Study of Barriers in Implementing ICT in Indian Construction Industry

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International Journal of Research and Scientific Innovation (IJRSI) | Volume VI, Issue XI, November 2019 | ISSN 2321–2705

 Study of Barriers in Implementing ICT in Indian Construction Industry

Monali Bartake, Dr. Y.S. Patil, R.M. Swamy

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Department of Civil Engineering, Shivajirao S. Jondhale College of Engineering & Technology, Maharashtra, India

Abstract: Information Communication Technology (ICT) has influenced present construction industry in the way of familiarising and implementing newly developed ICT tools with the latest technology. If we see the current scenario of India, it is observed that, there is reasonable level of awareness about the potential benefits of ICT in the construction industry. However, present ICT implementation in most firms is still quite slow, ingenuous and the advanced ICT applications are lacking in most of these firms. This paper aims to study the factors that affect ICT implementation through three different perspectives, viz., Participant, Organisation and Industry. This paper discusses the elements of the barriers in ICT by studying literature review in respect to Indian construction industry. A questionnaire survey was conducted online and through this quantitative data analysis of different barriers affecting the implementation of ICT were studied. The result of this analysis includes identification of the main issues that require to be addressed at the three levels of perspectives.

Keywords: ICT, Construction Industry, Construction Project, Information Technology, India, ICT barriers, ICT utilization, Automation


The present Indian real estate market, as per industry estimate is around USD 78.5 Billion in 2013 and predicted to grow further. Traditional construction management approaches have been criticised for not improving construction productivity. Most of the construction projects involve different phases from conception till completion. Each phase demands effective communication, latest knowledge and effective co-ordination. Due to the varied nature of this industry, variation of expertise, professional skills, specialities, education backgrounds, working environment and computer literacy becomes a challenge in implementing information management and communication of the project team. The field of construction involves three major factors driving the project process namely, collaboration, communication and information. In addition to construction, architecture also seems to have many benefits from the use of IT (LiH, 1996). Looking at the rapid progress of IT in the industry, investment in IT is likely to increase in the near future.