Construction industry must break with tradition and fear of failure to boost collaboration

Project managers must abandon a widespread fear of failure that prevents a more collaborative approach says the Infrastructure Client Group organisation’s steering group.

Robert Gerrard and Simon Vaughan: speakers at the upcoming Collaboration webinar
Robert Gerrard and Simon Vaughan: speakers at the upcoming Collaboration webinar

Project managers must abandon a widespread 'fear of failure' because it prevents a collaborative approach, according to members of the Infrastructure Client Group organisation's steering group.

Civil engineering, construction and infrastructure project managers are invited to attend a live NEC webinar Enhancing performance through collaboration on 28 March 2018.

Designed to enhance understanding of the cost and time efficiencies of collaborative working, the webinar marks the end of the consultation process for the NEC4 Alliance Contract which is designed to unite entire project teams on a single collaborative contract.

This host is JCP Consultancy managing director Simon Vaughan, a member of the ICE's Infrastructure Client Group's steering group and part of the ICG Alliancing Code of Practice Working Group for the past four years.

Co-hosting the free-to-attend webinar is Robert Gerrard, NEC consultant and NEC Users' Group secretary, who will provide tactical advice on creating the right conditions for collaboration between project partners, mitigating risks and achieving the benefits of a more collaborative approach.

In addition to outlining best practice, the webinar will also highlight how the industry can effectively plan and prepare for it. The call for greater collaboration comes at a time of significant pressure on the industry to modernise following the high profile collapse of Carillion.

Simon believes a collaborative project approach depends as much on people's behaviours and mindsets as on contracts: "While companies are already aware they should support more collaborative attitudes to projects they don't always take the steps to do so.

"The construction and engineering industry often finds itself clinging to long-held traditions and practices mainly out of a fear of failure. Embracing collaboration may be breaking with tradition for some – but it's vital.

"Integrating the entire supply team for large complex projects can lead to a much deeper collaboration, link common interests and reduce grounds for dispute, allowing all parties to work together in achieving client objectives and share the risks and benefits of doing so."

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