Information Technology in Construction: How to Realise the Benefits?

Information Technology in Construction: How to Realise the Benefits?

Lauri Koskela (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland) and Abdul Samad Kazi (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-104-9.ch004
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Abstract

Advancement in the utilisation of computers has, in recent years, become a major, even dominating research and development target in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. However, in empirical investigations, no major benefits accruing from construction IT have been found. Why do the many IT applications, which when separately analysed seem so well justified, fail to produce positive impacts when the totality of the construction project is analysed? The objective of this chapter is to find the explanation for this paradox and to provide initial guidelines as to what should be done to correct the situation.

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