Construction currently contributes £92 billion a year to the UK economic output, with almost three million people working in the sector. It is an industry facing constant changes in situation, regulation and technology advances. Change is hard – and as an industry we need to embrace it and handle it well.
People often work as part of project groups or consortia, with different collaboration standards and tools in each. Yet familiar commercial and contractual structures may not encourage team working or collaboration. Perceptions prevail that collaboration is likely to be more costly, time consuming and resource hungry, if not properly executed.
A need for better training and management in the construction industry is constantly being highlighted. Yet it has been noted that there is currently a lack of adequate training in the potential benefits of collaborative working techniques and the ingredients required. This is particularly notable when organisations adopt BIM or BREEAM, which change the way people work. Very few professional bodies or academic institutions seem truly prepared to advocate and promote new approaches.