Potential of Internet of Things (IoT) in Construction Industry

Dilakshan Sivakumaran, Akila Pramodh Rathnasinghe*, L.D. Indunil P. Seneviratne

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The introduction of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the manufacturing industry changed the trajectory to Industrial Revolution 4.0. Accordingly, it consists of various technologies, where the IoT is the basis of this revolution. However, there is an increasing gap between traditional construction and digitalised data-driven construction. In such a context, the adoption of IoT applications in construction projects shall increase the productivity and better performance of construction activities. Consequently, IoT concepts, developments, applications, and potential benefits of IoT in the construction industry need to be acknowledged by industry practitioners before the implementation can take place. Hence, the purpose of this research is to outline such needs, thus provide an understanding of the potential of the IoT in the construction industry. Subsequently, a comprehensive literature synthesis revealed the expression IoT
is best understood as a metaphor that encapsulates the immersion of almost anything and everything within the communications and connectivity space. The development is at an embryonic stage of development but proliferating in measuring, tracking, modelling, and prediction stages such as smart wearables, sensors attached to the structures and machinery, IoT linked Building information modelling (BIM) models, usage of drones. As a result, potential benefits are entertained by the construction industry practitioners towards sustainability. Ultimately, the study provides a starting point for raising awareness to facilitate and implement IoT applications in construction projects. In the absence of empirical literature on the implementation of the IoT paradigm in general, this paper presents a valuable contribution to the growing body of knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th World Construction Symposium
EditorsY.G. Sandanayake, S. Gunatilake, K.G.A.S. Waidyasekara
Place of PublicationColombo, Sri Lanka
PublisherCeylon Institute of Builders
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes
EventWCS 2021: The 9th World Construction Symposium: Reshaping construction: Strategic, Structural & Cultural Transformations towards the ‘Next Normal’ - Virtual, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Duration: 9 Jul 202110 Jul 2021


ConferenceWCS 2021: The 9th World Construction Symposium
Country/TerritorySri Lanka
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