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Implications of Construction 4.0 to the workforce and organizational structures

García de Soto, B; Agusti Juan, I; Joss, S; Hunhevicz, J; (2019) Implications of Construction 4.0 to the workforce and organizational structures. International Journal of Construction Management 10.1080/15623599.2019.1616414. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The counterpart of Industry 4.0 in the AEC/FM industry is known as Construction 4.0. Its essence is the digitalization and automation of the AEC/FM industry. As robots and other technologies make their way into the different phases of the lifecycle of construction projects, the concern about the future of jobs and wages will increase. While the use of robotics has the potential to improve productivity and safety, it should not necessarily reduce total employment in the construction sector in the long run. It is expected that existing roles will evolve, and new roles will be created (e.g., in addition to designers there will be a need for employees with digital skills). Focusing on the construction phase of a robotically built concrete wall, the different roles were evaluated. From this study, it was found that there will be a time in which conventional construction and robotic technologies will coexist, leading to a higher job variability and new roles, both at the managerial and operations/execution levels. Although this study is not meant to be an exact representation of how the AEC/FM roles will change as a consequence of Construction 4.0, it opens the debate and research in this area.

Type: Article
Title: Implications of Construction 4.0 to the workforce and organizational structures
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/15623599.2019.1616414
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/15623599.2019.1616414
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Construction 4.0, construction automation, digital fabrication (dfab), human–robot interaction, industrialized construction, organizational structure, platform-based integration, project-based integration, project delivery and contract strategies, robotic construction
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10075076
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