Incorporating Emerging Technologies in the Forensic Analysis of Construction Project Delays

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Considering the significant role of the construction industry in the global economy, its continuous adoption of new technological advances is both desirable and inevitable. These advances include Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML). However, not all sections of the industry currently embrace these developments. Forensic Delay Analysis (FDA) is an activity of specialists in extracting and presenting evidence contractual claims disputes that relate to project delays. Such delays are frequent and expensive, but the FDA process has benefitted little from these new technologies. The paper reports the initial work of a collaborative PhD project funded under the Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme of the European Regional Development Fund. The project explores the integration of BIM and AI/ML technologies within the FDA process. The potential of emerging technologies in different parts of the FDA process is first considered, followed by a systematic literature review (SLR) of published work that might support, refute, or exemplify such contributions. The findings show that BIM and AI/ML offer promising solutions to the current challenges of FDA and opportunities for enhancing the effectiveness of dispute resolution, but further work is needed to test the proposed improvements on real-world project workflows and to collect expert feedback to assess their effectiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Article number052029
Number of pages10
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2022
EventInternational Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction World Building Congress 2022, WBC 2022 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 27 Jun 202230 Jun 2022


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