||Developing national standards for the classification of construction information in Singapore
||Goh Bee Hua, Chu Yee Leen
||Despite lagging far behind countries which have started developing constructioninformation classification systems over the last 30 to 50 years, Singapore is fastcatching up in this area of development via the formation of the ConstructionIndustry IT Standards Technical Committee (CITC) in 1998. The Government'sintention is to create Singapore into a business and IT hub, and the National ITStandards Committee (NITSC) was formed in 1990 to spearhead the developmentof national IT standards in all sectors of the economy.To date, the CITC has initiated and established standards in the areas of CAD, costand resources information, and specification. The paper discusses thedevelopmental process for one published standard, the Singapore Standard Code ofPractice for Classification of Construction Cost Information (SS CP 80: 1999), andone standard which is in preparation, the Proposed Singapore Standard Code ofPractice for Classification of Construction Resources Information. The intention isto share the Singapore experience with countries which are embarking on a similarprogramme.The next challenge for CITC is to manage change and promote widespreadadoption of these standards by the industry. Results from the questionnaire surveyand interviews indicate a positive attitude towards standards development but lesspositive towards full adoption. Lack of incentives, little immediate benefits, cost tobe incurred from re-classifying historical data and cross-disciplinary differencesare some of the findings.The key pointers for intended standard developers are: make a conscious effort ofinvolving industry players in the development of the standards in order to helpbring down barriers to change; adopt a two-pronged approach so as to achieve awin-win-win result; identify leaders in the industry who can drive the developedstandard/technology in order to convince other players to follow suit; and developassistance schemes to help small firms embrace standardisation and IT.
|Year of publication:
Goh Bee Hua, Chu Yee Leen (2002).
Developing national standards for the classification of construction information in Singapore. Agger K (ed.); Distributing knowledge in building; Arhus, June 12 - 14, Denmark (ISSN: 2706-6568),