International review of computer usage and applications by construction project managers

Cox, Robert F. & Hampson, Keith D. (1998) International review of computer usage and applications by construction project managers. In Proceedings of Eighth Annual Rinker International Conference, Technology Innovation and Integration in Construction, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.


As computer applications become more available—both technically and economically—construction project managers are increasingly able to access advanced computer tools capable of transforming the role that project managers have typically performed. Competence at using these tools requires a dual commitment in training—from the individual and the firm.

Improving the computer skills of project managers can provide construction firms with a competitive advantage to differentiate from others in an increasingly competitive international market. Yet, few published studies have quantified what existing level of competence construction project managers have. Identification of project managers’ existing computer application skills is a necessary first step to developing more directed training to better capture the benefits of computer applications.

This paper discusses the yet to be released results of a series of surveys undertaken in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and the United States through QUT’s School of Construction Management and Property and the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida. This international survey reviews the use and reported competence in using a series of commercially-available computer applications by construction project managers. The five different country locations of the survey allow cross-national comparisons to be made between project managers undertaking continuing professional development programs.

The results highlight a shortfall in the ability of construction project managers to capture potential benefits provided by advanced computer applications and provide directions for targeted industry training programs. This international survey also provides a unique insight to the cross-national usage of advanced computer applications and forms an important step in this ongoing joint review of technology and the construction project manager.

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ID Code: 41512
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Computer Applications, Computer Skills, Project Managers, Training
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 02 May 2011 23:33
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2011 14:35

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