Awareness of big data concept in the Dominican Republic construction industry: an empirical study
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AbstractPurpose –The construction industry, being one of the main activities in the ever-demanding need for technology developments, sometimes falls short of other industries in terms of implementation. The adoption of Big Data (BD) in industries like health and retail has had positive impacts in aspects such as decision-making processes and forecasting trends that allows planning some future business movements. Hence, the question of whether these results can be recreated in the construction industry. Therefore, this paper addresses the level of awareness identified as a first step towards implementation of the BD concept within the construction industry in the Dominican Republic (DR). Design/methodology/approach – Since little to no information exist on the subject, the selected approach to perform this research was qualitative methodology, twenty-one semi-structured interviews were studied using situational awareness. Four levels of awareness were developed based on the Endsley situation awareness model. Findings – The results showed that nearly ninety-five per cent of the interviewees had either no knowledge or very basic awareness of the BD requirements or intermediate awareness but only five per cent had applied BD concepts in the construction industry. Originality/value -This paper provides an exploration of the level of awareness of BD in the DR construction industry and delivers evidence for the need to provide continuous professional development programmes for construction professionals and a need for an update of the curriculum in construction-related education.
CitationReyes Veras, P., Renukappa, S. and Suresh, S. (2021) Awareness of big data concept in the Dominican Republic construction industry: an empirical study. Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-05-2021-0090
JournalConstruction Innovation: Information, Process, Management
DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Emerald in Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management on 24/09/2021, available online at: https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-05-2021-0090 The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version.
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