Integrating the construction Supply Chain through BIM and Blockchain Technology

Abstract

The construction industry is notoriously characterized by fragmentation in information flows, processes, services and firms. Undoubtedly, one of its persistent problems is the disconnect between design and construction. This disconnect is mainly due to the lack of open and trustworthy information across the supply chain. Blockchain technology promise has the greatest potential in construction, as to adverting these effects through the use of open and transparent transactions. Apart from minimizing the interfaces between Design and Construction, Blockchain technology can contribute to improving both fields in their own right. First, Blockchain can facilitate Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) and Computational Design in general, by enabling transparent information flows. Second, Blockchain technology could nicely complement information and change management in Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems, both authoring and managing tools. Thereafter, leveraging smart contracts and trusting environments, Blockchain technology can improve Supply Chain Management and logistics control. Similarly, a decentralised, industry-wide construction Blockchain leveraging from the use of sensors and the Internet of Things could create a ledger of things to manage key transactions in transportation, infrastructure, energy, waste or water. This could be the ultimate function of digital transformation in construction.

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Barcelona, Spain