A STUDY OF THE USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR

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    Abstract

    The current use of Information Technology (IT) by the leading Architectural, Consulting Engineering, Quantity Surveying and Contracting firms in the Republic of Ireland is assessed. Estimates of the future use of IT by these firms and the Irish construction sector in general are also included. The results are based on a wide ranging questionnaire survey conducted amongst the top 50 in each of the four sub-sectors. These results are presented under the headings ‘Computer Hardware and Software’, ‘Communications’, ‘Management of IT’, ‘Difficulties with IT’, ‘Strategy and IT’ and ‘General influence of IT on the Irish construction sector’. Some comparisons with the results from other similar surveys in other countries are made. The survey reveals that although there are some similarities in the extent to which each of the sub-sectors are currently using IT and how they intend to use IT in the future, there are also some significant differences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-34
    JournalTHE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
    Volume7
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

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