Technology Adoption by California Central Coast Contractors

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English, Nicholas A
Estimating; Software; Technology; San Luis Obispo County; Traditional Methods; Construction Engineering and Management
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Technology is trending in Construction, but it is unclear if smaller contractors have kept up with these trends like larger national companies have. This survey of San Luis Obispo County specialty and general contractors queried technology adoption, specific software use, estimator age, and opinions of various estimating attributes. It found that the majority of contractors use traditional estimating and quantity takeoff methods, the majority of contractors are 31 years old or older, and that local estimators value experience and knowledge as opposed to computer expertise. Local contractors recognize the value technology can provide, but have not adopted it in a majority throughout the surveyed area.