Project team integration

In March 2014 the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) and the Australian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) released “… two important and valuable guides to help the construction industry improve productivity …” ~ see: Project Team Integration.

On 11 October ACIF announced the extension of their initiative: “How to gain benefit: BIM Framework and Other Guides” through their participation in two other working groups.

APCC is the peak body for government building and construction policy in Australia and New Zealand and ACIF is the meeting place for leaders of the construction industry in Australia. ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between the key players in residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction, other industry groups, and government agencies.

As time passes it is appropriate to ask whether any project teams have taken up the recommended approach to “Project Team Integration”?

Noting so many EOI invitations for major project commissions (particularly from government) now include the requirement to describe team management methodology, perhaps this initiative by ACIF and APCC provides one opportunity to differentiate a submission and accord to the leadership espoused by government policy and industry.

APCC and ACIF also deserve some feedback: Call 0408 403 439 or email me if you have experience with the new “Project Team Integration” tools.

Architects: do you value your title?

If you ask “the man in the street” what an architect does or what differentiates architects from other building designers or draftsmen, very few will have a clue. Even architects hesitate to mention their years of comprehensive education followed by requirement for experience and further examination before they can register under their State Architects Registration Act, nor what compliance to that Act requires.

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The impact of mobile technology on your firm

How current is your technology infrastructure? Are you benefiting from the potential of mobile connectivity?

Project teams including clients, consultants, contractors, authorities and suppliers are utilising mobile technologies for easier, timelier information exchange. Consultants to the built environment have moved from e-mail and PDF documentation exchange to hosting FTP function on their website, or using cloud-based document storage and exchange services such as www.dropbox.com.

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