Barriers faced by AEC companies in Macao in adopting innovative technologies to improve health & safety

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Abstract

With the construction industry moving towards digitalisation, innovative technologies have become available to assist companies with improving construction Health & Safety (H&S) performance with varying success. Although these technologies have been touted as the solution for improving H&S, their
adoption has been hampered by challenges and limitations surrounding these technologies. Several studies have been carried out to determine the adoption barriers of such technologies. However, existing studies does not include Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR), presenting a knowledge gap in this small Asian region. This paper aims to study technologies employed for H&S improvement purposes and determine the barriers with adopting such technologies, including Building Information Modelling (BIM), Drones, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), Wearable Sensing Devices (WSDs)
and Exoskeletons. This study explored existing literature to determine the type of barriers experienced within the construction industry and an online descriptive questionnaire with 40 AEC professionals operating in Macao SAR participated in the survey. The data collected were analysed and ranked to ascertain the top three barriers. The results indicate a lack of technology adoption in Macao’s
construction industry. Some of the participants were unaware of some of the technologies used for improving the H&S in building projects. The findings also revealed that a lack of demand from clients, senior management, and the government was a barrier to adoption and prevalent throughout the top three of all five technologies
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the CIBW099W123: Digital Transformation of Health and Safety in Construction
EditorsEmuze Fidelis, Fred Sherratt, Alfredo Soeiro
Place of PublicationPorto, Portugal
PublisherUniversidade do Porto
Pages421-430
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789727523092
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2023
EventCIB W099 & W123 Annual International Conference: Digital Transformation of Health and Safety in Construction - Casa do Vilar, Porto, Portugal
Duration: 21 Jun 202322 Jun 2023

Publication series

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ISSN (Print)None

Conference

ConferenceCIB W099 & W123 Annual International Conference: Digital Transformation of Health and Safety in Construction
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityPorto
Period21/06/2322/06/23

Keywords

  • health and safety
  • Macao SAR
  • building information modelling (BIM)
  • virtual reality
  • augmented reality
  • exoskeleton
  • wearable sensing devices

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