||Electronic communication and new forms of electronic commerce have been someof the fastest growing areas in information technology in construction. Denmark,Finland and Sweden are in the forefront of applying these technologies, and arecent repeat of the IT Barometer survey of the construction industry presentsinformation from firms of: architects, property owners and managers, contractors,consulting engineers and others. This was first carried out in 1998. Comparisonsare now made between levels of IT use then and in 2000/2001, and between thethree countries involved.The paper-based survey was developed at KTH in Sweden and the same questionswere asked in Denmark and Finland. The survey includes: levels of staff, access toequipment and communications, current and future use of applications software,Intranets and Project Webs, e-commerce, future intentions, benefits and problems.The general aim is to measure progress in take up of technology and comparenational differences.The analysis indicates significant differences, with Denmark and Finland having ahigh level of staff access to PCs and e-mail and Finland making greater use ofProject Webs and Intranets. The most interesting comparison is in attitudes tofinancial control systems, where Swedish and Danish companies place betterfinancial control as a high priority, while it has dropped in importance in Finland.Swedish and Danish companies appear to have most of the CAD facilities theyneed, but in Finland this is still a priority for investment. A reduced proportion ofdrawing work is carried out manually by architects and engineers in all threecountries, around 15 - 20% for Denmark and Sweden, while this has reduced inFinland from 34% to 6% in the last 3 years and, in Sweden, from 36 - 14% . Ecommerceis most fully developed in Finland where over three quarters ofcompanies have some experience of its use.