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Perceptions of Quantity Surveyors on Challenges to and Benefits of Incorporating Information Technology in Quantity Surveying Practice in Ghana

Agyekum K, Ayarkwa J and Adjarko H
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Agyekum K: Department of Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi
Ayarkwa J: Department of Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi
Adjarko H: Department of Building Technology, Takoradi Polytechnic, Takoradi Ghana

Asian Engineering Review, 2015, vol. 2, issue 3, 30-36

Abstract: his paper aimed at examining challenges and benefits associated with the incorporation of information technology (IT) in Ghanaian Quantity Surveying practice. A structured questionnaire survey was carried out to solicit the views of 45 Chief Quantity Surveyors of quantity surveying firms in Kumasi and Accra on the issues under investigation. Data obtained was analyzed by mean scores. The findings from the study revealed that Microsoft project, Autodesk Quantity Takeoff, Masterbill, In-house software and QSPlus are the most frequently used quantity surveying softwares in quantity surveying practices. The results further showed that ‘inadequate training and education in the use of IT tools’, ‘high cost of innovation/learning a new technology’ and ‘inadequate or erratic power supply’ are the top most challenges to the adoption of IT in QS practices. Increase in productivity through streamlined data entry and management, increased productivity through automated quantities and cost calculations and improved savings in operation cost are among the benefits perceived to be associated with the adoption of IT in Quantity Surveying practice. Identification of the challenges and knowing the benefits associated with the adoption of IT should encourage industry practitioners to embrace the future prospects of IT adoption.

Keywords: Perceptions; of; Quantity; Surveyors (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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