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Use of IT in the Construction Industry

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The challenges posed by the adoption of these IT technologies are studied in brief followed by suggestions for the future. The association between design and construction in the industry is of significant interest to the study. Design and Construction personnel are in an integrated team rely heavily on the real-time and rapid exchange of information. Also, the project construction team available on-site faces many challenges with regards to proper information management, like documentation and record keeping. innovations have become available which facilitate such rapid exchange of information. These technologies can: Today Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Facilities Management are heavily dependent upon I.

for their mutual interaction as well as for own functions. Innovations in technology that helps sharing and transmitting data have brought about major changes in the industry through research and development in the areas of linking and sharing of information, (Pena-Mora, Vadhavkar, Perkins, and Weber, 1999). Interoperability is defined as the capacity for making the information flow from one point to other. Development and use of standardized information structure form the foundation on which Interoperability is based.

For a highly fragmented industry like Construction (AEC/FM), the emerging inter-operability will hinge on web-based collaboration. The following section presents a study on the topic of web-based systems and their utility in the industry. Most of the evolution of Electronic Data Interchange had emerged from internal needs of organizations. Naturally, the software posed problems and lacked effectiveness when applied to inter-organizational exchange needs of the Construction Projects. The advances in Web-based exchange of information, currently applied to the Industry, facilitates the exchange of documents as also the sharing of construction data among participants.

Its versatility allows documents to be created, dispatched and received, stored and removed through the medium of the Web.

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