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An Evaluation of Quantity Surveying Software Usage in Northern Ireland

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Odeyinka, Henry and Doherty, C (2008) An Evaluation of Quantity Surveying Software Usage in Northern Ireland. In: COBRA 2008. (Eds: Brown, Stephen), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), London, United Kingdom, pp. 4-17. ISBN 978-1-84219-434-8 [Book section]

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Abstract

The majority of the duties performed by the Quantity Surveyor involve calculations and quantification which to a great extent lend themselves to computerisation. Today, there are many commercially developed software packages targeted at aiding the performance of quantity surveying duties. Whilst some QS firms have embraced the use of some of the software, it is common knowledge that some firms are yet to embrace them. Using structured questionnaire survey, this study attempts to evaluate the extent of usage of different modules of some selected QS software. In addition, it also attempts to assess the attractive factors for adopting the use of the selected software as well as the negative factors inhibiting their use. Using mean ranking analysis, the study concludes that the extent to which the private QS and the contractor’s QS use dedicated software varies depending on the purpose for their use. The major attractive factors for adopting the use of QS software are the speed of use as well as enhanced quality of document production. The major negative factors inhibiting the adoption of QS software are lack of computer literacy as well as unwillingness to acquire software due to high initialcost, which may be unaffordable by the very small firms as well as the cost of training.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:attractive factors, mean ranking, negative factors, quantity surveying, software
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)
ID Code:13811
Deposited By:Dr Henry Odeyinka
Deposited On:20 May 2010 12:22
Last Modified:20 May 2010 12:22

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