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Arif, A A and Karam, A H (2005) Architectural practices and IT: local vs international. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 3(02), 155–63.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Architectural firms; Architectural practices; Information; technologies; South Africa; Western Cape
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1726-0531
  • URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/17260530510815385
  • Abstract:
    This paper reports on the use of Information Technologies (IT) in the South African building industry. It offers an insight into the architecture profession, a profession that plays a major role in the construction sector. The analysis is based on the results of a survey conducted in the Western Cape Province during the year 2000. In an attempt to uncover the similarities and differences between the local context and the international one, this paper outlines a few elements of IT for comparison. After a brief introduction to the IT map of South Africa, the analysis concentrates on the following four issues: Response and Respondents, General IT usage, Use of Computer-Aided- Design (CAD) and Use of Networks. Each of these issues is framed in both the local and the international contexts. Despite the shortcomings of using different questions with different emphasis when referring to other surveys, it is still believed that reporting on local practices is not extremely meaningful in isolation. It is hoped that this type of analysis will serve to unravel the particulars of the construction industry in South Africa providing its counterparts with a new perspective. Record 36.