2020 JB Knowledge Construction Technology Report

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First:

 

review the 2020 JB Knowledge Construction Technology Report (attached) and please write a 2-paragraph (minimum) original post (cite sources) based on this required reading and complete the following:

  • Go to the Table of Contents (page 2) and select either IT Strategy & Budget, Data Security, Mobile Devices & Apps, Work flow Strategy, Software, or BIM as a topic of discussion (even if you don’t know what certain terminology is, that’s OK).
  • Present what this section is about/discusses (1-paragraph). Include one (1) key takeaway as part of your discussion and why this stood out to you (1-paragraph).
  • End your post with a questionor statement that would assist your colleagues with providing a response post to your original post.

* Provide support/justification for any opinions made and argue your position

 

Second:

Please complete the following:

 

  1. Critically analyze the posts below
  2. Provide a one-paragraph response to the two posts below
  3. Provide responses that either expands on, constructively criticizes, and/or respectfully refutes your colleagues’ original thoughts

 

 

Respond to the following post:

 

  • This chapter focused on benefits to IT for a company’s budget, giving knowledge about IT in a company and trying to display overall feeling and impact IT has on employees. The chapter first started talking about how IT can positively affect the budget. Indirect billing for IT services can help to pay IT expenses, effectively mitigating added costs an IT department may request. This means IT can have a self sustaining relationship for companies. The chapter also discussed staff growth in IT, bringing up the question if the pandemic led to a stagnation in IT department growth for companies or if a lot of companies have found their ideal number. It is difficult to say with only a year, but perhaps by 2025 we will have a better understanding of how many IT support should be present to maximise productivity. The article then goes on about employee relationship with IT, it is majority positive, with some good points contrasting to IT not giving enough support. This brings up a good point as to whether those with positive reviews were more inclined to give opinion and those with negative did not want to respond. This also could mean that IT is overall well received, but since some companies do not provide enough support to IT, they have a harder time being helpful. The chapter allso covered how less companies now have zero protection against cyber attacks, a positive sign.

One take away for me is that we have gone in the right direction recently with companies providing support to IT. From the graphs present in the chapter, we see that more companies have signed up for some form of protection against cyber attacks. We also see that positive reception to IT has grown in different facets, whether an employee feels IT is receptive, helpful, if they have become more influential in the company. I think receiving informtion like this demenstrates that IT has moved forward positively, providing more insight to an increasingly digital world. Also being able to make workers feel apart of the new world. I think for the future this is a similar route that should be taken.

One question would be, Is this kind of data the most acccurate way to see a positive impact from increased IT, or should we use something like tracking annual calls to IT and how fast issues are resolved?

 

 

  • The section that I choose was the one about building information modeling or BIM for short. In this section it talks about how BIM is not gaining much traction even though it is important for companies to adopt BIM to save money and making the pre-construction phase easier. According to this report it shows all different kinds of uses for BIM with coordination/clash detection being the most common use. With all of these uses why are companies slow to adapt to using a BIM? This report doesn’t go into much detail but there are other factors to think about on why BIM is being adopted at a slow rate. For instance, the cost of using a BIM could be a prime reason for slow adoption. Since the construction industry is slow to adopt new technologies another reason why it is not being used is that it is hard to find people who are experts in BIM.

 

The reason I chose this section is that I am interested to know more about BIM and how it can make planning projects more effective and save companies money. The thing that stood most about this section is that 29% of companies that they surveyed said that they don’t bid on projects that include BIM which is surprising to me that they are losing projects/work for their company because they do not want to take on the challenge of BIM. Another thing I found interesting is that of the companies that use BIM are relatively satisfied with how their company’s BIM so its puzzling to think why so many people are against it even though they are confident in how their company uses BIM.

 

Do you think in the next 5-10 years that a BIM will be required on all projects? Why?

 

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