Assessment of Computer Software Usage for Estimating and Tender Analysis by Nigerian Quantity Surveyors
It has been discovered that there are limitations to the use of computer software packages in construction operations especially estimating and tender analysis. The objectives of this research is to evaluate the level of computer software usage for estimating and tender analysis while also assessing the challenges faced by Nigerian Quantity Surveyors in using computer software for estimating and tender analysis. The survey design methodology was adopted for this research. Data were obtained through the use of questionnaires and oral interview of practicing Quantity Surveyors. Frequency tables showing highest frequency (mode), and cross tabulation were used for the analysis of data collected. It was observed that very high percentage (about 80%) of Nigerian Quantity Surveyors are aware of computer software used for estimating and tender analysis. About 27% uses always while 25% of the Quantity Surveyors use very frequently, 27% uses sometimes and 18% never use. The result of the research also revealed that lack of technical know-how of computer software is the main challenge faced by quantity surveyors in the use of computer software for estimating and tender analysis. It is hereby recommended that computer application for the use of estimating and tender analysis should be inculcated into the professional curriculum so that the technical know-how of Quantity Surveyors in the use of software for estimating and tender analysis will improve.
Key-Words: Computer estimation, Software usage, Tender analysis and Quantity Surveyors