The Influence of Architectural Technologists on Construction Ergonomics

John Smallwood


Designers influence construction ergonomics
directly and indirectly. The direct influence is because of design,
details and method of fixing, and depending upon the type of
procurement system, supervisory and administrative
interventions. The indirect influence is because of the type of
procurement system used, pre-qualification, project duration,
partnering and the facilitating of pre-planning. The purpose of
the paper is to determine architectural technologists’ perceptions
and practices relative to construction ergonomics.
A survey of the related literature was undertaken and an
empirical study was conducted among members of the South
African Institute of Architectural Technologists (SAIAT) using a
self-administered questionnaire.
The following constitute the salient findings. Cost, quality,
and time are more important to architectural technologists than
construction ergonomics and project health and safety (H&S).
Ergonomics during the use phase is more important to
architectural practices than the other phases. A range of design
related aspects impact on construction ergonomics. To a degree,
construction ergonomics is considered / referred to on most
design, procurement and construction occasions by architectural
technologists. Experience predominates in terms of how
ergonomics knowledge was acquired. A range of aspects have the
potential to contribute to an improvement in knowledge and the
application of construction ergonomics.
The paper concludes that architectural designers contribute
to construction ergonomics, but there is potential for and a clear
need for enhanced contributions.
Recommendations include the inclusion of construction
ergonomics in tertiary architectural technologist education,
related continuing professional development (CPD) and practice
notes, and ergonomics regulations.


architectural technologists, construction, ergonomics

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