An Evaluation of Quantity Surveying Software Usage in Northern Ireland

Henry Odeyinka, C Doherty

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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.
    LanguageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCOBRA 2008
    EditorsStephen Brown
    Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
    Pages4-17
    Number of pages14
    Volume1
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2008
    EventRICS COBRA Research Conference - Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    Duration: 5 Sep 2008 → …
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    Quantity surveying
    Northern Ireland
    Software
    Evaluation
    Factors
    Module
    Common knowledge
    Ranking
    Costs
    Quantification
    Questionnaire survey
    Literacy
    Computerization
    Contractors
    Small firms

    Keywords

    • attractive factors
    • mean ranking
    • negative factors
    • quantity surveying
    • software

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    Odeyinka, H., & Doherty, C. (2008). An Evaluation of Quantity Surveying Software Usage in Northern Ireland. In S. Brown (Ed.), COBRA 2008 (Vol. 1, pp. 4-17). London, United Kingdom.
    Odeyinka, Henry ; Doherty, C. / An Evaluation of Quantity Surveying Software Usage in Northern Ireland. COBRA 2008. editor / Stephen Brown. Vol. 1 London, United Kingdom, 2008. pp. 4-17
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