Mapping the e-business profile and trends in cost management in the UK construction industry

Perera, Srinath, Park, Rachael, Udeaja, Chika, Zhou, Lei and Rodrigo, Anushi (2012) Mapping the e-business profile and trends in cost management in the UK construction industry. In: 7th International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC 2012), 15-17 August 2012, The Brazilian British Centre, São Paulo, Brazil.

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Abstract

The advancement of e-business applications and IT infrastructure has had massive impact on construction business processes over the last decade. The added effects of globalisation coupled with global economic recession have forced businesses to implement e-business applications within their organisations. It is clear in all industries, that e-business technologies have become a key strategic vehicle in improving performance. In Construction, e-business applications complement most of the business functions and have removed geographical boundaries resulting in a global construction market with increased competition, increased collaboration and have helped reducing the fragmentation of the industry. However, even though the successes are inevitable, it is scrutinized that the advancement is still constrained within the industry. Thus there is a need to undertake an analysis of current construction e-business usage and attitude of construction professionals towards e-business trends to ensure a productive and beneficial implementation of construction e-business tools within organisations. This study acknowledged the niche for research into current e-business usage in UK construction organisations and aimed to determine and map the use of ICT in construction cost management activities, and explore the attitudes of professionals towards e-business approaches. Initially a comprehensive literature review was carried out together with an online web search to identify what ICT and software packages are being used for construction cost management activities. Results from this review aided in developing the research questionnaire and a detailed an online structured survey was carried out using the chartered quantity surveying organisations within the UK. This paper presents the findings of the survey and discusses the ICT usage within construction organisations for cost management activities and the attitude of construction professionals towards BIM and construction e-business trends.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G500 Information Systems
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Srinath Perera
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2013 15:33
Last Modified: 13 May 2017 16:54
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/11823

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