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Construction 4.0 Book

An Innovation Platform for the Built Environment

Edited by Anil Sawhney, Mike Riley and Javier Irizarry

A new book on Construction 4 from Routledge. As the table of contents below show, it is a comprehensive review of the state of play as the technologies of industry 4 get adapted and adopted to construction. The book is good evidence that the built environment industries can (should? will?) be a leading sector for application of these technologies. From the book's introduction:

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 book has 28 chapters. Part 1 has 4 chapters discussing the idea of cyber-physical systems. Part 3 has 4 case studies. The core of the book is Part 2 where the elements of C4.0 are identified and current developments explained. These chapters are:

Potential of cyber-physical systems in architecture and construction

Lauren Vasey and Achim Menges

Applications of cyber-physical systems in construction

Abiola A. Akanmu and Chimay J. Anumba

A review of mixed-reality applications in Construction 4.0

Aseel Hussien, Atif Waraich, and Daniel Paes

Overview of optoelectronic technology in Construction 4.0

Erika A. Pärn

The potential for additive manufacturing to transform the construction industry

Seyed Hamidreza Ghaffar, Jorge Corker, and Paul Mullett

Digital fabrication in the construction sector

Keith Kaseman and Konrad Graser

Using BIM for multi-trade prefabrication in construction

Mehrdad Arashpour and Ron Wakefield

Data standards and data exchange for Construction 4.0

Dennis R. Shelden, Pieter Pauwels, Pardis Pishdad-Bozorgi, and Shu Tang

Visual and virtual progress monitoring in Construction 4.0

Jacob J. Lin and Mani Golparvar-Fard

Unmanned Aerial System applications in construction

Masoud Gheisari, Dayana Bastos Costa, and Javier Irizarry

Future of robotics and automation in construction

Borja Garcia de Soto and Miroslaw J. Skibniewski

Robots in indoor and outdoor environments

Bharadwaj R. K. Mantha, Borja Garcia de Soto, Carol C. Menassa, and Vineet R. Kamat

Domain-knowledge enriched BIM in Construction 4.0: design-for-safety and crane safety cases

Md. Aslam Hossain, Justin K. W. Yeoh, Ernest L. S. Abbott, and David K. H. Chua

Internet of things (IoT) and internet enabled physical devices for Construction 4.0

Yu-Cheng Lin and Weng-Fong Cheung

Cloud-based collaboration and project management

Kalyan Vaidyanathan, Koshy Varghese, and Ganesh Devkar

Use of blockchain for enabling Construction 4.0

Abel Maciel

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This blog is concerned with the organisation of the building and construction industry, in the economic sense of combining factors of production to create output.


The modern industry's origins in the 19th century can still be seen in many of its characteristic features, and many contemporary issues are also found in projects from the past.


Like many industries, it is being reshaped by unprecedented rapid and widespread advances in materials, technology and capability.

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