Exploring Digital Risk Management for Building Life Cycle Phases

Olushola Akinshipe, Clinton Aigbavboa, Ar Rafi Ali

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Technology adoption in the building industry is predominantly implemented to improve risk management procedures. The impact of digitalisation on risk management is a key aspect to address as it has a major influence on all stages of construction. Many studies have examined the risks associated with the building and construction industry. However, only a few have explored the risks associated with classified building life cycle phases. This study explores the opportunities for digital technologies to manage risk across the five phases of the building life cycle: pre-design, design and engineering, construction, operation and maintenance, and deconstruction. The data collected and analysed in this study shows that digital technologies significantly influence risk management during the design and engineering phase of the building life cycle. This is followed by the pre-design, operation and maintenance, and construction phases, with the deconstruction phase having the lowest influence. The use of digital technologies can help reduce risks associated with site conditions, design errors, construction accidents and delays, energy waste, equipment failures, and environmental pollution and health hazards. Digital technologies can be leveraged to ensure that buildings are designed, constructed, and maintained to the highest safety, sustainability, and efficiency standards. By embracing these technologies, architects, engineers, and construction professionals can revolutionise the construction industry, ensuring that buildings are constructed safely, sustainably, and efficiently. The findings of this study demonstrate the potential of digital technologies to mitigate risks across the building life cycle phases and highlight the need for continued research and development in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century, CITC 2023
EditorsSyed M. Ahmed, Salman Azhar, Amelia D. Saul, Kelly L. Mahaffy, Rizwan U. Farooqui
PublisherEast Carolina University
ISBN (Electronic)9781732441644
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event13th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century, CITC 2023 - Arnhem, Netherlands
Duration: 8 May 202311 May 2023

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
ISSN (Electronic)2640-1177


Conference13th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century, CITC 2023


  • Building Life Cycle
  • Construction industry
  • Digital Risk Management
  • Digitalisation
  • Risk management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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