A study into the barriers and drivers of portable IT devices with this quantity surveying industry

Packer, David (2011) A study into the barriers and drivers of portable IT devices with this quantity surveying industry. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Over the last few years there has been a dramatic increase in the availability of hand held electronic devices. Portable IT devices, such as web-enabled Smartphones and tablet PCs, can be utilised by quantity surveyors as a method of recording and viewing information when working on site.

    Current literature and research identified that, although there can be reluctance from quantity surveying organisations to invest resources in to IT, the profession can adapt to industry changes. Barriers to portable IT devices such as cost, practicality and availability of industry specific software were identified along with key drivers of increased communication (emails and internet), viewing and recording project information, photography and professionalism.

    Quantitative research was used by means of an online questionnaire. One hundred quantity surveyors throughout the UK, sourced from the RICS 'find a surveyor' website, were questioned and provided a response rate of 32%.

    The findings supported much of the literature review and revealed that although many quantity surveyors had access to a portable IT device, the majority of participants only used them for accessing their emails. In fact all participants claimed to still require traditional methods of using 'pen and paper' when working on site and many used hard copies for viewing information.

    Further analysis revealed that it was not only the cost that was a barrier, but the lack of dedicated industry specific software required to record and view information when onsite. Additionally a third of surveyors stated that there was a resistance for quantity surveyors to adapt to new information technology.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 15:38
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:53
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/6102

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