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Construction 4.0

An Innovation Platform for the Built Environment

Edited by: Anil Sawhney , Mike Riley , Javier Irizarry

Print publication date:  February  2020
Online publication date:  February  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367027308
eBook ISBN: 9780429398100
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9780429398100
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Book description

Modelled on the concept of Industry 4.0, the idea of Construction 4.0 is based on a confluence of trends and technologies that promise to reshape the way built environment assets are designed, constructed, and operated.

With the pervasive use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), lean principles, digital technologies, and offsite construction, the industry is at the cusp of this transformation. The critical challenge is the fragmented state of teaching, research, and professional practice in the built environment sector. This handbook aims to overcome this fragmentation by describing Construction 4.0 in the context of its current state, emerging trends and technologies, and the people and process issues that surround the coming transformation.

Construction 4.0 is a framework that is a confluence and convergence of the following broad themes discussed in this book:

  • Industrial production (prefabrication, 3D printing and assembly, offsite manufacture)
  • Cyber-physical systems (actuators, sensors, IoT, robots, cobots, drones)
  • Digital and computing technologies (BIM, video and laser scanning, AI and cloud computing, big data and data analytics, reality capture, Blockchain, simulation, augmented reality, data standards and interoperability, and vertical and horizontal integration)

The aim of this handbook is to describe the Construction 4.0 framework and consequently highlight the resultant processes and practices that allow us to plan, design, deliver, and operate built environment assets more effectively and efficiently by focusing on the physical-to-digital transformation and then digital-to-physical transformation. This book is essential reading for all built environment and AEC stakeholders who need to get to grips with the technological transformations currently shaping their industry, research, and teaching.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Construction 4.0 Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Introduction to cyber-physical systems in the built environment Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Digital ecosystems 
in the construction industry—current state and future trends Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Innovation in the construction project delivery networks in Construction 4.0 Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Potentials of cyber-physical systems in architecture and construction Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Applications of cyber-physical systems in construction Download PDF
Chapter  7:  A review of mixed-reality applications in Construction 4.0 Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Overview of optoelectronic technology in Construction 4.0 Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The potential for additive manufacturing to transform the construction industry Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Digital fabrication in the construction sector Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Using BIM for multi-trade prefabrication in construction Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Data standards and data exchange for Construction 4.0 Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Visual and virtual progress monitoring in Construction 4.0 Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Unmanned Aerial System applications in construction Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Future of robotics and automation in construction Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Robots in indoor and outdoor environments Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Domain-knowledge enriched BIM in Construction 4.0 Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Internet of Things (IoT) and internet enabled physical devices for Construction 4.0 Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Cloud-based collaboration and project management Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Use of blockchain 
for enabling 
Construction 4.0 Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Construction 4.0 case studies Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Cyber threats and actors confronting the Construction 4.0 Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Emerging trends and research directions Download PDF
Glossary Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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