Speakers at ICE's latest online Strategy Session debated how culture change and technology can help eliminate engineering errors. Watch the session again here.
Culture change needs to be at the heart of ensuring the industry embraces technology to help eliminate engineering errors, according to panelists at the most recent ICE Strategy Session, Using Technology to Eliminate Error.
Research suggests that errors account for as much as 21% of construction project costs, equating to a vast £21bn of new build projects each year. However, the costs and consequences of engineering errors are often more grave than financial losses alone. A renewed effort will therefore be required by all involved in infrastructure delivery, from clients and down through the whole supply chain, in order to eliminate errors.
Watch the session in full below.
“Maybe we need to just stand back a little and stop and think and perhaps use one of the mantras we use at the Get It Right Initiative (GIRI), which is ‘press pause to get it right’,” advised GIRI executive director Tom Barton during the online session on 26 May.
The root causes most often relate to design, according to GIRI research, not because of poor designers but because industry culture does not enable designers and constructors to work in collaborative ways that eliminate error.
With design being a key area of focus for change, panelists highlighted that technology can hold the key to eradicating mistakes.
“Digital engineering is central to the debate on how we do stuff, and particularly how we eliminate error,” said ICE vice president Ed McCann, who also fronts GIRI.
Quality of design, interface management and the digital twin approach were all identified as areas that could see the greatest gains, along with digital planning and supply chain management.
“We have got real opportunities to remove some of the barriers to harness technology,” said Barton. “We can create a culture throughout the industry that wants to get it right.”
The online audience also heard from UK BIM Alliance chair Dr Anne Kemp OBE about the resources available to enable industry-wide adoption of technology. Meanwhile, Tony Gee & Partners’ BIM development manager Ross Stobo outlined the success of digital tools on a recent wind farm project.
This event was sponsored by Tony Gee & Partners.
Next ICE Strategy Session on 9 June: Project 13 – Turning theory into a reality.