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Conference Paper

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This item is available under a Creative Commons License for non-commercial use only

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Construction engineering

Publication Details

Combining Forces – Advanced Facilities Management & Construction Through Innovation Conference,

Helsinki

Hore, A.V. and West, R.P., (2005c), ‘Realising electronic purchasing in the Irish Construction Industry’, Combining Forces – Advanced Facilities Management & Construction Through Innovation Conference, Helsinki, June 2005, 154 - 166

Abstract

The use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in construction purchasing has been sporadic and piecemeal. Very significant inefficiencies and problems still exist in both paper transactions and non-integrated electronic solutions. At the simplest level, the electronic transmission of business documents offers savings in paper and postage. By going a step further, businesses can make strides in communicating with their partners, at relatively low cost, through direct links between their computers. Existing ICT such as the Internet, Bar-Coding, Radio Frequency Tagging, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Electronic catalogs and Enterprise Resource Planning Software (ERP) have facilitated electronic commerce (EC) functionality within many business sectors. However, the adoption of such technologies in the Irish construction industry has been very slow with only limited evidence of their application. The results of a Proof of Delivery (POD) pilot project carried out by the Construction Information Technology Alliance (CITA) in 2004 indicates that significant cost savings can be achieved by trading partners by the adoption of existing technologies

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