Dudley Advance II – The Fruit of Change

Blog Author: Kevin Thomas – IPInitiatives We all know it is possible to deliver great projects using traditional construction methods. Yet we also recognise that many struggle to use these methods to their best effect. Through time our industry has suffered from fragmentation, misaligned objectives, separation, and an inconsistency of satisfactory outcome for all parties; challenges that mean fresh approaches need to be explored and existing processes need rethinking to achieve progress. The desired outcome, of course, is to create an integrated team so well…

What Can One Learn from Carillion?

Blog Author: Peter Hibberd The collapse of Carillion was a shock and affects many within the industry, not least sub-contractors and suppliers. It was a shock because, despite the warnings of some commentators, large companies supposedly should not go into compulsory liquidation. It is in that belief that a sub-contractor is generally happier to work for large companies. Carillion’s collapse shows that belief, if not entirely misplaced, to be one that cannot be taken for granted. Just because a company is large it is not…

Using Weather and Climate Data to Manage Risk

Introduction JCT has teamed up with the Met Office to offer two new locationbased products: Monthly Planning Averages and Monthly Downtime Summaries. The reports are designed specifically for project planning and management, helping you to minimise the impact of weather on your project and complement the weather clauses found in JCT contracts. Ric Robins, Business Group Head of Meteorology and Science at the Met Office states “we have collaborated with the construction industry and JCT to develop two new weather summary reports, location-based monthly planning…

Is Offsite Construction the Answer?

Blog Author: Richard Saxon CBE, JCT Chairman The construction industry is heading for the buffers. Capacity is draining out as skilled tradesmen retire and few enter as apprentices. The go-to supply of EU migrant tradesmen is likely to be restricted soon and is already less interested as the pound falls. Construction quality is declining in the housebuilding world. Mark Farmer’s message: Modernise or Die, is clear that a major move to offsite construction is needed to keep the industry from decline. The core problem is…