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Get It Right Initiative – Eliminating error & improving value for UK construction, webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 10 September 2020
  • 15:30 - 16:30
Get It Right Initiative – Eliminating error & improving value for UK construction, webinar

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In 2015 a number of UK construction industry companies together with the CITB supported a research project into the costs and causes of avoidable error in UK construction. Among other things, the results suggest that we are spending between 15% and 25% of total project costs dealing with the consequences of avoidable error.

The seminar will set out the background to the research and then explain how 56 organisations including well-known clients, contractors, designers, insurers and technology providers have joined together as the Get It Right Initiative (GIRI). This has the strategic aim of improving construction productivity and quality by eliminating error.

We will explain how the initiative is meeting its goals which are to:

  • Create a culture and working environment to get it right from the start
  • Change attitudes and harness leadership responsibility to reduce error and improve quality and productivity
  • Engage all stakeholders in eliminating error from inception, through operation, to completion
  • Share knowledge about error reduction processes and systems
  • Improve skills across the sector creating a positive approach to pre-empting error

We will discuss the Guide to Improving Value by Reducing Design Error published by the Get It Right Initiative and in particular how the principles set out in the design guide are relevant to the industry as a whole.

We will also discuss GIRI’s proposals for raising the profile of getting it right by developing a universally-accepted metric for measuring error.

For further information about GIRI please visit www.getitright.uk.com


Tom Barton MA (Oxon), CEng FICE

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Tom Barton is the Executive Director of the Get It Right Initiative. He has held this position since the start of the Initiative at the beginning of 2017. During 2015 and 2016 he led the Get It Right Research project culminating in the publication of A Strategy for Change.

Tom has been in the Construction Industry for 50 years and spent most of his career working for two major contractors. He has been involved in many UK and international projects, starting his career as Project Engineer on the Nat West Tower, London. Tom has managed some of London’s major projects including being responsible for the construction of the Millennium Footbridge and Croydon Tramlink. Overseas he has delivered multiple projects in Riyadh as well as a new airport in Kazan, Russia.

Tom has strived for excellence throughout his career and has a passion for getting it right. He believes that the Get It Right Initiative is a real opportunity for the Industry to turn things round and collectively improve its productivity and, more importantly, its reputation.

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United Kingdom

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Shelly-Ann Russell

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