Construction 4.0

Construction 4.0

Advanced Technology, Tools and Materials for the Digital Transformation of the Construction Industry

1st Edition - November 24, 2021

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  • Author: Marco Casini
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128217979
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128218037

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Developments in data acquisition technologies, digital information and analysis, automated construction processes, and advanced materials and products have finally started to move the construction industry - traditionally reluctant to innovation and slow in adopting new technologies - toward a new era. Massive changes are occurring because of the possibilities created by Building information modeling, Extended reality, Internet of Things, Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning, Big data, Nanotechnology, 3D printing, and other advanced technologies, which are strongly interconnected and are driving the capabilities for much more efficient construction at scale. Construction 4.0: Advanced Technology, Tools and Materials for the Digital Transformation of the Construction Industry provides readers with a state-of-the-art review of the ongoing digital transformation of the sector within the new 4.0 framework, presenting a thorough investigation of the emerging trends, technologies, and strategies in the fields of smart building design, construction, and operation and providing a comprehensive guideline on how to exploit the new possibilities offered by the digital revolution. It will be an essential reference resource for academic researchers, material scientists and civil engineers, undergraduate and graduate students, and other professionals working in the field of smart ecoefficient construction and cutting-edge technologies applied to construction.

Key Features

  • Provides an overview of the Construction 4.0 framework to address the global challenges of the building
    sector in the 21st century and an in-depth analysis of the most advanced digital technologies and systems for
    the operation and maintenance of infrastructure, real estate, and other built assets
  • Covers major innovations across the value chain, including building design, fabrication, construction, operation
    and maintenance, and end-of-life
  • Illustrates the most advanced digital tools and methods to support the building design activity, including
    generative design, virtual reality, and digital fabrication
  • Presents a thorough review of the most advanced construction materials, building methods, and techniques
    for a new connected and automated construction model
  • Explores the digital transformation for smart energy buildings and their integration with emerging smart
    grids and smart cities
  • Reflects upon major findings and identifies emerging market opportunities for the whole AECO sector


Academic researchers, materials scientists and civil engineers, undergraduate and graduate students, and other professionals working and interested in the field of smart eco-efficient construction and cutting-edge technologies applied to construction

Table of Contents

  • 1. Toward a new building era
    2. Holistic building design approach
    3. Building digital revolution
    4. Building information modeling
    5. Building performance simulation tools
    6. Advanced digital design tools and methods
    7. Advanced construction materials
    8. Advanced building construction methods
    9. Advanced site management tools and methods
    10. Building automation systems
    11. Advanced facility management
    12. Smart building and smart cities

Product details

  • No. of pages: 694
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2021
  • Published: November 24, 2021
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128217979
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128218037

About the Author

Marco Casini

Prof. Marco Casini is a leading academic in the Green and Smart Building sector with more than 25 years’ experience in Building Sciences. He is an environmental engineer with a PhD in environmental engineering and is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning, Design and Technology of Architecture at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, where he also teaches in several Masters, PhD, and Graduate schools on subjects pertaining to energy and environmental sustainability for buildings. His area of expertise concerns sustainable architectural design and construction, focusing on advanced materials, technologies, and strategies for smart buildings and smart cities. His professional activities include international scientific and technical consultancy on technological, environmental, and energy aspects related to the design and construction of high-performance buildings, as well as training on Green Building and Smart Cities strategies and policy-making for public authorities.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

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