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Procurement by internet set to take off

ONE IN four civil engineers expects to be using the internet for procurement by the end of next year, a survey by NCE and software house Infrasoft reveals.

The findings are in line with predictions by investment bank UBS Warburg that between 20 and 50 per cent of the construction industry's work will be done via the internet within five years (NCE 24/31 August).

Some 57 per cent of engineers have access to the web in their office.

Over 60 per cent of consultants and contractors are keen to take part in online tendering. But only 13 per cent have used a project designated website to share information with the client and other members of the design and construction team.

Fears about internet security and difficulty in using information technology are the biggest barriers to use of the web.

Intriguingly, 44% of respondents did not think CAD software enhanced their productivity.

It may be that they had all forgotten or had never known what it was like to physically draw and redraw designs.

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