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Drivers and Barriers of Using Intrenet of Things for Successful Lean Implementation in Construction Projects in Sri Lanka

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N.M.G.H. Sandagomika ,

University of Moratuwa, Colombo, LK
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Y.G. Sandanayake,

University of Moratuwa, Colombo, LK
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B.J. Ekanayake

University of Moratuwa, Colombo, LK
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Abstract

With the rising impact of technological advancements within all sectors, there is an increase in interest among construction industry practitioners to integrate novel technologies collaborated with concepts. Lean is one such concept, which has received growing attention of construction companies. However, past researchers have identified many barriers for successful lean implementation in global construction context, where, technological approaches seem to be a success factor. Many experts have identified Internet of Things (IoT) as an enabler for the lean implementation in construction, which is undoubtedly lacking in the Sri Lankan context. Hence, this paper aims to investigate the drivers and barriers for using IoT for successful lean implementation in Sri Lankan construction industry. Seven semi structured interviews with experts in IoT and lean construction were conducted under the qualitative approach for data collection to achieve the research aim. Findings highlighted increased product and process quality; reduced unnecessary delays in construction process; reduced unnecessary costs; enhanced inventory management system; and increased site safety as key drivers, whereas, expensive devises and high cost of implementation; resistance to change; lack of internet coverage, IT facilities and compatibility issues; difficulties to adapt due to lack of knowledge and skills; security and privacy issues; and lack of innovative culture were identified as key barriers of using IoT for successful lean implementation in Sri Lankan construction industry. Findings revealed the several similarities in drivers and barriers of using IoT for lean construction implementation both in global and Sri Lankan context.

How to Cite: Sandagomika, N.M.G.H., Sandanayake, Y.G. and Ekanayake, B.J., 2020. Drivers and Barriers of Using Intrenet of Things for Successful Lean Implementation in Construction Projects in Sri Lanka. FARU Journal, 7, pp.12–19. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/faruj.v7i0.26
Published on 31 Dec 2020.
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