Comparative Study of Information Technology Use by Architects, Engineers and Contractors

Shrestha, Pramen P.; Shields, David R.; Oparaugo, Dozie A.; Pradhananga, Nipesh
May 2011
Journal of Civil Engineering & Architecture;2011, Vol. 5 Issue 5, p375
Academic Journal
The use of information technology (IT) in construction is expanding rapidly. More and more architecture, engineering, and construction companies are adopting new technologies in software design to help accelerate and accurately carry out their functions. Based on a research study carried out in Southern Nevada with a questionnaire survey of 54 construction-related firms, this study aims to compare the types and extent of IT use by architects, engineers, and contractors. It also explores the level of IT skills possessed by professionals working in the industry. The study found that architects mostly used design software whereas engineers and contractors used scheduling and estimating software. All of the respondents believed that IT helped to improve their work productivity. The majority of the respondents thought that IT is useful for Construction Management (CM) students: engineers and architects thought that CM students should take more scheduling and estimating software courses and contractors thought that they should take more scheduling and quantity take-off software courses.


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