Thorpe, D. S. (2009) Adoption of advanced materials by SME constructors. In: ACMSM 20: Futures in Mechanics of Structures and Materials , 2-5 Dec 2008, Toowoomba, Australia.
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While advanced engineering materials like engineered fibre composites promise considerable advantages in areas like efficiency, safety and sustainability in structural design and construction, they are not always quickly adopted by the small and medium (SME) building and construction sector. Using as a foundation prior research into innovation in small building construction firms, the author discusses these barriers and enablers. Matters addressed include a discussion of the materials related innovations adopted or developed by the small builders interviewed for this research, their use of advanced materials and processes, and the process they used in adopting or developing innovations. The paper concludes with a discussion of improvement in the process of adoption of advanced materials and other innovations by the SME building and construction sector
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||composite materials; domestic builders; innovation; dissemination of information|
|Fields of Research (FOR2008):||09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials|
12 Built Environment and Design > 1202 Building > 120202 Building Science and Techniques
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
|Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008):||B Ecomonic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870399 Construction Materials Performance and Processes not elsewhere classified|
|Deposited On:||24 May 2010 15:05|
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