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Arif A A, Karam A H

A comparative study: with insight into the use of IT in local architectural practices

Abstract: This paper reports on the use of Information Technologies (IT) in the South African building industry. It offers an insight into the architecture profession, a profession that plays a major role in the construction sector. The analysis is based on the results of a survey conducted in the Western Cape Province during the year 2000. In an attempt to uncover the similarities and differences between the local context and the international one, this paper outlines a few elements of IT for comparison. After a brief introduction to the IT map of South Africa, the analysis concentrates on the following four issues: Response and Respondents, General IT usage, Use of Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) and Use of Networks. Each of these issues is framed in both the local and the international contexts. Despite the shortcomings of using different questions with different emphasis when referring to other surveys, it is still believed that reporting on local practices is not extremely meaningful in isolation. It is hoped that this type of analysis will serve to unravel the particulars of the construction industry in South Africa providing its counterparts with a new perspective.



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Arif A, Karam A

Architectural Practices and Their Use of IT in the Western Cape Province, South Africa

Abstract: The application of Information Technologies (IT) is moving forward with tremendous speed affecting all industries and professions; our building profession is no exception. To identify the extent of IT application in the building construction context of South Africa, a survey was conducted in the year 2000; it included IT as one of the many topics investigated. The Western Cape Province (WCP) was selected as the first subject of the ambitious national survey. The survey provides insight into the particular patterns in IT applications within the local architectural industry of the WCP and tracks its implications in terms of human resources and technical needs. This research paper presents a focused perspective of the findings of the survey on the local practices; their general profile, their computer technology profiles, their particular applications of technology and finally the effect of computer use on the profitability and cost reduction of their practices. The data presented in this paper highlights the high numbers of small-sized offices as a general characteristic of the local profile. Although a good percentage of these small offices seem to have a high need and use for IT applications, larger-sized offices are totally computerised and are all networked as well. The use of computers is clearly concentrated in three areas: administration, communication in addition to the core activity of construction drawings production. The survey reveals a major dependency on computer-aided-design (CAD) software where its use extends, in most cases, to clients' presentations. This dependency makes high demands on staff and principals' literacy and on the high competency levels needed for their use of technology. On the financial effect of IT use, many practices are not fully convinced that there is an actual reduction in their running costs. The exception occurs in the case of practices run by principals who use computers themselves; they have a positive perception of the financial benefits of technology. This research establishes a baseline from which to scale the progress in the use and application of IT in the architectural profession, being a key player in the construction industry. It serves as a measure for future surveys of the other provinces. It is hoped that it provides a foundation for many assumptions made by practitioners, technologists, consultants and educators of this field.

Keywords: Architecture - South Africa, Architectural Practices, Building Construction, Computer-Aided-Design (CAD), Survey - Cape Town


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Abstract: Professional Curriculum Vitae Personal Information Name: Owor Asodo JamesMobile Telephone Number:075-2-953-237/075-2-693-618 Address: P.O.Box 7575, Kampala City: KAMPALA State/Province: UGANDA Section Title:Career Objective Description: · To obtain a challenging position in Human resource and development in order to maximize my potential. Section title:Work Experience Company:Alarm protection Service Limited Location: Plot 53 Lumumba Avenue Dates:2001 — 2003 Job Title: Training officer Work Description: · Developed the company wide annual training program, and designing training curricula for different target groups.· Provided guidance to staff in the area of training and development.· Managed the implementation of training and development strategy for the company.· Ensured that the company has an effective personal development system that meets the overall business strategies.· Maintaining documents in personnel files: hiring, NSSF registration, change of status, termination forms, medical leave, CVs, warning letters, disciplinary reports, etc. Company:Alarm protection Service Limited Location: Plot 53 Lumumba Avenue Dates: 2003 — 2004 Job Title:Security Manager Work Description: · Ensuring safety of company assets and preventing crime in line with the company’s corporate strategy and policies. Section Title:Education School or Program Name:BA Social ScienceLocation: Makerere UniversityDegree/Level Attained:Second Class Upper Dates:2000 — 2003 School or Program Name:Diploma in personnel and industrial Relations.Location:London College of Professionalism Degree/Level Attained:High Merit Dates: March1999 — Oct. ‘99 School or Program Name:Uganda advanced certificate of EducationLocation: St. Francis SSS Dates:1997 — 1998 School or Program Name:Uganda Certificate of EducationLocation: Rock HighDegree/Level Attained: Division III Dates:1991 — 1994 Section Title:Interests Description:Career development, and acquiring new skills Section Title:Academic Reference Name:1. Mr. Arojo O.O StephenP.O.Box 7062, KampalaTelephone Number: +256-077-2-429-922 / 041-540-650Personal ReferenceName: 2. Mr. Mbongo M. MichaelTelephone Number:+256-075-2-200-264 / 041-2359453. Mr. Othieno Charles KakunguruTelephone Number:+256-078-2-833-201Signature:……………………………… Company: Department of Sociology, Makerere University Job Title: Senior Lecturer Company: JRNET Company Job Title: Marketing OfficerDate: ……………………………..

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