Date of Award

Fall 2012

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Technology Management-Construction Management

First Advisor

Atalah

Second Advisor

Unsell

Abstract

Successful implementation of wireless technology in the construction industry has the potential to streamline the building process and improve the service that is delivered to the owners of projects. A need exists for improving access and transfer of digital communication and documentation, regardless of the time or location. Recent developing trends in technology promise to introduce efficiencies that were not previously available within the industry. This study seeks to identify the current state of wireless information technology among employers of Bowling Green State University Construction Management students. The research design analyzed quantitative data from a web-based survey that presented results on views of the current usage and interest in wireless technology as well as an assessment of respondents’ opinions towards wireless technology. 72.1% of respondents had high interest towards using tablet PC’s, smartphones and wireless hotspots. However, email and drawings remain the only information that is accessed by the majority of respondents. While interest levels in wireless technology are high, the results of the research study reveal several areas that need improvement before significant progress is made. Several concerns were outlined that may be preventing adoption including slow download speeds and durability of devices. Respondents who are spending more time per week on their wireless device are able to realize improvements on productivity and customer service skills.

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