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id ascaad2012_015
authors Saighi, Ouafa and Mohamed Salah Zerouala
year 2012
title Information Technology Utilization in Architectural Engineering: A Field Investigation at the Department of Architecture and Construction, Constantine (Algeria)
source CAAD | INNOVATION | PRACTICE [6th International Conference Proceedings of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design (ASCAAD 2012 / ISBN 978-99958-2-063-3], Manama (Kingdom of Bahrain), 21-23 February 2012, pp. 155-156; 273-284
summary This paper is derived from an under developed research work, that is a PhD thesis which studies the influence of Information Technology (IT) on architectural practice in Algeria. It examines the use of IT by students of the Department of Architecture and Construction in Constantine in their design studio’s projects. The target of the study is to inspect the depth of utilization of IT, identify the advantages and shortcomings of use, and propose some solutions. A field survey was undertaken on a sample of students at the Department of Architecture and Construction. The survey has the following objectives: • to find out the students’ motivation behind the adoption and use of IT in their projects; • to identify the negative and positive aspects of use; • to identify the barriers that would hinder better use; and • to determine the impact of the IT tools on the design process and projects. // For a more comprehensive comprehension of the study case; a pilot field survey was conducted during two consecutive years. This enables the researchers to make comparisons between the survey’s results of the same year, and to study the trends of use by making comparisons between the results of these two years. SPSS was used to analyze the results. The analysis of results shows that the IT helps largely to improve the quality of presentations of the documents, images and graphics but this was an attempt from students to satisfy and influence the "others". In some cases, this has negatively affected the quality of design projects. It was used by students with poor design skills to cover up some weak aspects and faults in their design projects. On the other hand, some tutors opposed the exaggerated use of IT and the complete dependence on the computer during the design stage. They prefer the "traditional way" of design development. There is an ongoing conflict and arguments between students and tutors regarding this matter. However, It was noticed that the IT has effectively contribute in improving the competition level between students thus the quality of their design projects.
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