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Frontiers of Engineering Management

Front. Eng    2017, Vol. 4 Issue (1) : 67-75
The outlook of blockchain technology for construction engineering management
Jun WANG1, Peng WU1, Xiangyu WANG2(), Wenchi SHOU1
1. Australasian Joint Research Centre for Building Information Modelling, Department of Construction Management, Curtin University, Australia
2. Australasian Joint Research Centre for Building Information Modelling, Department of Construction Management, Curtin University, Australia; Department of Housing and Interior Design, Kyung Hee University, South Korea
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Current construction engineering management suffers numerous challenges in terms of the trust, information sharing, and process automation. Blockchain which is a decentralised transaction and data management technology, has attracted increasing interests from both academic and industrial aspects since 2008. However, most of the existing research and practices are focused on the blockchain itself (i.e. technical challenges and limitations) or its applications in the finance service sector (i.e. Bitcoin). This paper aims to investigate the potential of applying blockchain technology in the construction sector. Three types of blockchain-enabled applications are proposed to improve the current processes of contract management, supply chain management, and equipment leasing, respectively. Challenges of blockchain implementation are also discussed in this paper.

Keywords Blockchain      contract management      supply chain management      equipment leasing     
Corresponding Authors: Xiangyu WANG   
Online First Date: 31 March 2017    Issue Date: 19 April 2017
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Jun WANG,Peng WU,Xiangyu WANG, et al. The outlook of blockchain technology for construction engineering management[J]. Front. Eng, 2017, 4(1): 67-75.
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Fig.1  A smart contact example
Fig.2  Blockchain-enabled supply chain
Fig.3  An example of a blockchain-enabled crane leasing
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