Impediments of the fourth industrial revolution in the South African construction industry

Douglas Aghimien, Clinton Aigbavbo, Kefilwe Matabane

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The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) is upon us with evidence of its usage in the manufacturing industry of most developed and some developing countries around the world. Evidence of the concept of 4IR is equally evolving within the construction industry of developed countries and immense benefits are promised. However, the story is not the same for most developing countries as their construction industries face diverse challenges that impede the adoption of new concepts. Based on this notion, this study assessed the impediments of 4IR within the South African construction industry (SACI) with a view to positioning the industry in the 4IR. The study revealed the key impediments of the adoption of the 4IR concepts within the SACI. In the end, conclusions were drawn and possible directions that will help the construction industry in delivering better services to its clients using 4IR concepts were proposed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event11th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century, CITC 2019 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sept 201911 Sept 2019


  • Construction 4.0
  • Digital technologies
  • Digitalisation
  • Fourth industrial revolution
  • Industry 4.0

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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