BULLETIN 33 APRIL 2001
This edition of the bulletin features the various threads emerging from CJC, CIC, CIRIA and others aimed at taking forward the current initiatives for moving the placing of contracts in the public and private sector interface from the traditional adversarial style into the more co-operative partnership mould envisaged in the initiates promoted by Latham and Egan.
These are set against the backdrop of the best value/ partnership/externalisation of services which exercises the minds of so many TAG members and which no doubt is responsible in large measure for the apparent lack of action /interest currently exhibited in the activities promoted by TAG technical committees and regions.
Also in the web site edition we reproduce the papers developed since the January meeting of TAG council outlining the form it is proposed TAG will take in the coming years.
Streamlining the committee structure to reflect the need to make our procedures less bureaucratic
Tuning our membership categories and criteria to the changing world of telescoped departments, externalisation of services and partnerships.
The April 20th council meeting will conclude these deliberations.
Make your views known to your regional representatives on Council PDQ.
Access the relevant papers here
The proposed constitution The proposed TAG structure
In all this sea change of style and content, one of the fixed stars by which we need to continue to navigate our business is the Annual President’s Seminar. This should be the high point of the TAG year and successive Presidents are to be congratulated on the efforts they have put into making it a success.
It is a matter of considerable regret however that many of our members have not yet seen the benefits to be gained from a couple of days away from their desks in the company of their peers to review current trends and to exchange views on common challenges.
Jo Field’s “Space Oracy” in Cardiff 9th to 11th May provides the opportunity to remedy this position. Those who have attended previous seminars will need no persuading.
New TAG members, or those who so far have not made the effort should waste no time in registering their intention to attend. We might then see TAG start to demonstrate its potential to be the powerhouse for innovation and representation of technical officers views to the wider local government community which motivated its creation back in 1995.
TAG is represented on the CJC and has an input to the papers it produces and also to the representations made in the forums which debate the style and content of contract documentation
An occasional paper on competitiveness asks
· what IS competitiveness ?
· is competition a good way to test it ?
· who wants to know ?
· is competition the best way to remedy uncompetitiveness ?
This document can be read as an attachment to the website version of the Bulletin together with other details of CJC initiatives
Business Plan for a Software Validation Agency Supported by the Construction Industry
The Validation of Building Engineering Software (VIBES) project, carried out between 1996 and 2000 by a consortium under the management of the Advanced Research Partnership, seeks to address the problem inherent in all checking of structural designs that each exercise is a discrete entity.
It proposes to rationalise this for Local Authority Building control departments, developers and designers by developing a basis for the formal approval of construction software, with particular reference to structural design software. It also envisages a central agency which will operatew nationally to co-ordinate the devellpment and operation of the systems on a rechargeable basis to which all Building regulation authorities would subscribe. Members with responsibilities for these functions should be up to speed with these developments.
Full copy of the document attached to the web site edition.
CIRIA HIGHLIGHTS MID-MARCH 2001
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1. LATEST NEWS
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2. FORTHCOMING EVENTS
CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM
04/04/01 – Environmental supply chain management: reducing business risk – Belfast
This seminar will look at why ESCM is on the increase, the business case and why practices such as supplier evaluation and product risk assessment are becoming more widely used.
19/04/01 – Bats, badgers, and the business of building – London
26/04/01 – Manchester
This seminar will address the drivers for best practice in the protection of wildlife and sensitive habitats & will outline the responsibilities of planners, designers and contractors.
CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIVITY NETWORK
05/04/01 – Managing innovation in construction – London
This workshop will look at the drivers of innovation and at some of the success factors. It will hear about the role of the EFQM and its role in integrating innovative techniques such as partnering, value management and benchmarking.
24/04/01 – KPI’s and benchmarking – the business benefits – Southampton
Companies are now making extensive use of these KPIs. The workshop will hear about them and about the industry’s experience of benchmarking.
03/05/01 – Using time compression in construction to reduce risk – London
This workshop will present the results of the research, which was undertaken by Taylor Woodrow Construction and Cardiff University
09/05/01 – Using time compression in construction to reduce risk – Cardiff
This workshop will present the results of the research, which was undertaken by Taylor Woodrow Construction and Cardiff University.
16/05/01 – The balanced scorecard – the American way – London
Bovis Lend Lease in the US has had a balanced scorecard in place for over four years. Their executive Vice President has been invited to share their experience with BQF and CPN members at this meeting.
.17/05/01 – Using time compression in construction to reduce risk – Edinburgh
The workshop will present the results of the research, which was undertaken by Taylor Woodrow Construction and Cardiff University
17/07/01 to 18/07/01 – The response of buildings to excavation-induced ground movement – a 2 day conference – London
A unique range of buildings were affected by the construction of the Jubilee Line Extension. How the enormous challenges were overcome & the lessons from the responses of the buildings to the construction is one of the subjects of this conference.
3. NEW PUBLICATIONS
C540 Remedial treatment for contaminated land – training pack
C530 On-site curing of concrete – microstructure and durability
R159 Sea outfalls – construction, inspection and repair. An engineering guide
The year has started with a crop of retirements from office with several long standing stalwarts taking the early bath.
Past president Adrian Golland from Bolton and Graeme Johnson from Barrow started the trend in December in the Northwest, to be followed in April by Junior Vice President Keith Millington from Warrington and Alf Wrigley from Lancaster
Jo Field our current President retired from Local Government at the end of March, but will continue to be involved with affairs via the Audit commission.
John Beck has sprung like a phoenix from retirement and is now International Director for the ICE at Great George Street.
We wish all these and other retirees well and look forward to their contribution to TAG life as “elder statesmen”
The agenda for the mid march meeting makes informative reading.
It is clear that this organisation to which TAG is affiliated is becoming a key player for innovation and influence in the wider construction communittee
The link in the website Bulletin gives access to the detail of the agenda.
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