Emerging technologies and their leverage on fragmentation in the construction industry

Noruwa, Bolanle (2018) Emerging technologies and their leverage on fragmentation in the construction industry. In: Contemporary Construction Conference: Dynamic and Innovative Built Environment (CCC2018), 5-6 Jul 2018, Coventry, UK.

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Abstract

Construction industry in the UK contributes 6.1% of GDP with output worth more than £108 Billion per annum. The global worth of the industry currently stands at $10 Trillion and is expected to rise to $13 Trillion by 2025. Conversely, the industry is troubled and dogged by challenges for decades, such as fragmentation and contractual issues. But emerging technologies are driving radical change in the industry. Synthesizing these new technologies with best practices which are not necessarily digital but underpin interdependence are vital even in the current nature of disintegration in the construction markets. However, studies on best practice and technologies are conducted separately. The paper aims to investigate anticipated ‘disruptive’ impact of emerging technologies in the UK construction industry. Research method adopted is documentary analysis of archive data and information obtained from completed and ongoing construction projects in the UK which implemented diverse emerging technologies in automation, digitalisation and new innovative materials. The result was validated through a formal process of member-checking. Findings reveal that some emerging technologies in the UK construction industry is still at infancy stage but statistics indicate more industry uptake and acceptance. Emerging technologies may be considered as indisputable strategy for overcoming fragmentation; however, synthesizing technologies with best practices in the industry will putatively lead to the attainment of integration and collaboration not yet achieved in the industry.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ISBN: 978184600087
Page Range: pp. 28-31
Keywords: Construction Industry, emerging technologies, fragmentation
Subjects: Construction and engineering
Depositing User: Bolanle Noruwa
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2022 11:59
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2022 11:59
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/9032

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