Construction IT application and strategy

Andrew S. Chang, Y. W. Tsai

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Abstract

Information Technology (IT) is changing work operations, management methods, and even organization strategies. IT management from 1960 to 2000 has gone through data processing, microcomputer, and current network eras. In recent years, construction companies are thinking of using IT to gain competitiveness. Studies in other industries indicate the relationships between IT and firms' competitive advantages, and how the firms adopting appropriate IT application would enhance their performance. Many top-level managers developed IT framework of their companies without considering the real IT needs of their organizations. That is why it is more difficult to promote information management in organizations. Therefore, the way organizations approach IT investment and management will need to change dramatically. This concept can be borrowed by construction organizations. There are obstacles in using IT in the construction industry such as lack of leadership and cost-driven. IT application is limited in the stages prior to jobsite construction such as the bidding system, but not commonly seen in construction activities. It may be bounded by the nature of construction technology. Thus, we should examine and understand the construction technology fundamentally before pushing e-construction programs. This study explored the real needs of construction and their relationships with IT application to suggest IT strategies. It evaluated the existing IT applications through interviewing practitioners and surveying current practices. From the view of forces driving adoption of new IT, this study connected suitable hardware (equipments or techniques) and software (management methods) of construction production technology with consideration of market needs, organizations and work process to improve the construction firm's productivity and competitiveness. The findings suggest the appropriate practice for the issues of e-construction, furthermore, point out the direction for construction IT competitive advantages to improve operation performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1
Event5th International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology, ECT 2006 - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Duration: 2006 Sep 122006 Sep 15

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NameProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology

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Other5th International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology, ECT 2006
CountrySpain
CityLas Palmas de Gran Canaria
Period06-09-1206-09-15

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Information technology
Industry
Surveying
Construction industry
Microcomputers
Information management
Computer hardware
Managers
Productivity

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)

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Chang, A. S., & Tsai, Y. W. (2006). Construction IT application and strategy. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology (Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology).
Chang, Andrew S. ; Tsai, Y. W. / Construction IT application and strategy. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology. 2006. (Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology).
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