The challenge of designing a computer network system: A snapshot of UK construction SMEs.

Wong, Andy and Sloan, Brian (2003) The challenge of designing a computer network system: A snapshot of UK construction SMEs. International Journal of Strategic Property Management, 7 (3). pp. 107-118. ISSN 1648-715X

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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been widely used in the UK construction industry for the last two decades. A prolific development in ICT with a wide range of IT applications is already witnessed by a divergent range of construction firms. However, the poor initial uptake of integrated ICT facilities remains a problem among Small to Medium Sized construction firms (SMEs). The issues of stand alone and ad-hoc IT systems and electronic communication systems continue to predominant ICT uptake within UK construction SMEs. This paper takes a fundamental view on the challenge of designing and implementing networking systems for construction SMEs in the current position. Such challenges include the network technology and its implementation for sustaining a highly reliable and integrated network. This requires a rigorous framework to design and implement extensible and cost efficient network systems for complicated construction processes even in SMEs. The paper also discusses fundamental computer network technology issues and its required performance to design construction SMEs networking systems.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1648-715X
Electronic ISSN: 1648-9179
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information technology; Computer networks; Information and communications technology; Network design; Extensibility; Construction industry;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 690 Building & construction > 692 Auxiliary construction practices
000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 005 Computer programming, programs & data
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations > 658 General management
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
T Technology > TH Building construction
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Item ID: 1992
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2008 16:24
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2013 14:48

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