Digital technology for quality management in construction: A review and future research directions

Hanbin Luo, Lin Ling, Ke Chen, Antwi-Afari Maxwell Fordjour, Lijun Chen*

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Significant developments in digital technologies can potentially provide managers and engineers with the ability to improve the quality of the construction industry. Acknowledging the current and future use of digital technologies in construction quality management (CQM), we address the following research question: What developments in digital technologies can be used to improve quality in the construction industry? In addressing this research question, a systematic review approach is used to examine the studies that have been used for the management of quality in the construction industry. This review indicates that there is a need for digital technology-based quality management to be: (1) enhance defect management for concealed work, (2) enhance pre-construction defects prevention as well as post-completion product function testing, and (3) research on construction compliance inspection as a direction. We suggest that future research focus on quality culture development, advanced data analytics, and behavioral quality assessment.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100087
Number of pages10
JournalDevelopments in the Built Environment
Early online date19 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

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© 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (

Funding Information:
The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support provided by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. U21A20151 , 51978302).


  • Quality management
  • Digital technology
  • Quality defects
  • Quality culture
  • Behavioral quality


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