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Abduh, M and Skibniewski, M J (2004) Electronic networking technologies in construction. Journal of Construction Research, 5(01), 17–42.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Project communication; Electronic Networking Technologies; information retrieval; Internet; utility assessment
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1609-9451
  • URL: http://www.worldscinet.com/jcr/05/0501/S1609945104000036.html
  • Abstract:
    Electronic Networking Technologies (ENT) have already made inroads into the construction industry as communication and information retrieval tools. Even though considered as the laggard in adopting ENT services in construction project activities, many construction companies have entered the ENT age. This paper presents the state-of-the-art of services provided by ENT and the adoption of ENT by the construction industry. The variety of options available to construction companies entering the ENT era, research in academia on exploring the use of ENT for construction activities, and related commercial products are also discussed. However, to implement ENT services in construction project activities successfully, ENT services should be acceptable in the construction environment and the utility assessment of such services is needed. An assessment model to measure the utility of ENT services in construction project activities is then presented. The assessment will determine whether ENT services in construction industry can perform as intended and provide an optimal configuration of ENT services for supporting construction project activities.