Impediments of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the South African Construction Industry

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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
Title of host publicationAdvances in Science, Technology and Innovation
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameAdvances in Science, Technology and Innovation
ISSN (Print)2522-8714
ISSN (Electronic)2522-8722


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Chemistry


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