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Awareness of the Turkish construction industry towards industry 4.0 technologies and concepts

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2019
Ebrahimi, Shima
The Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry is a well-known latecomer to the effectiveness proposed by embracing of Industry 4.0 technologies; while other sectors embrace digitization and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) as an innovative strategy for maintaining economic profit and efficiency. In spite of the potential benefits that proposed by Industry 4.0, this revolution was not able to gain enough attention in the construction industry. Therefore, this study took initial steps to assess the awareness of Turkish construction professionals towards the implementation of a full digitalization to the construction value chain using Industry 4.0 technologies, moreover, a strategic roadmap for implementing Industry 4.0 technologies and concepts in the construction industry which is consist of five phases is proposed. In order to gather data from Turkish construction industry experts, a questionnaire was prepared and distributed among them. According to the survey responded by Turkish construction professionals, although awareness on Industry 4.0 average is low, there are some technologies like Building Information Modeling (BIM), Simulation Models/Tools, and Mobile Computing that the majority of respondents’ area aware of them. Moreover, consultants’’ awareness vi towards the smart factory cluster technologies is exceptionally high, while these technologies are neglected in the publications and practice. Turkish construction industry professional’s area aware that embracing these technologies can have a significant impact on improving decision making quality, and sustainability