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A review of the current state and future trends in modern methods of construction research

Dat Tien Doan (Department of Built Environment Engineering, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, School of Future Environments, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
Tuyet Phuoc Anh Mai (Department of Built Environment Engineering, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, School of Future Environments, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
Ali GhaffarianHoseini (Department of Built Environment Engineering, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, School of Future Environments, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
Amirhosein Ghaffarianhoseini (Department of Built Environment Engineering, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, School of Future Environments, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
Nicola Naismith (Department of Built Environment Engineering, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, School of Future Environments, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Article publication date: 28 February 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to identify the primary research areas of modern methods of construction (MMC) along with its current trends and developments.

Design/methodology/approach

A combination of bibliometric and qualitative analysis is adopted to examine 1,957 MMC articles in the Scopus database. With the support of CiteSpace 6.1.R6, the clusters, leading authors, journals, institutions and countries in the field of MMC are examined.

Findings

Offsite construction, inter-modular connections, augmenting output, prefabricated concrete beams and earthquake-resilient prefabricated beam–column steel joints are the top five research areas in MMC. Among them, offsite construction and inter-modular connections are significantly focused, with many research articles. The potential for collaboration, among prominent authors such as Wang, J., Liu, Y. and Wang, Y., explains the recent rapid growth of the MMC field of research. With a total of 225 articles, Engineering Structures is the journal that has published the most articles on MMC. China is the leading country in this field, and the Ministry of Education China is the top institution in MMC.

Originality/value

The findings of this study bear significant implications for stakeholders in academia and industry alike. In academia, these insights allow researchers to identify research gaps and foster collaboration, steering efforts toward innovative and impactful outcomes. For industries using MMC practices, the clarity provided on MMC techniques facilitates the efficient adoption of best practices, thereby promoting collaboration, innovation and global problem-solving within the construction field.

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Acknowledgements

This research received the “Advanced Construction and Sustainable Future” funding offered by the School of Future Environments at Auckland University of Technology.

Citation

Doan, D.T., Mai, T.P.A., GhaffarianHoseini, A., Ghaffarianhoseini, A. and Naismith, N. (2024), "A review of the current state and future trends in modern methods of construction research", Construction Innovation, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-02-2023-0029

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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