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Cloud computing in construction industry: Use cases, benefits and challenges

Bello, Sururah A.; Oyedele, Lukumon O.; Akinade, Olugbenga O.; Bilal, Muhammad; Davila Delgado, Juan Manuel; Akanbi, Lukman A.; Ajayi, Anuoluwapo O.; Owolabi, Hakeem A.


Sururah Bello
Senior Research Fellow - Redistributed Manufacturing in Deployed Operations

Olugbenga Akinade
Associate Professor - AR/VR Development with Artificial Intelligence

Muhammad Bilal
Associate Professor - Big Data Application

Manuel Davila Delgado
Associate Professor - AR/VR Development with Artificial Intelligence

Dr Lukman Akanbi
Associate Professor - Big Data Application Developer

Hakeem Owolabi
Associate Professor - Project Analytics and Digital Enterprise


Cloud computing technologies have revolutionised several industries (such as aerospace, manufacturing, automobile, retail, etc.) for several years. Although the construction industry is well placed to also leverage these technologies for competitive and operational advantage, the diffusion of the technologies in the industry follows a steep curve. This study therefore highlights the current contributions and use cases of cloud computing technologies in construction practices. As such, a systematic review was carried out using ninety-two (92) peer-reviewed publications, published within a ten-year period of 2009-2019. A key highlight of the research findings is that cloud computing is an innovation delivery enabler for other emerging technologies (building information modelling, internet of things, virtual reality, augmented reality, big data analytics, mobile computing) in the construction industry. As such, this paper brings to the fore, current and future application areas of cloud computing vis-à-vis other emerging technologies in the construction industry. The paper also identifies barriers to the broader adoption of cloud computing in the construction industry and discusses strategies for overcoming these barriers.


Bello, S. A., Oyedele, L. O., Akinade, O. O., Bilal, M., Davila Delgado, J. M., Akanbi, L. A., …Owolabi, H. A. (2021). Cloud computing in construction industry: Use cases, benefits and challenges. Automation in Construction, 122, Article 103441.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Oct 23, 2020
Online Publication Date Dec 17, 2020
Publication Date Feb 1, 2021
Deposit Date Nov 26, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 18, 2021
Journal Automation in Construction
Print ISSN 0926-5805
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 122
Article Number 103441
Keywords Cloud computing; emerging technologies; construction industry; future trends
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