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ACP construction carries out an annual survey of buyer?s purchasing
intentions in the construction industry. Part of the survey looks at
the amount of time spent conducting business on the internet.
In 2004, greater proficiency with computers was reported than the previous year.
The frequency of using the internet:
At least once a day ? 51.6 %
Two to three times a week ? 20.6%
Infrequent use ? 23.2%
Never ? 4.6%
Activities conducted online:
Research new equipment ? 68.9%
Research insurance ? 16.8%
Research used equipment ? 50.4%
Research financing ? 15.1%
Research rental ? 26.5%
Research industry news ? 43.9%
Research parts ? 35.3%
Research new suppliers ? 39.9%
Research service ? 16.5%
Email ? 75.5%
Visit dealer websites ? 55.6%
Visit manufacturer websites ? 63%
Visit association websites ? 35.6%
Visit magazine websites ? 33%
Check equipment prices ? 42.7%
Check weather ? 67.8%
Make travel arrangements ? 51.6%
Nothing ? 22.2%
New equipment ? 16%
Used equipment ? 17.7%
Parts ? 39%
Supplies ? 45.6%
Travel ? 39.6%
Books ? 29.6%
Other ? 20.2%
Source: ACP Construction Publications by Anne Gelaude and Greg Sitek.
December 15, 2004.
The Construction Financial Management Association publishes the
Information Technology Survey for the Construction Industry. The data
is compiled and analysed by Moss Adams LLP. Internet communications is
covered in the survey. The survey costs $125 for members and $250 for
non-members. Source: CFMA.
An executive summary of the results can be found on ENR.com.
Less than half of the respondents employ dedicated IT staff, 47% in
2004 compared to 33% in 2000 and 38% in 2002. Contractors with annual
revenues of under $5 million spend 2.1% of revenue on IT. 95% of users
have DSL-speed or faster and 4% continue to use dial-up. Nearly four
out of five firms reported having a corporate website (81%), compared
to half of all firms in 2002. Ten percent of firms use extranets. 59%
have access to real-time job cost data.
CIT Equipment Finance publishes the CIT Construction Industry Forecast.
Contractors top business uses for the internet:
Learn about product information 87%
Communicate with customers and vendors 64%
Locate hard to find items 85%
Research & locate suppliers 81%
Sell equipment 10%
Buy parts 42%
Buy equipment 30%
Sell parts 4%
Rent equipment to customers 4%
Lease equipment 5%
Email & communicate with office members 2%
Prospect for new business & customers 2%
General information (stocks, bids, weather) 3%
Financial matters 2%
For distributors, 29% say the internet offers the greatest potential
for marketing strategies in 2005. 51% of contractors said the internet
is a valuable source of information. 27% of construction companies had
a website up and running, a 50% increase on last year. 19% of
contractors without a website plan to be online by the end of 2005.
Distributors predict that, on average, 11.7% of equipment sales will
be made on the internet, up slightly from last year. 62% of
contractors post information about projects on the company website,
compared to 58% last year.
There is also a table showing what information is shown on company websites.
26% of construction workers use a computer at work. 21% of managers
and professionals used the internet. Source: Computer and Internet Use
at Work in 2003. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Professional Builder?s Internet Usage Study 2002.
This report includes information about time spent on the internet.
The "Industry" Effect: IT Trends and Expenditures in the U.S.
Construction Industry. In-Stat.
This report provides a deep dive look at the construction industry and
the trends and expenditures in information technology. IT spending &
forecasts are included from 2002 to 2008, along with detailed analysis
of the most critical business problems, important areas of investment,
expenditures by IT category, and information on purchasing channels.
Categories include computer hardware, applications, network hardware,
telecom services & equipt., IT personnel, and outsourcing/hosted
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