2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal) Conference
Dr. Namhun Lee
Dr. Kishor Shrestha, Montana Technological University
Mr. Santosh Bhandari
The advancement of Communications Technology (CT) has benefitted many industries. Since the construction industry has used CT to increase efficiency and performance, this paper focuses on determining the level of usage, proficiency, and perception towards incorporating CT in the construction industry in Missouri and Kansas states. A survey was conducted among 36 construction-related firms. This study found a positive acceleration in the use of CT in the construction industry. Results show that communications were less preferred via social media or text to exchange information related to their business. Nonetheless, the respondents believe that social media could be used for public relation and advertisement. The results show that industry professionals want university students to enroll more than three credit hours of construction-related courses such as estimating and designing. This study also investigated how industry professionals see their new hires in their companies in terms of fresh graduates’ CT skills. The results found out that about fifty percent responded they were semi-skilled. Based on these findings, the authors of this paper recommend that students need to learn more CT skills and enroll more CT-related courses. The study recommends students considering classes that enable them to collaborate more and interact.