The use of project management software in construction industry

Amiruddin Ismail, Khalim A. Rashid, Wisam J. Hilo

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Abstract

This research summarizes a study that was performed on the construction industry in Iraq related to the use of Project Management Software (PMS), its applicability and acceptance in the execution of today's constructed projects. The data were collected from project management professionals that yielded 31% response. The major findings concerning software use over time, reasons for use/nonuse PMS, analytical technique usage and software development are described. The results indicate that construction professionals have different characteristics, needs and preferences. The study shows that construction professionals are more experienced and educated, they tend to work on fewer projects with larger numbers of activities and they are more likely to use Primavera Project Plan (P3) than Microsoft Project. Construction respondents revealed in heavy users of critical path analysis for planning and control, resource scheduling for planning and earned value analysis for control. The number of activities in a typical project and the use of software for all active projects were the key determinants of the usage of specific analytical techniques. These factors are also significant determinants of the types of information entered and updated, although the effect is weaker. To maximize the impact on practice, development of new planning and control methods should include their integration into project management software. In Iraq, substantial efforts have been made in order to enhance the efficiency of software usage in construction industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1985-1989
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Sciences
Volume9
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Keywords

  • Computer software
  • Construction management
  • Professional development
  • Surveys

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The use of project management software in construction industry. / Ismail, Amiruddin; Rashid, Khalim A.; Hilo, Wisam J.

In: Journal of Applied Sciences, Vol. 9, No. 10, 2009, p. 1985-1989.

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Ismail, Amiruddin ; Rashid, Khalim A. ; Hilo, Wisam J. / The use of project management software in construction industry. In: Journal of Applied Sciences. 2009 ; Vol. 9, No. 10. pp. 1985-1989.
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