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  • Weisheng Lu - Department of Real Estate and Construction, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Chris Webster - Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Yi Peng - School of Public Administration, Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics, PR China
  • Xi Chen - Department of Real Estate and Construction, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Ke Chen - Department of Real Estate and Construction, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

DOI 10.31025/2611-4135/2018.13737

Released under CC BY-NC-ND

Copyright: © 2018 CISA Publisher

Editorial History

  • Received: 06 Jul 2018
  • Revised: 12 Nov 2018
  • Accepted: 14 Nov 2018
  • Available online: 22 Nov 2018


‘Big data’ has been rapidly sprawling in various research disciplines such as biology, ecology, medical science, business, finance, and public governance but rarely in construction waste management (CWM). The CWM community around the world generally relies on ‘small data’ collected via active solicitation such as sampling and ethnographic methods. This small data is intrinsically limited by its inability to account for the totality of CWM and research findings generated from the small data cannot be accepted with a high level of confidence. With the growing interests in big data, it can be reasonably expected that the waste management community will augment efforts to develop big data and its analytics. However, the efforts are currently constrained by the limited knowledge to do so. This research aims to provide a synoptic overview of the prospects and challenges of big data in CWM. It adopts an inductive, qualitative case study method whereby the empirical data is collected using an ethnographic–action-meta-analysis research approach and triangulated with data from literature, ongoing debate, and other sources. The paper offers some insights on big data acquisition, storage, analytics, implementation, and challenges. Although having a focus on waste management in the construction sector, the insights generated from this study can be of value to general waste management research, which suffers from the same problems of erratic and poor quality data as CWM.



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