Working Smarter by Applying Advanced Technologies in Construction: Enhancing Capacity and Capability in Construction Sector for Infrastructure Project Delivery

Submission date: 1st June 2021

Guest editor

Mostafa Babaeian Jelodar, Massey University

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Monty Sutrisna, Massey University

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Overview of special issue

The construction sector is extremely vulnerable to disruptions and resource fluctuations whilst it lacks systematic approaches to mitigate the problem of low productivity and technology uptake. Despite decades of effort, productivity and enhancements through technological diffusion have been considered insufficient to uplift capability and capacity of the sector as a whole. There is a real need to build more capacity and capabilities within the sector; especially to execute vital infrastructure projects. The main question posed is how different tools, technologies, systems and strategies can be synchronised and implemented to increase capacity and sustain capability for delivering future infrastructure projects, taking into account the current backlog of projects.

This special issue aims to bring together the most contemporary practice and theoretical issues as the way to capture, enhance and sustain capacity and capability within the construction engineering and management sector to enhance the current body of knowledge.  The underlying longer-term intention is to be able to deliver infrastructure projects much more efficiently considering the dynamic nature of capacity and capability of the sector. The main premise here is this is made feasible by digitisation and application of advanced technologies. This special issue focuses on enhancement of productivity and efficiency in conducting work at various stages of infrastructure project lifecycle and integrating new technologies and smart systems in maximising capacity and capability of the sector. This can be done through detailed documentation, data gathering, enhanced observation, comprehension and decision-making mechanisms established within the sector.

This special issue provides a platform for authors to present the state of the art, new concepts, systems, and cases of advanced technologies and smart applications in construction activities, particularly of infrastructure projects. Experimentation with tools, digitisation, new technologies, sensors, advanced algorithms and other smart best practices are also an integral and important part of such collections. In addition, advanced creative methodological and pedagogical research are included in the scope of this special issue. Whilst the goal is productivity, enhanced capability and capacity this collection of studies and articles aims to fill in the knowledge gaps and cater for the transfer of practical and hands-on construction sector experiences to the industry academia and professionals.

Indicative list of anticipated themes

  • Smart project delivery and procurement systems
  • Application of artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning
  • Real-time data and information acquisition for infrastructure construction
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) and integrated digital technologies.
  • Web-based interactive applications
  • Common data Environment (CDE)
  • Data acquisition via sensors (thermal imaging, motion capturing, laser profiling, Radio Frequency Identifiers (RFIDs), and UAV
  • Digital and autonomous monitoring and observation system
  • Application of Internet of Things (IoT).
  • The application of decision support tools and expert systems
  • Design for Manufacturing and Assembly
  • Automation and Digitisation in infrastructure development
  • Application of Operations research in construction
  • The ethical issues dealing with working smarter
  • Simulation of action, processes and decisions for infrastructure development
  • Lessons learned from implementing technologies during COVID-19 global pandemic

Key dates

Submission window opens: 7th September 2020

Submission closes: 1st June 2021

Submission details

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