1st Edition

Sustainable Communities through Digital Transformation

    408 Pages 111 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge


    This book brings together cutting-edge exploratory research findings to show how a vision for sustainable communities can be enabled by digital transformation. It attempts to apply existing knowledge about digital transformation and sustainable communities and compare, interpret, diagnose, and evaluate a variety of digital solutions to ascertain their suitability for the delivery of a more sustainable built environment. Chapters examine a breadth of issues including how digital transformations could:


    ·       Provide digital/physical working/living environments that anticipate emerging lifestyles

    ·       Blend digital engagements into the physical engagements within the built environment

    ·       Support business and social activity in physical and online venues

    ·       Use advanced information and community-oriented technologies for efficient management of urban services

    ·       Promote sustainability

    ·       Express narratives that celebrate the experience of place and community

    ·       Leverage transformation of educational systems

    ·       Foster linkages between universities, and between universities and businesses

    ·       Facilitate working relationships among small and large companies

    ·       Foster new processes and arrangements for innovation in the built environment


    By comparing the key principles of digital transformation with those of sustainable communities, the contributors seek to justify or discount the applicability of digital change for achieving more sustainable communities. The research presented in this book is essential reading for architecture, urban planning, quantity surveying, building surveying, real estate, and construction management professionals and academics.






    Chapter 1: Introduction by Yusuf Arayici

    Chapter 2: Digital Transformation as a Business Differentiation Strategy for Sustainable Built Environment by Valentah Siamuzwe-Manase, David Manase and Georgios Kapogiannis

    Chapter 3: Building Information Modelling Adoption in the New Zealand Construction Industry: Insights from BIM Experts by Dat Tien Doan, Yan Ma, Ali Ghaffarianhoseini

    Chapter 4: Robotics / Automation Awareness in Foreign and Local Firms in Nigeria by Oluwadamilare Olamide Ilesanmi, Ayodeji Emmanuel Oke, John Aliu and John Oluwaseun Atolagbe

    Chapter 5: Sustainable and Lean Healthcare Facility Management by Gökhan Demirdöğen, Yusuf Arayici, Zeynep Işık

    Chapter 6: Circular Economy for Sustainable Built Environment through Building Information Modelling by Bahriye Ilhan Jones

    Chapter 7: Human Augmentation Technology Adoption for the Construction Industry by Samuel Adeniyi Adekunle, Clinton Aigbavboa, Obuks Ejohwomu, Opeoluwa Akinradewo, Andrew Ebekozien, Douglas Aghimien

    Chapter 8: Rendering the Digital Future – Understanding the Social-Spatial Perception of a Dynamic Data Intensive Environment as an Architect by Jiayi Jin, Mingyu Zhu

    Chapter 9: Digital Technologies and Alternative Social Imaginaries: Producing Architectural Counternarratives in Eco-communities by Nadia Bertolino

    Chapter 10: Measuring Walkability through Data-led Analysis and Spatial Modelling by Jennifer Wiles, Seraphim Alvanides, Ayse Ozbil Torun

    Chapter 11: The Effect of Building Façade Materials in Mitigating UHI Effect: An Urban City Centre Study by Shashwat S, Kishor Zingre, Niraj Thurairrajah

    Chapter 12: Promoting Built Asset Flood Resilience for Sustainable Development Through Data Advantage by Pavithra Rathnasiri, Onaopepo Adeniyi, Niraj Thurairajah

    Chapter 13: Post Occupancy Evaluation for Sustainable Performance of Green Buildings by Oluwadamilare Olamide Ilesanmi, Ayodeji Emmanuel Oke, John Aliu and Oluwapelumi Ruth Oluwaleye

    Chapter 14: Evaluation of Historical Buildings with Heritage Building Information Modelling by Merve Anac, Yusuf ARAYICI, E. Görun Arun, Bülent Haznedar

    Chapter 15: 3D Printing Applicability in Housing Projects in Australia by Pedro Miguel Valadas Vicente, Yusuf Arayici

    Chapter 16: Commercial Property Vacancy for Building Adaptation and Re-use by Kevin Muldoon-Smith, Jonathan Pearson, Paul Greenhalgh, Jane Stonehouse, Leo Moreton

    Chapter 17: BIM Implementation in Construction Companies in the UK by David Laurance and Yusuf Arayici

    Chapter 18: An experimental Analysis of Energy Performance Labelling in England by Kevin Muldoon-Smith, Jonthan Pearson, Paul Greenhalgh, Mark Kirk, and Steve Philips

    Chapter 19: Artificial Intelligence as the Way Forward for Scan-to-BIM Practice in Cultural Heritage by Aleksander Gil, Yusuf Arayici, Bimal Kumar

    Chapter 20: Summary and Conclusion by Bimal Kumar


    Yusuf Arayici is a professor of Built Environment at Northumbria University. Since 2000, his research has ranged from building information modelling and process improvement to energy management and sustainability. He has led substantial research groups over a prolonged period through continuous cycles of funded research projects with a sum of £10M, has graduated 15 PhDs and many MSc students, and has published more than 100 papers and five books about Building Information Modelling. Currently, he is researching on Deep Learning and Cognitive Digital Twins for healthcare FM and AI-supported heritage BIM.

    Dr Niraj Thurairajah is an Associate Professor in the built environment at Northumbria University, where he leads the Sustainable Construction Futures research group. His research delves into the complexities of the built environment, focusing on human and process-related aspects. This includes how organisations and individuals navigate technological innovation, apply new economic theories within built environment contexts, and implement decarbonisation strategies to enhance climate resilience. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications covering areas such as the digital built environment, construction economics and procurement, decarbonisation, and education. He played leading roles in research and industry engagement projects such as Green Skills, ORBEE, ACBEE, ExcelDL, ISLAND I & II, CKE and H2B innovation grants. His work integrates academic rigour with practical industry insights, significantly contributing to the field of sustainable construction.

    Bimal Kumar is currently Professor of Innovative Digital Construction Technologies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow UK. He leads the Digital Construction, Procurement and Law research group. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered Engineer. He is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Engineers of India and a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He is well known for his work on the application of artificial intelligence/knowledge-based systems to structural design - this has resulted in three books and numerous publications. He is also the founding Secretary/Treasurer of the European Group for Structural Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence (EG-SEA-AI), now called European Group of Intelligent Computing in Engineering (EG-ICE). His main research interests are the design and development of systems and advanced IT tools to facilitate the integration of the design and construction processes, intelligent buildings, modelling building regulation and codes representation and processing, BIM, and knowledge management in engineering.