An Evaluation of Quantity Surveying Software Usage in Northern Ireland

Henry Odeyinka, C Doherty

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCOBRA 2008
    EditorsStephen Brown
    Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
    PublisherRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)978-1-84219-434-8
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 5 Sept 2008
    EventRICS COBRA Research Conference - Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    Duration: 5 Sept 2008 → …


    ConferenceRICS COBRA Research Conference
    Period5/09/08 → …
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    • attractive factors
    • mean ranking
    • negative factors
    • quantity surveying
    • software


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