IT Has High Tech Solutions

Daily Post (Liverpool, England), November 19, 2003 | Go to article overview

IT Has High Tech Solutions


ONLY recently have advancements in the IT sector been adopted by the construction industry. There are now several packages on the market,all aimed at increasing productivity and providing on line solutions for the design,engineering and construction industry.

This is mainly due to many IT companies and software providers broadening their field and moving into the previously unchartered territory of the construction industry.

Affordable solutions within the construction sector have been difficult to achieve due to the sheer complexity of construction- related projects and demands this made on technology. A new breed of systems,called Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), have attracted larger firms.

Interestingly,adopting these methods requires making substantial changes to business processes.

Research is being conducted via feedback from companies using ERP, but so far the approach is particularly attractive to contractors.

Until recently,IT has had little to offer the majority of the industry who work as contractors or tradesmen.

More than 50pcof the firms are sole traders and most employ less than seven staff,most of whom are site-based.

Changes may be brought due to the development of hand-heldcomputers. Coupled with wireless technology they have the potential to link site-based operations with an office-based computer system. This alone reduces administration and allows for greater efficiency via communication systems.

Advancements within IT have enabled the construction sector to redefine its working practices, introducing particularly cost-effective strategies at the planning and programming stages.

Drawing boards have long been replaced by computer-based design packages. These packages, such as Autocat and Turbocat,provide the tools with which to test proposed constructions against forces suchas wind force,ground shake,and water. …

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