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Title: LEVERAGING ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) TO REDUCE DEPENDENCY ON FOREIGN WORKERS IN A CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY
Authors: CHAN LAY PENG
Keywords: Building
Project and Facilities Management
PFM
Goh Bee Hua
2013/2014 PFM
Issue Date: 7-Jul-2014
Citation: CHAN LAY PENG (2014-07-07). LEVERAGING ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) TO REDUCE DEPENDENCY ON FOREIGN WORKERS IN A CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The use of information technology (IT) should integrate all phases of construction projects including the construction phase that will result in an integrated and intelligent management of projects. However, the current research on the application of IT in construction phase is largely only extended to construction site offices, forming a gap at the functional level. Moreover, the construction industry is facing an increasingly tightening of foreign worker policy while the government is strongly promoting productivity improvement. Thus the research aims to explore the application of IT in construction equipment so as to propose a viable solution that can be fused into the structural concrete works which is the most labour-intensive construction activity. This would seem worthwhile to study the extent of current research and development in the applications of IT to help in reducing dependency on foreign workers. Therefore, the research hypotheses are IT-equipped construction equipment helps to reduce the total manhours in structural concrete works, and these IT-equipped construction equipment will also help to improve productivity in structural concrete works. To carry out the research, a preliminary interview was first conducted, and then past literature was reviewed on the applications of IT on construction equipment for concrete works. Data collected from survey questionnaire was analysed and an in-depth interview was conducted to understand the views of the industry professions. It is found that only some of the IT-equipped construction equipment helps to reduce the total manhours and improve the productivity in structural concrete works. This could be attributed to the cost of investment and adaptability of the technology having very strong influence on the adoption of IT. Hence, there is still potential for IT to be leveraged to improve productivity in construction work site. Careful planning and gradual implementation of IT can ensure that the benefits of IT could be reaped in the long run. Wireless sensor network (WSN) is proposed to be put on trial in construction sites to determine the benefits. A collaborative effort is also proposed to be put in place that will introduce the use of IT in construction sites. One of the limiting areas of the research is that the past research on the application of IT to construction sites is vastly focused on safety and monitoring and hence it may not be well suited to cope with reducing dependency on foreign workers to enable a review of the literature for learning and comparison of knowledge. Also, the respondents to the survey questionnaire are largely relatively inexpert to the construction industry, with not more than 15 years of experiences, and hence, the responses may not be a true representation of the population.
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