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Implications of Construction 4.0 technologies to enhancing well-being: a fuzzy TOPSIS evaluation

Hazwani Shafei (Faculty of Civil Engineering Technology, Universiti Malaysia Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah, Kuantan, Malaysia)
Rahimi A. Rahman (Faculty of Civil Engineering Technology, Universiti Malaysia Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah, Kuantan, Malaysia, and Faculty of Graduate Studies, Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Yong Siang Lee (Faculty of Civil Engineering Technology, Universiti Malaysia Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah, Kuantan, Malaysia)
Che Khairil Izam Che Ibrahim (School of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia )

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Article publication date: 17 April 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

Amid rapid technological progress, the construction industry is embracing Construction 4.0, redefining work practices through emerging technologies. However, the implications of Construction 4.0 technologies to enhancing well-being are still poorly understood. Particularly, the challenge lies in selecting technologies that critically contribute to well-being enhancement. Therefore, this study aims to evaluate the implications of Construction 4.0 technologies to enhancing well-being.

Design/methodology/approach

A list of Construction 4.0 technologies was identified from a national strategic plan on Construction 4.0, using Malaysia as a case study. Fourteen construction industry experts were selected to evaluate the implications of Construction 4.0 technologies on well-being using fuzzy Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS). The expert judgment was measured using linguistic variables that were transformed into fuzzy values. Then, the collected data was analyzed using the following analyses: fuzzy TOPSIS, Pareto, normalization, sensitivity, ranking performance and correlation.

Findings

Six Construction 4.0 technologies are critical to enhancing well-being: cloud & real-time collaboration, big data & predictive analytics, Internet of Things, building information modeling, autonomous construction and augmented reality & virtualization. In addition, artificial intelligence and advanced building materials are recommended to be implemented simultaneously as a very strong correlation exists between them.

Originality/value

The novelty of this study lies in a comprehensive understanding of the implications of Construction 4.0 technologies to enhancing well-being. The findings can assist researchers, industry practitioners and policymakers in making well-informed decisions to select Construction 4.0 technologies when targeting the enhancement of the overall well-being of the local construction industry.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This work was supported by Universiti Malaysia Pahang (RDU2203103). The authors thank the participants for their time and participation in the survey to make this study possible. The authors are also grateful to the editors and anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments, which improved this paper’s quality.

Citation

Shafei, H., Rahman, R.A., Lee, Y.S. and Che Ibrahim, C.K.I. (2024), "Implications of Construction 4.0 technologies to enhancing well-being: a fuzzy TOPSIS evaluation", Construction Innovation, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-08-2023-0213

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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