A preliminary investigation on use of construction apps in New Zealand

Tong Liu*, Jasper Mbachu, Anuradha Mathrani

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Abstract

The construction sector is a key driver of economic growth in New Zealand; however its productivity is low. Prior research has suggested that ICT (information and communication technologies) can help enhance efficiency and productivity. Currently there are a large number of smartphone apps developed for the construction industry. In this study we have conducted a preliminary investigation on the use of construction related apps and to obtain a general view on uptake of smartphone apps in the small and medium enterprise construction sector within New Zealand. Empirical data has been obtained through interviews conducted with 14 members of the New Zealand's registered master builders. Data analysis reveals that majority construction workers use smartphones (iPhone and Android) and generally have a positive attitude towards adoption of smartphone apps. However, more needs to be done to improve the visibility of apps to construction personnel. Suggestions to help the uptake of mobile apps in the New Zealand construction industry comprise conducting trainings, workshops, promotions, changing from top-down approach and providing some scenarios or examples to indicate that productivity can be improved with apps. This study provides a snapshot view of the pervasiveness of smartphone apps in the construction sector and leads to insights for conducting further research on a larger scale regarding use of construction apps.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 International Conference on Data Management, Analytics and Innovation, ICDMAI 2017
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages264-268
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509040834
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Conference on Data Management, Analytics and Innovation, ICDMAI 2017 - Pune, India
Duration: 24 Feb 201726 Feb 2017

Publication series

Name2017 International Conference on Data Management, Analytics and Innovation, ICDMAI 2017

Conference

Conference1st International Conference on Data Management, Analytics and Innovation, ICDMAI 2017
Country/TerritoryIndia
CityPune
Period24/02/1726/02/17

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