Technology-Oriented Innovation in Construction: A Conceptual Mapping Framework

A. Suliman*, J. Rankin, A. Caskey

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Compared to conventional construction practices, Off-site Construction (OSC) offers many potential benefits including improved safety, shorter construction time, reduced costs, and better-quality construction. Despite these potential benefits, offsite construction continues to account for only a small percentage of the construction market in Canada. Currently, there is a need for a strategic roadmap that will help direct efforts in research and innovation with a goal of improving the adoption of OSC practices in Canada. The first step of such a roadmap is to identify the current state of the OSC industry. This paper presents a conceptual framework for mapping and benchmarking technological innovation that draws from similar frameworks in other publications to develop a model specific to off-site construction. It proposes the use of a maturity model as a means for benchmarking the current maturity of technological innovation, measuring progress, and identifying maturity gaps or areas for supporting decisions about identifying potential improvements. The paper introduces a six-dimensional framework for measuring technological innovation that includes (1) Research maturity (2) Industry acceptance, (3) Application areas, (4) Sectors of technology, (5) Time, and (6) Context. It includes a discussion of the development and thinking behind the model and concludes with a proposed approach to implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering Annual Conference 2021
Subtitle of host publicationCSCE21 Construction Track Volume 1
EditorsScott Walbridge, Mazdak Nik-Bakht, Kelvin Tsun Wai Ng, Manas Shome, M. Shahria Alam, Ashraf el Damatty, Gordon Lovegrove
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789811910296
ISBN (Print)9789811910289, 9789811910319
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2023
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, CSCE 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 26 May 202129 May 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, CSCE 2021
CityVirtual, Online

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