Category: construction collaboration

Jan 15 2018

The demise of Carillion won’t detoxify construction

Carillion logo

At about 7am this morning, UK construction and services business Carillion plc said it would be going into liquidation – less than six months after a July 2017 profits warning more than halved its share price, heralding the final chapter of a dramatic plunge into disgrace. I have been watching this disaster unfold with morbid …

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Sep 25 2017

“Big data exposes a widening construction knowledge gap”

According to a Designing Buildings analysis of six million pieces of data, the knowledge framework underpinning the construction industry is no longer fit for purpose. Designing Buildings Wiki has undertaken what it says is the “first ever comprehensive mapping of construction industry knowledge”. It analysed data relating to its 5,000 articles, looking at the popularity …

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Apr 22 2016

To change the “image of construction,” first change construction

CN headline

We need to tackle some of the fundamental issues in the UK construction industry before we can effectively change “the image of construction”. “The image of construction” has featured heavily this week for me. On Tuesday, I attended a CIMCIG-led roundtable discussion in London with Mark Farmer, the consultant helping the Government’s Construction Leadership Council …

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Oct 06 2015

Time for TICKAC to change

The industry currently known as construction needs to do more than incremental tinkering with technology or scoping out skills. Big, joined-up thinking is required. Watching recent developments regarding UK construction skills shortages and “the image of construction“, I fear the sector’s typically conservative and incremental approaches will do little to bring about much-needed major change. …

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Sep 22 2015

“The image of construction” (again)

Leonie Thomas blog - guest post by Paul Wilkinson

For my friend Leonie Thomas, I recently wrote a guest blog focusing, yet again, on “The image of construction”. My starting point was the the merger of the UK Contractors Group and the National Specialist Contractors Council to form Build UK, which launched on 1 September with a five-point action plan for the UK construction …

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Mar 21 2014

Share what makes you different

For the second year running, I spoke yesterday at a Workplace Trends “social media for business” conference, hopefully helping people who work in construction and property-related businesses understand a bit more about B2B use of new media. Last year, I talked about Twitter; this year, I talked about ‘Blogging for business’. The business of blogging …

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Aug 02 2013

I #LoveConstruction. You should too.

Love Construction

The Love Construction campaign has been gathering momentum since the 2 July launch of the UK Government’s latest construction strategy. Its origins lie in an editorial written by Construction News editor Rebecca Evans who argued that it was time for industry people to have their say in how the industry is perceived. The vision for 2025 painted …

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Jun 14 2013

Constructing Excellence higher education summit

Constructing Excellence

I have been involved with the UK’s Constructing Excellence movement for well over a decade (before Constructing Excellence was formed in 2003, I was involved in the work of several of its forerunners including the Construction Best Practice Programme, the IT Construction Best Practice Progamme, the Design Build Foundation, the Reading Construction Forum and Movement …

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Jun 03 2013

From property viewing to post-occupancy reviewing

Banner Homes ipad

Why stop at creating apps to sell luxury homes, when all built assets could have an online owner’s manual and feedback loop? Working in technology for the construction and property sectors, I have long been interested in the use of mobile tools and applications (I’m off to the latest COMIT community day in Oxford on …

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May 24 2013

Construction, CRM and social media

m-hance social business

‘Enterprise social networks’ and ‘enterprise collaboration’ are terms being increasingly associated with customer relationship management (CRM), and may change face of construction sales, marketing and customer service. On Tuesday, I attended a London seminar organised by m-hance concerning its Microsoft Dynamics-based CRM (customer relationship management) solutions and related tools. As a construction PR and marketing …

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