A proposed approach integrating DLT, BIM, IOT and smart contracts: Demonstration using a simulated installation task

J. Li*, M. Kassem*, A. L.C. Ciribini, M. Bolpagni

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Abstract

The complementarity among Building Information Modelling (BIM), distributed ledger technology (DLT), smart contracts, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly acknowledged in industry reports and major national digital transformation initiatives. However, theoretical foundation and empirical evidence to ascertain such a prerogative are still very limited. This paper analyses the interactions between these technologies and proposes an approach that capitalises on their complementarity by linking the physical environment; the digital environment; agreements representing the contract; and the DLT environment. A simulated installation activity is used to verify the conceptual interrelations included in the proposed framework as a proof-of-concept. The simulation reveals how a mini smart contract - for a limited scope such as an installation activity work - can be executed within the proposed approach and how payments can be automated when project delivery is coupled with machine-readable BIM requirements and contract clauses. The paper also discusses the key limitations and challenges facing the adoption of the proposed approach and in particular the diffusion of smart contracts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction 2019, ICSIC 2019
Subtitle of host publicationDriving Data-Informed Decision-Making
EditorsM.J. DeJong, Jennifer M. Schooling, G.M.B. Viggiani
PublisherICE Publishing Ltd.
Pages275-282
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780727764669
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2019
Event2nd International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction: Driving Data-Informed Decision-Making, ICSIC 2019 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jul 20193 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction 2019, ICSIC 2019: Driving Data-Informed Decision-Making

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction: Driving Data-Informed Decision-Making, ICSIC 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCambridge
Period1/07/193/07/19

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