Procurement and the supply chain

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Changing times demand smarter, faster and more collaborative infrastructure procurement. ICE’s tools, events and information will help you add value, saving time and money and delivering projects more effectively.

Enormous reserves of time, money and materials are currently wasted because best practice is inconsistently adopted and disseminated. ICE is leading the way in teaching effective and innovative approaches to help the supply chain stop these losses.

This unique knowledge resource offers guidance on best practice in collaboration, supply chain integration, transparency and standardisation with lessons that can be applied at all stages and levels.

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Procurement events

Hear from innovative construction leaders on changes in industry and how everyone can win.

Despite solving many issues, the 2015 CDM regulations created a lot of confusion. ICE’s Health and Safety conference will provide clarity for the industry on how to effectively apply the new regulations and how the principal designer role works efficiently.

Compiled by the Institution’s Health and Safety Expert Panel, the programme will showcase how to embed best practice - from design and planning right through to on site. Health and safety must be at the core of organisational culture, from the board of directors down.

ICE Health and Safety 2016

Expert speakers at ICE Health and Safety 2016 include:

Steven Fink

Steven Fink
Health and Safety Director, Phase 1 Infrastructure, HS2

Shelley Frost

Shelley Frost
Executive Director – Policy, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Simon Longbottom

Simon Longbottom
Head of Construction Sector, HSE

Alex Lubbock

Alex Lubbock
BIM Development Manager, Carillion

Other events

Expand your procurement knowledge

Help your teams collaborate more efficiently, avoid waste and improve outcomes.

The Alliancing Code of Best Practice for Infrastructure Alliancing

The Alliancing Code of Practice helps establish and maintain successful working relationships - a key component of project success. The Code will help you understand more about alliancing, guide you through each step of creating an alliance, and includes in-depth case studies from projects where alliances have been successfully implemented.


Best practice

The combined knowledge of more than 80,000 members produces best practice that is innovative and world leading.

Case study

ICE is uniquely placed in the built environment to attract and share industry leading infrastructure case studies

The Civil Engineer

Offering expert industry opinion and talking points of interest across the built environment

ICE Talks procurement

  • Hear ICE members discuss procurement, life in the supply chain and thoughts on the skills required to successfully procure and deliver on major infrastructure projects.

  • Susan Briggs

    Working on A9 dualling in Scotland, help procurement, start thinking about it earlier and have sight of budgets coming through. Need to think long term and have understanding of long term money coming through. More collaboration and working together, reasons for this but things work better if you can bring people together.

    Susan Briggs, Project Manager, Fairhurst
  • Alexis Field

    I think engineers are innovative by nature, but our industry isn't as innovative as it could be and there are things that stop us such as contracts. We need to be more innovative about how we do things. Do we want to restrict people, need to think differently about the framework people work within to encourage innovation.

    Alexis Field, Growth and Improvement Team Leader

Susan Briggs, Project Manager, Fairhurst

Susan Briggs is a project manager with Fairhust in Glasgow. Her time is currently divided between two roles on the A9 Dualling Programme: seconded to Transport Scotland working on the procurement strategy; and in the CH2M Fairhurst JV working on scheme development.

Susan is a chartered civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the assessment, design and procurement of transportation projects and over 10 years’ experience of business management. Before joining Fairhurst she worked for Scott Wilson and URS in UK and Ireland and in Eastern Europe and Nordic.

Susan grew up and went to University in Glasgow. She joined Scott Wilson Scotland Ltd in 1982 and was based in Glasgow until 2000 when she moved to Newcastle upon Tyne and then, in 2005, to Dublin. She became a Director in 2007. Following re-organisation Susan worked in the Transportation Sector, first in Local Government Services and then in Major Roads. In 2013 she moved to Warsaw, as Regional Director responsible for URS’s Infrastructure business in Eastern Europe and Nordic.

Sophie McPhillips, Assistant Engineer, Atkins

Sophie McPhillips is an Assistant Water Engineer in Atkins’ Water, Ground & Environment business. She has worked in the UK on water treatment systems, pumping stations and pipelines, and abroad in Uganda and The Gambia on rural water supply projects.

In 2015 she was an ICE President’s Apprentice, working with David Balmforth to research the blockers and drivers of innovation in the UK construction and engineering industries. She co-authored the report ‘Innovation: Stepping up the Industry’ with the other apprentices and she is now working to share the findings with companies and leaders in the industry.

Sophie is also an Ambassador for the charity FRANK Water.