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dc.contributor.authorNjoroge, Laban Ndwaru
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-29T06:38:28Z
dc.date.available2017-11-29T06:38:28Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11071/5698
dc.descriptionThesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Mobile Telecommunication and Innovation at (MSc.MTI) at Strathmore Universityen_US
dc.description.abstractOwning a dream home is one of the key achievements every person wishes to meet in their lifetime. However, this desire faces a lot of challenges as the house prices rise steeply locking out the middle income earners in the country. This results in many people preferring to build their own houses at their own pace due to budget constraints rather than buying a complete built house. Generally, there is a housing deficit in the urban areas due to the increase in the population and urbanization growth rates. Due to the housing deficit, a lot of house contractors have emerged and some unprofessional contractors are exploiting the prospective house owners by offering poor services at high prices. There is lack of information on the available credible contractors who are near the location of the client thus unsuspecting clients engage some rogue and incompetent contractors who build substandard houses which leads to consequential failures such as collapse of the building, loss of resource and lives. This study aimed at creating a mobile application which offers location aware services by displaying a pool of experienced and genuine contractors and informal builders on a Google map. The clients are able to locate these service providers closer to their location and the application facilitates the interaction. The application also provides information on the various approved Appropriate Building Materials and Technologies (ABMT) which help the client to make an informed choice during a house construction. The study adopted the evolutionary prototyping methodology to create the mobile application. This allowed the system to be developed in increments that were readily modifiable according to the user feedback. Later, the study engaged in system testing and validation to ensure the application was working according to the set requirements. Among the tests carried out were: Acceptance, Usability, Speed tests, Functional, Load and Integration tests.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherStrathmore Universityen_US
dc.subjectInformal Buildersen_US
dc.subjectLocation Based Servicesen_US
dc.subjectHousing Indexen_US
dc.subjectTechnology and Housingen_US
dc.subjectExpanded Polystyrene Panelsen_US
dc.subjectInformation Sharing--House Constructionen_US
dc.titleMobile based application for sharing building and construction information: a case of Nairobi Countyen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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