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Call for Papers - Construction 4.0 and Circular Economy

Special issue call for papers from Built Environment Project and Asset Management

The transition towards Circular Economy (CE) business models from hitherto linear business models has been identified as able to facilitate the attainment of the society’s sustainability aspirations. This transition has become imperative given the need to encourage sustainable production and consumption patterns in society.  The adoption of 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies in economic sectors such as apparel and footwear, retail and resale, transportation and finance etc. have contributed to successful CE performance. This is particularly the case for example, with the operationalization of the 4R and 9R frameworks. The efficiency of 4IR technologies in driving this transition has been acknowledged in relevant literature especially as it pertains to the operationalisation of the 4R and 9R frameworks. Although the construction industry is seeing the gradual adoption of these technologies, not a lot of attention has hitherto been paid to proactively applying these technologies to boost the CE performance of industry processes and its products i.e. built assets including buildings and highways, hence ultimately the collective built environment. This is the gap which this Special Issue (SI) seeks to bridge.

This SI focuses on the operationalization of the CE concept in the construction industry and the role of 4IR technologies in facilitating this endeavour. Although the utility of 4IR technologies in promoting product and process circularity in sectors such as telecommunication, transportation and logistics etc has been explored, their deployment towards enabling circularity of product and process in the construction industry remains underreported. As such, this SI invites high-level contributions from academics and practitioners which provide answers to the question: how can 4IR technologies boost improved circular economy performance in the construction industry and of its products i.e. built assets in our built environment?

BEPAM invites submissions of papers which explore the 4IR technologies domain, the opportunities associated with the adoption and implementation of these technologies, and the impact of the implementation on the degree of product and process circularity as well as waste management efficiencies in the AEC + BE sector.

Topics/themes will include the following:

  • 4th Industrial Revolution and 4th Industrial Revolution Technologies
  • Circular Economy Business Models
  • Product-Service Systems/Servitization Business Models
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Blockchain
  • Additive Manufacturing (3D-printing)
  • Building Information Modelling/Digitization
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Transition Management and Organization Change Management for 4IR
  • Alternative Construction Materials
  • Building & construction materials substitution with sustainable materials
  • Upcycling of building and construction waste materials
  • Design for Sustainability/Design for De-assembly/Design for Remanufacturing/Adaptive re-use
  • Future Skills/Technological Unemployment and Human Disenhancement/Upskilling
  • 4IR Technologies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Construction
  • 4IR applications in boosting the life-cycle value of Built Assets

Submission Guidelines

Submission deadline: 15th April 2019
Expected publication: mid-2020 (although EarlyCite versions of each accepted paper are expected about 1.5 months after acceptance)

Submissions to Built Environment Project and Asset Management should be through ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see:

The total word count limit (including Figures and Tables, counted at 280 words each) is 7,500 words. Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

Interested authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue “Construction 4.0 and Circular Economy” at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to “Please select the issue you are submitting to”.

NOTE: The Guest Editors will conduct an initial screening of submitted papers. Those judged suitable for the special issue will be sent to at least two independent referees for double blind peer review, after which submissions may be recommended for revisions and further review, acceptance or rejection.

If you have any questions about the special issue or your intended submission, please contact the co-ordinating Guest Editor, Dr. Bankole Awuzie.

Guest Editors

Prof Seeram Ramakrishna
National University of Singapore
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Prof Alfred Ngowi
Central University of Technology, South Africa
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Dr Bankole Awusie

Central University of Technology, South Africa
[email protected]