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Construction worldwide is expected to boom as infrastructure ages, and global population grows. Concurrently, the industry is evolving under increased pressure to support sustainable development, reduce waste, improve construction site safety, and meet timelines and budgets of increasingly complex projects. Looking at green and digital construction, what are focal research areas aimed at achieving those goals?

Step 1: View the landscape


The body of literature that Scopus retrieves in a search for green, smart or sustainable construction encompasses a variety of topics. The description and testing of construction materials accounted for one-fourth of publications in 2018. Indexing terms related to energy efficiency and project planning were less frequent. Finally, the Internet of Things shows a steep climb in the last four years.

Step 2: Identify active areas


The Internet of Things has the potential to revolutionize energy efficiency and functional interoperability throughout the home and workplace. A keyword analysis in Scopus shows that for the construction industry the Internet of Things (IoT) has been a game-changer beyond the building itself. IoT is used in project design (green), to coordinate activities at construction sites (dark orange), and to generate increasingly complex and accurate building information models (light orange).

Step 3: Visualize trends


In fact, in the 10 years that building information modeling (BIM) has been a staple in the construction business, it has accounted for an increasing proportion of industry-related publications on digitization and IoT. In 2018, one-third of all publications indexed with the term IoT also included the term BIM.

Step 4: Find experts

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Scopus reports the top authors of this publication list. Dr. Jochen Teizer is among the most prolific. As key opinion leader on construction site safety, he leads a team at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, that uses large-scale data capture, BIM and virtual reality to predict potential safety and process risks.

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