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Paper w78-1993-30:
Education inrformation technology and the construction industry

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Ellenberg I M

Education inrformation technology and the construction industry

Abstract: The acceptance of Information Technology (IT) has been growing within the construction industry for some time. This however has been largely restricted to the design professionals, including architects and engineers - it has not (except in a few exceptions) had the same impact on the construction site. Parr of this can be traced back to the training. Most architectural students are familiar with Computer Aided Drafting (GAD), whilst most engineering students are acquainted with the various related design packages. The same cannot always be said with respect to the building construction students. In the past building students have been taught computer programming related to some aspect of mathematics, engineering or simple scheduling. Today this is changing with the emphasis on the application of computers and is demonstrated by the growing use of spreadsheets adopted for specific reporting tasks through to the use of aophisticated scheduling packages, estimating packages and so forth. This extends to development of data bases for their own use and the use of service provided data. Most students today have access through their computer terminals at the University to world wide data banks, either at other university libraries through such services as AARNET (The Australian Academic Network) or other similar services. The access to CD Row information such as provided by Standards Australia has become one of the normal tools available to students. Facsimile and modem data exchange methods are parr of every day living. It can be expected that having graduated, the student will encourage their employer to provide similar services. Implementation of computer tendering as forecast for Singapore, will provide further encouragement for the employer to improve h i s commercial advantage. The growth of the wobfle telephone and facsimile is already widely accepted and IT is the logical next step.



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Permission to reproduce these papers has been graciously provided by the National University of Singapore. The assistance of the editors, particularly Prof. Martin Betts, is gratefully appreciated.


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