Envisioning the future

With the advent of the internet of things, Big Data and Platform-based technologies & business models, it is necessary to start seriously rethink the way value is generated in the construction value chain. The numbers are indicative of an industry in need of a process reengineering coupled with a an effective strategy to win the battle of productivity: 40 to 50% of construction projects suffer delays, 90% of projects exceed expected costs, and 75 to 90% of on-site work time is considered non-value adding activities.

The 4th Edition of the Annual Civil Engineering Workshop is held under the theme “Construction 4.0”. The reason for this choice are twofold:

  •  The concept of “Industry 4.0” sets the frame for competitive (manufacturing) industries thanks to the internet of thing-based technologies. The application of such principles in the construction industry needs a collective understanding (from researchers and practitioners) of the patterns that shape the construction industry.
  • The act of construction (From project launch until maintenance) is complex in nature and involves a large set of stakeholders. Technology, in support of an agile organization, could unlock the full potential and productivity of the traditional low margin/loss paradigm associated with the construction industry.

The 2018 ACE Workshop aims to advance the construction sector thanks to the participations of leaders from different backgrounds: researchers, professionals, startups, students, etc. and from different industries as well: the construction industry, computer science, manufacturing, aeronautics, bio-medical, management consulting, etc.

Key words

The key themes of the workshop constitute the building blocks of the “Construction 4.0”:

  • 3D Printing in Construction
  • Connected construction site
  • Big Data and Deep Learning in Construction
  • Tunneling
  • BIM
  • Lean Construction
  • Augmented Reality
  • Supply Chain Management & Logistics for Construction
  • Smart Buildings & Smart Cities
  • Prefabrication
  • Modular Construction
  • Industrialization
  • Organization, Management, People & Culture
  • BlockChain
  • Design & Architecture
  • Materials & Smart Materials
  • Urbanism & Planning
  • Predictive Maintenance