chapter  4
34 Pages

IT update

ByDuncan Cartlidge

The first edition of New Aspects of Quantity Surveying Practice was drafted in, what was for the IT and e-commerce sectors, the heady days of the late 1990s/early 2000s. There were exaggerated predictions from practically every quarter, including government departments, on the ways by which e-commerce and e-construction were going to become all-pervading and revolutionise everything from tendering to project management. To paraphrase Harold Wilson’s famous 1960s speech in which he referred to the ‘white heat of technology’, the late 1990s and early part of this new decade were a period when the ‘white heat of information technology’ resulted in the massive expansion of e-commerce portals and associated IT systems. Perhaps the big news since the third edition of this book is the introduction of e-projects and BIM into the UK construction industry, while the uptake of digital procurement remains at disappointingly low levels.