A Difference Of Opinion Between Industry And Acedemia

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SOFT SKILLS IN CONSTRUCTION: A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION BETWEEN INDUSTRY AND ACEDEMIA
INTRODUCTION
Every function of the construction industry is being influenced by technological advancement and more activities in a construction project are now aided by a software. Emerging technologies like Building Information Modelling (BIM), Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing and others have enabled the industry to not only improve tremendously in terms of productivity, but also in terms of quality through better coordination among multiple project participants, Training, Visualization and clash detection (Ahmad et al. 1995). Moreover, it is the adoption of these technologies and the relative skills of contractors in these that prove to be the key differentiators amongst them. (Kamara et al. 2002).
The construction industry was responsible for 3.6 percent of the US GDP in 2013 and it employed 8.1% of the US population (US Bureau of Economic Analysis 2013). This shows that the construction industry contributes significantly to jobs in the US. The construction industry has faced many challenges in the recent past owing to changing regulations, increased competitiveness, globalization and technological advancement.
Currently a large number of professionals in the construction industry are making the switch from Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) to BIM. By 2014, the adoption of BIM is expected to reach the following levels: over 40% of Engineers, over 70% of Architects…
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