of Construction 4.0. The article finally presents challenges with the current formulations and explores ways to further our knowledge in the area.

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Topics: ACROSS Project (54%)

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/SU13168860
08 Aug 2021-Sustainability
Abstract: With the extensive development and application of information technologies in construction engineering and management (CEM), the construction site is experiencing a rapid digital revolution and transformation. Since smart construction site has become the current research trend and one of the most hot topics, thus this study adopted an integrated bibliometric approach and quantitative analysis to explore the global research on smart construction site. As it is indicated in the content, the bibliometric and scientometric method-based literature review was carried out in this study. To be specific, the co-citation analysis in terms of author, document, and journal; the collaboration analysis in terms of authorship, institutions, and country/region; and category analysis, as well as cluster analysis and burst analysis were conducted based on 2206 peer-reviewed academic papers, which were published from January 2000 to February 2021. It is found that there has been an explosion of relevant publications especially in the past 10 years along with the changing of keywords from flexibility approach to information technologies, 3D reconstruction, IoT technologies, virtual reality, and others. Moreover, the results indicated that the collaborations and cooperation among different institutions, countries, and authors are not close enough, and the most significant research and development in smart construction occurred primarily in the USA, China, and England. Additionally, the smart construction site’s relevant research in terms of publication of quantity was doubled every five years. In addition, the smart construction site relevant research has gradually changed from the traditional project performance associated indicators to smart simulation applications and scenes. Lastly, implementation and management-related concerns about smart construction sites are discussed with seven topics. This study provides researchers and practitioners not merely with an in-depth understanding of the characters and also the trend of smart construction site research in the construction engineering and management field.

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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.CONBUILDMAT.2021.124854
Penggang Wang1, Hua Fu1, Tengfei Guo1, Wenqiang Zuo2  +3 moreInstitutions (3)
Abstract: Steam-cured concrete presents high compressive strength at an early age. However, understanding regarding temperature-induced deformation development in steam–cured concrete with fly ash is limited. In the present research, the volume deformation of fly ash concrete experienced steam curing stage at an early age has been carried out. Volume deformation of concrete without fly ash is also studied as a comparison. In order to obtain the in situ property changes of steam-cured concrete, a strain-temperature-humidity integrated acquisition system was used to continuously record the interior strain, temperature, and humidity evolutions of the sample. The test results show that the autogenous shrinkage occurs at the constant temperature stage of steam curing, and the shrinkage after steam curing is mainly because of the drying effect. The addition of fly ash can increase the development of shrinkage in steam curing, but it is beneficial to shrinkage after steam curing. And the hydration degree prediction development model of steam-cured cement paste is proposed. Finally, a micromechanical model is proposed based on the capillary tension produced by pores, using interior humidity and hydration degree as the driving parameters, which decently predicts the total shrinkage and autogenous shrinkage of concrete specimens after steam curing.

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Topics: Shrinkage (63%), Fly ash (55%), Curing (food preservation) (52%)


Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/SU132112321
08 Nov 2021-Sustainability
Abstract: The construction industry (CI) is ancient and has evolved along with humanity, yet it has become increasingly inefficient due to fragmentation, the use of traditional solutions and the lack of innovative technologies and methodologies which are no longer sustainable. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has started to transform this industry, and Construction 4.0 (C4) can advocate this change to become a more efficient cyber-physical ecosystem. However, technology alone will not solve all challenges. While research on C4 focuses mainly on technology, management also plays a key role. We asked experienced company executives for their opinions on the digital transformation in the CI. Research proves that it is not just a technology but primarily a management and strategic challenge.

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Topics: Industry 4.0 (54%), Digital transformation (53%)

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1007/S12599-014-0334-4
Heiner Lasi1, Peter Fettke, Hans-Georg Kemper1, Thomas Feld  +1 moreInstitutions (1)
19 Jun 2014-
Topics: Heavy industry (75%), Industry 4.0 (53%)

1,750 Citations


Proceedings ArticleDOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2016.488
Mario Hermann1, Tobias Pentek2, Boris Otto1Institutions (2)
05 Jan 2016-
Abstract: The increasing integration of the Internet of Everything into the industrial value chain has built the foundation for the next industrial revolution called Industrie 4.0. Although Industrie 4.0 is currently a top priority for many companies, research centers, and universities, a generally accepted understanding of the term does not exist. As a result, discussing the topic on an academic level is difficult, and so is implementing Industrie 4.0 scenarios. Based on a quantitative text analysis and a qualitative literature review, the paper identifies design principles of Industrie 4.0. Taking into account these principles, academics may be enabled to further investigate on the topic, while practitioners may find assistance in identifying appropriate scenarios. A case study illustrates how the identified design principles support practitioners in identifying Industrie 4.0 scenarios.

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Topics: Industry 4.0 (56%)

1,510 Citations


Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.JII.2017.04.005
Yang Lu1, Yang Lu2Institutions (2)
Abstract: Originally initiated in Germany, Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution, has attracted much attention in recent literatures. It is closely related with the Internet of Things (IoT), Cyber Physical System (CPS), information and communications technology (ICT), Enterprise Architecture (EA), and Enterprise Integration (EI). Despite of the dynamic nature of the research on Industry 4.0, however, a systematic and extensive review of recent research on it is has been unavailable. Accordingly, this paper conducts a comprehensive review on Industry 4.0 and presents an overview of the content, scope, and findings of Industry 4.0 by examining the existing literatures in all of the databases within the Web of Science. Altogether, 88 papers related to Industry 4.0 are grouped into five research categories and reviewed. In addition, this paper outlines the critical issue of the interoperability of Industry 4.0, and proposes a conceptual framework of interoperability regarding Industry 4.0. Challenges and trends for future research on Industry 4.0 are discussed.

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Topics: Industry 4.0 (59%), Enterprise architecture (54%), Enterprise integration (54%) ... show more

1,366 Citations


Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/00207543.2017.1308576
Abstract: Over the last few years, the fourth industrial revolution has attracted more and more attentions all around the world. In the current literature, there is still a lack of efforts to systematically review the state of the art of this new industrial revolution wave. The aim of this study is to address this gap by investigating the academic progresses in Industry 4.0. A systematic literature review was carried out to analyse the academic articles within the Industry 4.0 topic that were published online until the end of June 2016. In this paper, the obtained results from both the general data analysis of included papers (e.g. relevant journals, their subject areas and categories, conferences, keywords) and the specific data analysis corresponding to four research sub-questions are illustrated and discussed. These results not only summarise the current research activities (e.g. main research directions, applied standards, employed software and hardware), but also indicate existing deficiencies and potential re...

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Topics: Industry 4.0 (54%), Systematic review (53%)

901 Citations


Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.COMPIND.2016.09.006
Abstract: An industry specific definition of the Industry 4.0 concept for construction has been derived based on a content analysis.A systematic literature review is conducted to explore the state of the art of Industry 4.0 in the construction industry.A practical view has been added by performing a multiple case study analysis.A PESTEL framework has been illustrated to present the implications of Industry 4.0 for the construction industry.Recommendations for further research are provided within a research agenda. In recent years, Industry 4.0 has been introduced as a popular term to describe the trend towards digitisation and automation of the manufacturing environment. Despite its potential benefits in terms of improvements in productivity and quality, this concept has not gained much attention in the construction industry. This development is founded in the fact that the far-reaching implications of the increasingly digitised and automated manufacturing environment are still widely unknown. Against this backdrop, the primary objective of this paper is to explore the state of the art as well as the state of practice of Industry 4.0 relating technologies in the construction industry by pointing out the political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal implications of its adoption. In this context, we present the results of our triangulation approach, which consists of a comprehensive systematic literature review and case study research, by illustrating a PESTEL framework and a value chain model. Additionally, we provide recommendations for further research within a research agenda.

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Topics: Industry 4.0 (55%), Value chain (51%)

592 Citations


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