Digitization, Digitalization, and Digital Transformation (3Ds): Explicating the Disparities and Applications of the 3Ds in the Construction Industry

Emmanuel Kingsford Owusu, Albert P.C. Chan, Linyan Chen, Peter Amoah

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Abstract

The 3Ds represent some of the key technological terminologies widely misused or rendered inappropriately in literature, particularly the construction management (CM)-related literature. This may be attributed to the ongoing digital transformation within the industry where there still remains a certain degree of misunderstanding regarding these constructs. While the disparities of these terms have been highlighted in some publication outlets outside the CM scholarship domain, this study intends to clarify the etymological underpinnings and disparities regarding the 3Ds and the evolution of the digital technologies and tools within the construction industry. A thorough bibliometric search of the 3D-related documents is conducted to ascertain the past and extant studies dedicated to elucidating these constructs as well as their understanding and applications in the construction industry. Both content and thematic analyses are employed to analyze the textual contents of the documents retrieved. A conceptual framework is developed to provide a better understanding of the disparities and relationships among the 3Ds. The study contributes toward the digital transformation of the construction industry and adds to the literature of the related scholarship domain. The framework developed is generalizable, thus, entrancing its significance and impact in different jurisdictions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2022
Subtitle of host publicationInfrastructure Sustainability and Resilience - Selected Papers from Construction Research Congress 2022
EditorsFarrokh Jazizadeh, Tripp Shealy, Michael J. Garvin
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages161-170
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784483954
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventConstruction Research Congress 2022: Infrastructure Sustainability and Resilience, CRC 2022 - Arlington, United States
Duration: 9 Mar 202212 Mar 2022

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2022: Infrastructure Sustainability and Resilience - Selected Papers from Construction Research Congress 2022
Volume1-A

Conference

ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2022: Infrastructure Sustainability and Resilience, CRC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityArlington
Period9/03/2212/03/22

Keywords

  • Automation
  • Construction Industry
  • Digital
  • Digitalization
  • Digitization
  • Industry 4.0

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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