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Appraisal of stakeholders' willingness to adopt construction 4.0 technologies for construction projects

Osunsanmi, Temidayo Oluwasola; Aigbavboa, Clinton Ohis; Emmanuel Oke, Ayodeji; Liphadzi, Muredini

Authors

Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa

Ayodeji Emmanuel Oke

Muredini Liphadzi



Abstract

Purpose
Construction 4.0 technology has the capabilities for improving the design, management, operations and decision making of construction projects. Therefore, this study aimed at examining the willingness of construction professionals towards adopting construction 4.0 technologies.

Design/methodology/approach
The study adopts a survey design, and construction professionals in South Africa are assessed using a convenience sampling technique through a structured questionnaire. The questionnaire was analysed with SPSS while statistical test like; mean score, t-test and principal component analysis was used to present the data.

Findings
The findings, from the analysis, revealed that the construction professionals are willing to adopt construction 4.0 technologies for construction project. However, the possibility of fully integrating the technologies into the construction industry is low. This is because the major technologies such as; Internet of things, robotics, human-computer interaction and cyber-physical systems that encourage smart construction site are rated as not important by the construction professionals.

Practical implications
It is believed that the findings emanating from this study will serve as an indicator for investors that are interested in procuring construction 4.0 technologies for the construction industry.

Originality/value
This paper presents a framework for the application of construction 4.0 technologies for the construction industry. It also contributes to the development of digitalising construction industry in South Africa.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Mar 10, 2020
Publication Date 2020-09
Deposit Date Jun 29, 2022
Journal Built Environment Project and Asset Management
Print ISSN 2044-124X
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 4
Pages 547-565
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/bepam-12-2018-0159
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2882111