Impact of International Competitiveness on Construction Technology

by C. B. Tatum, (editor), (F.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Construction Engrg. and Mgmt. Program, Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA 94505-4020,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-656-0 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-656-3 (ISBN-10), 1988, Soft Cover, Pg. 59

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Conference information: A Session | Nashville, Tennessee, United States | 9-May-88

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings

Abstract: Both international and domestic construction markets are changing and forcing changes in construction technology. These proceedings contain six papers from an ASCE technical session on the impact of international competition on struction technology. The topics include: contrasting approaches to technology by contractors in different countries, descriptions of specific advanced technologies, and analyses of competitiveness and using technology to gain competitive advantage. One paper provides a perspective on contrasting approaches and emphasizes the engineering aspects of construction in designing new processes. Processes for developing new construction technology in Scandinavian countries are described. The opportunities and differences of using advanced construction technology to gain work in China and Japan are presented and compared. The development and application of new technologies for construction equipment automation are presented and several dimensions of competitiveness and opportunities in technology are identified. Several strategies are presented that contractors can use to develop advanced technology and use it to gain competitive advantage.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Contractors and subcontractors | Construction equipment | Automatic identification systems | Imaging techniques | Industries | Asia | Japan | China


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