Developing a technology roadmap for construction R&D through interdisciplinary research efforts

Changyoon Kim, Hyoungkwan Kim, Seung H. Han, Changwan Kim, Moon Kyum Kim, Sang H. Park

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Construction projects are getting bigger and more complex while the average productivity at the industry level is not improving enough. It is essential to look at the means available, in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the construction industry. Technology fusion, which refers to a truly interdisciplinary approach of combining different technology areas, is a new way of sparking off the currently stagnant level of construction technologies. This paper presents a comprehensive technology roadmap developed under the support of Korea Ministry of Construction and Transportation (KMOCT), where the needs for innovative future construction technology are well organized through the interdisciplinary research efforts. To succeed in developing a technology fusion-based construction research plan, four major approaches are adopted: technology foresight, socio-economic prediction, market needs identification, and benchmarking of other efforts. Through these integrated processes, research and development (R&D) programs that cover the entire life cycle of construction projects are proposed. KMOCT is expected to launch 14 of the proposed programs during the next five years on a priority base, funding a total of approximately US$ 5 to 15 million for each program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-337
Number of pages8
JournalAutomation in Construction
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009 May

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The writers gratefully acknowledge that this research was made possible by the funding (Grant No. “05 Technology Fusion A01”) supported by the Korean Ministry of Construction and Transportation.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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