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PROCEEDINGS OF THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING COMPUTING
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
The Use of Information Technology in Construction Related Consultancies
Ernst and Young Management Consultants, London
B.E. Tuckwood, "The Use of Information Technology in Construction Related Consultancies", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 1-8, 1989. doi:10.4203/ccp.9.1.1
This study addresses the subject of information technology within civil and structural engineering consultancies.
It commences with an examination of the literature on this subject within the industry, and a review of informal discussions with representatives of computer firms. Together, these reveal substantial inconsistencies in the views expressed both within the civil engineering industry and within the computing industry, and a shortage of quantitative information. This leads to the need for interviews of a number of firms in order to obtain primary information on the experiences of engineering practices with computers. From the results of these interviews a description of investigative and implementation procedures in the practices is developed. The applications and benefits of information technology and literature within the industry are examined and compared with the results of research in other business fields. The report also identifies weaknesses and opportunities within the information technology sector in respect of its marketing to the civil engineering industry. The report concludes with a prescriptive account of the way in which planning for and implementing new technology should take place in order to realise as fully as possible the benefits available.
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