Conference topics

  1. Digitization and Digital Transformation including: Smart Construction, Digital Project Management, and Interoperability & Standards
  2. Information Management including: Geospatial and GIS, BIM and Augmented/Virtual Reality
  3. Modern methods of Construction including: Automation and Robotics and 3D Printing and Modular Construction
  4. Resilience Engineering, Disaster Risk Management/Governance and SDG
  5. Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Blockchain in SBE
  6. Performance and Productivity including: Standards, Benchmarking, Health and Safety and Industry Collaboration
  7. Sustainability including: Green Energy, Renewables and Smart Materials
  8. Sustainable Supply Chains and Procurement Policies in SBE
  9. Asset Maintenance, Facility Management and Operation
  10. Policies and Regulations, and Legal Implications in SBE
  11. Education, Continuous Professional Development and Upskill of Workforce
  12. Cost-benefit Analysis and Value Added
  13. Economics and Management of SBE
  14. Business models, Agile and Lean Thinking in SBE


Registration deadlines: 

  • EARLY REGISTRATION before May 20, 2022
  • REGULAR REGISTRATION from May 21 to Sep 20, 2022
  • ON-SITE REGISTRATION from Sep 19, 2022

Important submission dates: 

  • Abstract submission deadlines before Apr 01, 2022
  • Notification on abstracts’ acceptance Apr 15, 2022
  • Payment of the early registration fee: May  20, 2022
  • Submission of conference papers Jun 15, 2022
  • Submission of revised papers from Jun 31, 2022
  • Final paper acceptance Jul 15, 2022
  • Cancellation without penalty: Sep 6, 2022
  • Conference: Sep 21 – 24, 2022

The construction industry is among the least digitized. Nevertheless, the industry provides work to millions and representing circa 13 percent of global GDP and can be considered as the largest. Construction has shown a productivity growth of 1 percent annually for the past two decades, where overruns of time and cost are default. Furthermore, risks are significant, and overall earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) are below 5 percent. Now with the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, without disruption and change, the industry may return to a depression and a vulnerable economic cycle.

R&D spendings are well behind that of other industries, running at less than 1 percent of revenues, versus 3.5 to 4.5 percent for the auto and aerospace sectors. Usually, the digital transformation route leads to these disruptive changes, so much need in construction. However, this requires adoption of new technologies but also the implementation of a much wider change. This involves numerous aspects relating to the organizational structure and processes and, above all, to the organizational culture. The most tangible changes that digital transformation may bring are a manufacture-led approach to construction and digital platforms, automatic control of production processes, the introduction of robots that support and gradually replace manual labour, the implementation of predictive models for project decision making, a new concept of the relationship with stakeholders. In summary, the impact of the digital transformation will be significant for all company business functions as well for the public sectors key stakeholders

Smart Built Environment (SBE) specifically encourages projects that enable and incentivise new business or operational models, innovative forms of collaboration, and new or developed value chains. From its introduction, Building Information Modeling (BIM) has proudly stood as an enabler of change in construction and has fuelled the development of SB. BIM facilitates early supply chain and operational team involvement and thus unlocks more efficient and transparent ways of concept, planning, designing, creating, and maintaining built assets over their whole lifecycle. However, despite its popularity, BIM without a sustainable digital transformation of process and organization has little chance for long-term success of SBEs . For these reasons, digital transformation needs to be understood as part of an organizational strategy with the aim to create value on the entire value chain.

Therefore, the objective of this call is to develop and demonstrate both theoretical and practical insights that will enable new and emerging digital technologies, data, and analytics to enhance the smart built environment, thereby driving up commercial competitiveness and productivity of the construction industry. The papers considered for the OTMC2022 conference must:

  • Clearly contribute to Smart Built Environment’s impact logic, with a focus on the construction’s digital transformation
  • Clearly promote the sustainability aspects of resilience, reduced climate impact and increased equality in the built environment
  • Be scalable and applicable in different environments (for example, in municipal or regional planning and permitting processes or in construction and infrastructure projects)

Mark your calendars and make sure you do not miss the 15th International OTMC Conference. We are looking forward to seeing you in the ancient city of Cavtat (Dubrovnik), a city with over a two-thousand-year history.