Smart construction sites: A promising approach to improving on-site HSE management performance

Maozeng Xu, Xiuying Nie, Heng Li, Jack C.P. Cheng, Zhongya Mei

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The establishment of smart construction sites employing smart technologies for real-time interconnection, communication, and interaction has emerged as an interesting topic for researchers and practitioners in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry as they contribute to effective, efficient, and high-quality on-site management. However, little consideration has been involved in the comprehensive management of health, safety, and environment (HSE) issues using smart technologies. To address this gap, this study first performs a systematic procedure to identify the articles (results = 325) associated with the on-site application of smart technologies for HSE and conducts a quantitative and qualitative analysis on their research trend and interests. A bibliometric analysis of publication numbers by year, country and region, and journal presents the research state quo and trends, and a keyword co-occurrence analysis is conducted to show the interests of this topic. Based on these interests, different smart technologies including techniques and devices are categorized for on-site HSE management objectives. Moreover, a comprehensive framework for smart technologies in HSE management and a blueprint for HSE-oriented smart construction site establishment are put forward. This study develops a basis to understand the current application of smart technologies in HSE management and contributes to the implementation of smart construction sites for sustainable construction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104007
JournalJournal of Building Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2022


  • HSE management
  • Smart construction site
  • Smart technologies
  • Sustainable construction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Mechanics of Materials


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