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Paper w78-2002-14:
Developing national standards for the classification of construction information in Singapore

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Goh Bee Hua, Chu Yee Leen

Developing national standards for the classification of construction information in Singapore

Abstract:Despite lagging far behind countries which have started developing construction information classification systems over the last 30 to 50 years, Singapore is fast catching up in this area of development via the formation of the Construction Industry IT Standards Technical Committee (CITC) in 1998. The Government's intention is to create Singapore into a business and IT hub, and the National IT Standards Committee (NITSC) was formed in 1990 to spearhead the development of national IT standards in all sectors of the economy. To date, the CITC has initiated and established standards in the areas of CAD, cost and resources information, and specification. The paper discusses the developmental process for one published standard, the Singapore Standard Code of Practice for Classification of Construction Cost Information (SS CP 80: 1999), and one standard which is in preparation, the Proposed Singapore Standard Code of Practice for Classification of Construction Resources Information. The intention is to share the Singapore experience with countries which are embarking on a similar programme. The next challenge for CITC is to manage change and promote widespread adoption of these standards by the industry. Results from the questionnaire survey and interviews indicate a positive attitude towards standards development but less positive towards full adoption. Lack of incentives, little immediate benefits, cost to be incurred from re-classifying historical data and cross-disciplinary differences are some of the findings. The key pointers for intended standard developers are: make a conscious effort of involving industry players in the development of the standards in order to help bring down barriers to change; adopt a two-pronged approach so as to achieve a win-win-win result; identify leaders in the industry who can drive the developed standard/technology in order to convince other players to follow suit; and develop assistance schemes to help small firms embrace standardisation and IT.

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Cluster:papers of the same cluster (result of machine made clusters)
Class:class.economic (0.030731) class.synthesis (0.018880) class.impact (0.014794)
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Permission to reproduce these documents have been graciously provided by the Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark. The assistnace of the editor, Prof. Kristian Agger, is gratefully aprecciated.

 

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