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The Impacts of Digital Fabrication on the Construction Industry: A Systematic Review

  • Mehdi Keshtkar
  • Emmanuel Daniel
  • Louis Gyoh

The building industry is a major consumer of natural resources and a large contributor to environmental degradation, leading to a need to rethink current building practices. Digital fabrication (Dfab) technologies, which transform design and engineering data into physical products, are gaining traction in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. This study aimed to evaluate the implications of digital fabrication in the construction industry, by identifying the current Dfab applications and the hindrances that are limiting its implementation. The research questions addressed were why Dfab is essential in the construction sector, the current state-of-the-art of Dfab in the construction industry, and how Dfab is improving the construction industry. Through a systematic literature review, the findings proposed that Dfab can revolutionize the construction sector, enabling freeform architecture, reducing construction costs, cutting material waste, and increasing worker safety. Nevertheless, further research is needed to overcome obstacles such as high costs and the lack of digital skills in the construction industry

  • Keywords:
  • Digital fabrication,
  • Construction industry,
  • Project management,
  • Digital technology,
  • Systematic review.,
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Mehdi Keshtkar

University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom - ORCID: 0000-0002-4321-0361

Emmanuel Daniel

University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom - ORCID: 0000-0002-5675-1845

Louis Gyoh

University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom - ORCID: 0000-0002-8257-9380

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Chapter Title

The Impacts of Digital Fabrication on the Construction Industry: A Systematic Review

Authors

Mehdi Keshtkar, Emmanuel Daniel, Louis Gyoh

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10.36253/979-12-215-0289-3.59

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2023

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CONVR 2023 - Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality

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Managing the Digital Transformation of Construction Industry

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Pietro Capone, Vito Getuli, Farzad Pour Rahimian, Nashwan Dawood, Alessandro Bruttini, Tommaso Sorbi

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