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Guest editorial Evidencing the benefits of Industry 4.0 for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry: promises, practices and unresolved problems The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is poised to radically transform the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. In 2018, the World Economic Forum (WEF) initiated an action plan for shaping the future of construction as it called the attention of senior executives to exploit the capabilities that new digital, sensing and fabrication technologies can bring to improve the productivity and sustainability of the sector (WEF, 2018). There has also been growing academic interest on this topic, with a number of reviews and thought-pieces that explore the (potential) implications of Industry 4.0 on the AEC industry (see, e.g. Oesterreich and Teuteberg, 2016; Dallasega et al., 2018; Newman et al., 2020, and; Edwards et al., 2021). Special issues have and continue to be edited as well, for example Sherratt (2020) and more recently in this journal by Kumar and Rahimian (2021). Thus, the concept of Industry 4.0 has gradually seeped into the imagination and discourse of academic research and industry practice. We are, as Kumar and Rahimian (2021, p. 453) put it, “experiencing a kind of paradigm shift” that integrates http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0969-9988
DOI
10.1108/ecam-06-2021-991
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Abstract

Evidencing the benefits of Industry 4.0 for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry: promises, practices and unresolved problems The Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is poised to radically transform the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. In 2018, the World Economic Forum (WEF) initiated an action plan for shaping the future of construction as it called the attention of senior executives to exploit the capabilities that new digital, sensing and fabrication technologies can bring to improve the productivity and sustainability of the sector (WEF, 2018). There has also been growing academic interest on this topic, with a number of reviews and thought-pieces that explore the (potential) implications of Industry 4.0 on the AEC industry (see, e.g. Oesterreich and Teuteberg, 2016; Dallasega et al., 2018; Newman et al., 2020, and; Edwards et al., 2021). Special issues have and continue to be edited as well, for example Sherratt (2020) and more recently in this journal by Kumar and Rahimian (2021). Thus, the concept of Industry 4.0 has gradually seeped into the imagination and discourse of academic research and industry practice. We are, as Kumar and Rahimian (2021, p. 453) put it, “experiencing a kind of paradigm shift” that integrates

Journal

Engineering, Construction and Architectural ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 10, 2021

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