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Construction industry goes back to basics


CIVIL ENGINEERS are lagging behind in the race to achieve the paperless office, the Construction Industry Computing Association annual conference heard this week. Surveys carried out by construction and IT market research firm Lychgate show that companies have already made the investment in hardware and that construction specific and general software is widely used.

Two thirds of loading and calculation data is distributed by paper, and the figure rises to three quarters for administration data, 79% for health and safety information and 80% for main contract tender documents.

The full report is due out at the end of the year.

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