Investigating the awareness of onsite mechanization in malaysian construction industry

Waris, M. and Liew, Mohd.S. and Khamidi, Mohd.F. and Idrus, A. (2014) Investigating the awareness of onsite mechanization in malaysian construction industry. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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The Malaysian construction industry is vital for the country economy and always played a key role towards the development of national infrastructure. The ever-increasing market competitiveness and the widespread adoption of Industrialized Building System (IBS) by the local contractors derive the industry to improve the existing processes for achieving higher levels of quality and products. This transition from traditional methods of construction give a momentum to the deployment of onsite mechanized equipments. The utilization of mechanized equipments increases construction productivity and as well as reduces the dependency on foreign labour. However, a large amount of construction company's capital is also invested in procuring these equipments. In addition to this, varieties of construction equipments are also required for carrying out these operations. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to investigate the current awareness and application of onsite mechanization in Malaysian construction industry. A questionnaire survey was conducted among a classified group of Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia (CIDB) G7 Class 'A' contractors. The results of the survey show that there is a good understanding of Malaysian contractors towards mechanization. It is also revealed that the adoption of IBS have a direct correlation with the usage of onsite machineries and equipments. Results further indicate that excavation, earthworks, pilling works and structural works have high utilization of mechanized construction equipments. The study will help to find out the existing level of mechanization practices in Malaysian construction industry. © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Competition; Construction industry; Contractors; Developing countries; Equipment; Excavation; Machinery; Mechanization; Surveys, Construction companies; Construction industry development boards; Construction productivity; Industrialized building systems (IBS); Malaysian construction industry; Methods of constructions; National infrastructure; Questionnaire surveys, Construction equipment
Depositing User: Ms Sharifah Fahimah Saiyed Yeop
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2022 03:37
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2022 03:37

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