Collaborative environments in small and medium-sized enterprises in architecture, engineering and construction

Aisha Abuelmaatti, Vian Ahmed, H S Baban

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Abstract

The general picture of Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) is of
a sector that is a pyramid with control being in the hands of large players with a large base of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). It ensues naturally that SMEs are key players in supporting the large companies. This suggests that, the AEC sector has a continuous demand for collaboration. Collaborative working has been implemented in numerous companies. These efforts have resulted in the wide recognition of the opportunity that emerging technologies offer the AEC sector. It is, however, commonly observed that SMEs are likely to magnify the sector trend and to be less technically forward thinking than large companies. The main focus of this paper is, therefore, to explore the use of IT within AEC, and the barriers and different implementation factors that can influence SMEs to develop, in response to business pressures using the opportunities provided by collaborative technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-193
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Information Technology in Construction
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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