Challenges of digital collaboration in the South African construction industry

Ayodeji Emmanuel Oke, Douglas Omoregie Aghimien, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa, Nteboheng Koloko

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Abstract

Digital collaboration which involves the interaction between the construction world and the digital world in recent times, has gained increasing interest within the South African Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry. This is because the construction business is at the edge of a digital revolution and countless technologies are promising inventive answers to age-old issues of conveying project on-time, within budget, and to customers' determinations. Despite these enticing benefits of digitalization, the problem of full implementation is still evident within the industry. This study reports the challenges of digital collaboration and the possible strategies for enhancing the use of digital tools in the country. The study adopted a survey design and data were gathered through the use of questionnaire administered on construction professionals in Gauteng province. Data gathered were analyzed using appropriate descriptive statistics. Result reveals that the major challenges of digital collaboration are lack of training, expensiveness of digital technologies, poor adoptability of standards, and challenge of interoperability. To remedy these problems, there is need for; the creation of avenues for proper education and training on digital collaboration, management encouraging digital collaboration usage in workplaces, and ensuring easy access to loans from financial institutions for companies to implement digital collaboration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2018
PublisherIEOM Society
Pages2472-2482
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781532359446
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event8th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2018 - Bandung, Indonesia
Duration: 6 Mar 20188 Mar 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Volume2018-March
ISSN (Electronic)2169-8767

Conference

Conference8th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2018
Country/TerritoryIndonesia
CityBandung
Period6/03/188/03/18

Keywords

  • Digital collaboration
  • Digital technologies
  • Digital tools
  • ICT
  • South African AEC industry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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