Digital construction: From point solutions to IoT ecosystem

WOODHEAD, Roy, STEPHENSON, Paul and MORREY, Denise (2018). Digital construction: From point solutions to IoT ecosystem. Automation in Construction, 93, 35-46.

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    This paper takes a longitudinal view of literature to explain the current period as disruptive technology drives an evolutionary adaptation of the construction industry in a historical socio-technological process. The authors argue the way Internet of Things (IoT) solutions are conceived as singularly focused “point solutions” undermine future opportunities. An evolutionary view is overlooked because extant literature describes technology in a particular epoch. An ecosystem perspective needs to influence IT strategy as an emerging “digital layer” transcends a smart city and continues to function long after a traditional construction project completes. We describe innovation as a succession of transformational waves in an evolutionary process that is currently manifesting as “Industry 4.0” and changing expectations for the construction industry. The paper concludes by listing emerging trends and warns existing UK construction companies must understand the transformational process they are in and learn how to adapt with a stronger drive for R&D.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: IoT Digital Construction innovation Evolution Internet
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Natural and Build Environment
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    Page Range: 35-46
    Depositing User: Roy Woodhead
    Date Deposited: 17 May 2018 14:07
    Last Modified: 18 May 2018 06:15

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