Abstract:Construction knowledge management is a wide area of study filled of a lot of information that has not been properly shared in the process of construction projects in the Construction industry and organizations in Nigeria and Rivers State in particular, which in turn affect the performance and growth of the industry in terms of quality, time and cost. This research work is aimed at investigating the mode of practicing knowledge sharing in the local construction firms in Rivers State Nigeria and Monier Construction Company (MCC) as a case study. The aim is to provide a platform that will enhance the current best practice of knowledge sharing, to face the challenges of meeting the client desire and customer satisfaction.
A total of one hundred (100) questionnaires were distributed to Architect, Quantity Surveying, Engineers, Builders and other experts across Monier Construction Company (MCC). The method of analysis employed is descriptive, because descriptive is a transformation of raw data in a form that make them easy to understand. The software’s used to support this descriptive analysis are, Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 17.0, it was used to analyze the data for mean score, frequencies and percentage test method. Microsoft excel 2007 was also used to plot bar graphs and pie charts to show the findings and averaging index techniques.
The results revealed that Monier Construction Company currently adopts the traditional method of knowledge sharing which is not an efficient and effective approach in sharing knowledge among its employees. The questionnaire revealed that face-to-face interaction, site meeting, internal training, project briefs and monitoring and coaching are confirmed as the main means of sharing knowledge, best practice and experiences of experts and engineers in the construction companies and in Monier Construction Company Rivers State, Nigeria. This suggests that the social interaction between the Project Managers, Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Engineers, experts and other professionals working in the construction companies are very important for effective knowledge sharing practices to foster project planning and scheduling. Hence This research work recommends that head of the construction organizations and industries in charge of projects should encourage engineers and experts to share knowledge and experiences to improve the quality of project delivery, working morale and innovation in the construction organizations.
Keywords:Knowledge Management (KM), Monier Construction Company (MCC), Knowledge Sharing, Organizations, Construction, Rivers State, Nigeria.
Title: KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY OF RIVERS STATE (MONIER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY)
Author: EZIKWAS KEBIN THANKGOD
International Journal of Novel Research in Civil Structural and Earth Sciences
Abstract:The strength and water absorption properties of masonry blocks were investigated. This was done to know how variation in percentage replacement of sand with palm kernel shell affects the overall properties of masonry blocks when the binding agent is polymer. Sand was replaced with Palm Kernel Shell. Control samples were also produced. Mix ratio 1:6 was adopted because the mix was sticky and was not workable when the binder was higher. Masonry blocks were produced; air cured and subjected to compressive and flexural strength tests. The water absorption properties of the masonry blocks were tested. It was observed that sand could only be replaced up to 5% in the production of masonry blocks.