Toward digitalization in the construction industry with immersive and drones technologies: a critical literature review

Elghaish, Faris, Matarneh, Sandra, Talebi, Saeed, Kagioglou, Michail, Hosseini, Mohammad Reza and Abrishami, Sepehr 2020, Toward digitalization in the construction industry with immersive and drones technologies: a critical literature review, Smart and sustainable built environment, pp. 1-19, doi: 10.1108/SASBE-06-2020-0077.

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Title Toward digitalization in the construction industry with immersive and drones technologies: a critical literature review
Author(s) Elghaish, Faris
Matarneh, Sandra
Talebi, Saeed
Kagioglou, Michail
Hosseini, Mohammad RezaORCID iD for Hosseini, Mohammad Reza
Abrishami, Sepehr
Journal name Smart and sustainable built environment
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2020-09-09
ISSN 2046-6099
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Green & Sustainable Science & Technology
Literature review
Immersive technologies
Building information modeling
Unmanned aerial vehicles
Summary Purpose In this study, a critical literature review was utilized in order to provide a clear review of the relevant existing studies. The literature was analyzed using the meta-synthesis technique to evaluate and integrate the findings in a single context. Design/methodology/approach Digital transformation in construction requires employing a wide range of various technologies. There is significant progress of research in adopting technologies such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, and immersive technologies in the construction industry over the last two decades. The purpose of this research is to assess the current status of employing UAVs and immersive technologies toward digitalizing the construction industry and highlighting the potential applications of these technologies, either individually or in combination and integration with each other. Findings The key findings are: (1) UAVs in conjunction with 4D building information modeling (BIM) can be used to assess the project progress and compliance checking of geometric design models, (2) immersive technologies can be used to enable controlling construction projects remotely, applying/checking end users’ requirements, construction education and team collaboration. Practical implications A detailed discussion around the application of UAVs and immersive technologies is provided. This is expected to support gaining an in-depth understanding of the practical applications of these technologies in the industry. Originality/value The review contributes a needed common basis for capturing progress made in UAVs and immersive technologies to date and assessing their impact on construction projects. Moreover, this paper opens a new horizon for novice researchers who will conduct research toward digitalized construction.
Notes Article In-Press
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/SASBE-06-2020-0077
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Field of Research 12 Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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