Avoiding construction errors at interfaces - Part Two: Designing for construction

Duration
3.5 hours

 

Course objectives
This session focuses on methods to avoid errors at design interfaces. The course provides participants with an appreciation for the scale of error in the construction industry and an understanding that design interfaces are a common root cause of error. The course develops participants’ ability to identify design interfaces, provides an understanding of good-practice in managing design interfaces, and then enables participants to develop an action plan to improve their management of design interfaces, in order to avoid error.

 

Intended audience
This course is aimed at personnel with particular responsibility for managing design. Typical participants who would particularly benefit from this course include:

• Project Managers
• Client's Design Managers
• Architects
• Designated Principal Designers
• Design Consultant's Design Managers
• Contractor's Design Managers
• All designers with liaison responsibility beyond their own discipline

 

Relationship to project program
This course should be run for an individual project. The course should be run when all key designers are engaged, this is likely to coincide with the start of RIBA stage 2.

 

Learning outcomes
Participants to have an improved understanding of error, having the ability to:
• Explain the cost of error to the construction industry, and the benefits of reducing error.
• Recall the top “root causes of error” identified by GIRI research and relate these to their daily work.

Participants to have an improved understanding of design interfaces, having the ability to:
• Identify various types of design interface.
• Relate design interfaces to the common root causes of error.

Participants to have an improved awareness of good practice in managing design interfaces, having the ability to:
• Apply the Get It Right Initiative “Design Guide”.
• Explain the key elements of other Get It Right Initiative courses, and how these relate to the management of design interfaces.  

Participants to identify key measures to improve their management of design interfaces, having the ability to:
• Identify their current processes for managing design interfaces.
• Appraise their current process for managing design interfaces.
• Produce an action plan, defining key measures they can take to avoid errors at design interfaces.

 

Pre-requisites
Attendees should have attended Avoiding construction errors at interfaces - Part One: Collaboration.

 

Delivery
Recommended that delivery is by a GIRI accredited trainer/facilitator.

The course uses presentations, an interactive Lego exercise, guided group discussion and small team workshops to explore the origins of error about practical tools to help eliminate errors at design interfaces.

The practical Lego exercises enables open discussion about the management of design interfaces. Workshopping in small teams allows the participants to explore the strengths and weaknesses of their current process for managing design interfaces. The key lessons from the session are then related to their findings, enabling all participants to develop a personal action plan, to improve their management of design interfaces and thereby avoid error.

 

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Course Personnel

Nick Francis Training Consultant

Nick is an award-winning engineer, experienced manager, and passionate educator. He has a track record of delivering innovative solutions to complex infrastructure problems. Having served for 16 years as an Officer in the Royal Engineers he has extensive operational military experience and is acutely aware of the impact, and fragility, of our built environment. As the founding director of Imagine Engineering Nick helps clients develop high-functioning project teams, drawing on technical expertise and military planning and leadership skills. Working with the Get It Right Initiative he has pioneered a range of education programmes to address the root causes of error within the construction industry. Nick regularly lectures at a number of universities and works with Bridges to Prosperity to tackle rural isolation throughout the developing world.

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