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Disruptive innovations of the 4th industrial revolution are now starting to make an impact on construction. Although construction has lagged behind some of the other industries in embracing this revolution, recent years have seen a concentrated effort to drive change in construction processes and practices. The 4th industrial revolution is characterised by; Digitisation, optimisation, and customisation of production, Automation and adaptation; Human machine interaction; Value-added services and businesses, Automatic data exchange and communication (Lu, 2017). In construction, the applications of Industry 4.0 include 3D printing of building components, autonomous construction vehicles, the use of drones for site and building surveying, advanced offsite manufacturing facilities etc. These aspects are collectively considered as Construction 4.0 and are seen to be already making an impact on construction, how the buildings are being designed, built and maintained. While this presents an opportunity to enhance industry practices, it comes with a challenge to transform in to the new digital era.

This new digital era of construction, Construction 4.0, has significant potential to enhance disaster resilience practices in the built environment. Knowledge on resilience of the built environment including preparedness, response and recovery has advanced significantly over the recent years and we are now in an era where resilience is seen as a key constituent of the built environment. But the recurring and devastating impacts of disasters constantly challenge us to improve our practices and seek ways of achieving greater heights in our quest of achieving a resilient built environment. The innovations associated with Construction 4.0 can be exploited to enhance the ability of the built environment to prepare for and adapt to climate change and withstand and recover rapidly from the impacts of disasters. In this workshop we seek to revisit disaster resilience practices in the built environment using the innovations associated with Construction 4.0.

The workshop is open to registered PhD students and Early Career Researchers. Attendance is free for PhD students, provided a full paper is submitted and presented at the workshop. A limited number of travel bursaries are available for PhD students to cover their local travel expenses. Please indicate at the time of abstract submission if you wish to be considered for this.

Topics of interest include (but not limited to),

· Modern methods of construction and disaster resilience

· BIM and disaster resilience

· Off-site construction for post-disaster re-construction

· Automation and information technologies for building resilience

· Smart and resilient cities

· Drones and automated inspection for damage assessments

· ICT enabled business continuity management in construction

Scope of the workshop includes application of innovations associated with Construction 4.0 at any stage of the disaster risk management cycle including preparedness, response and recovery in the built environment.

· Big data analytics for disaster resilience in the built environment

· Digitalisation of disaster waste flows

· Optimising building designs for disaster resilience

· Modular and Flat pack building design and construction

· Resilience technologies and engineering

· 3D printing for resilient construction

· Robotics and autonomous vehicles in disaster recovery

Key dates

Abstract submission: 18th Dec 2018

Full paper submission: 1st March 2019

Camera ready paper submission: 12th April 2019

Workshop held: 25th April 2019

Workshop Location

Workshop will be held at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The venue will be City Campus East 1 – multiple award-winning building which is home to Business, Law and Design courses.

Find it on the Campus Map here (Number 5 on the Campus Map - City Campus East 1. Event will be held at CCE1 room 402.

Northumbria is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. It is based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.

The workshop will be hosted by the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at Northumbria. Ranked in the QS World Top 200 for Architecture and Built Environment (2018), it was Ranked 23rd in the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (Research Excellence Framework 2014, UoA16), with nearly half of our research outputs rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Situated in the North East of England, Northumbria University's City Campus is situated in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. Whether travelling by air, sea, rail or road, Northumbria University is easily accessible. Newcastle upon Tyne is just under three hours away from London by the fastest rail service, whilst Edinburgh (Scotland's capital) is only an hour away. Newcastle has its own International Airport.

Department of Architecture and Built Environment

Faculty of Engineering and Environment

Northumbria University