The implementation of Industrial Revolution 4.0 within the Construction Industry would drive the industry’s performance to match with their industry counterparts such as the manufacturing and automotive industry. Industry 4.0 has already been in the construction industry and the technologies are on different levels of maturity. Technologies such as BIM, Cloud Computing, and Modularization have developed significantly while other technologies such as Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality are still being enhanced and somehow influence the sustainability in the industry. The future of this new technology has permanently changed the way construction businesses operate and evolving market demands are forcing the industry to become more connected, dynamic and customer centric.
Civil engineering and construction organisations need to develop new business models that take advantage of these opportunities and minimise risks as for Example: Modular construction, it will reduce cost and lead time using technology. Everything from bridges to homes will be modular built, and customised by configuration of modules.” Meanwhile the Internet of Things will give owners more information on the condition of their assets – allowing contractors to maintain structures more efficiently and proactively.“Sensors can measure temperatures to operate air conditioning but also look at the vitality of the building. Is there any ingress of water, for example? Brown agrees that sensors and the Internet of Things will also play a big role in the future industry.“A lot of construction components already have sensors on them, so it’s not a stretch to think that there will be further information generated by a larger number of mechanisms on assets on site.” This will inform a much smarter approach – predictive maintenance rather than traditional planning regimes.