GIRI forum: Better knowledge means fewer errors

Location: Online

Date: Monday 14th December 2020

Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Cost: Free (Open to GIRI members and industry professionals)

In the final event of our second series of GIRI forums, guest speaker Dr Gregor Harvie, chair of the Construction Knowledge Task Group, will talk about the importance of knowledge, and how it links to error reduction.

Construction knowledge – the missing piece from the digitisation of the industry.

It is vital that we start thinking about industry knowledge in the same way that we think about project data and information if we are to reduce errors and increase productivity.

How participants will benefit

Attendees will learn about the importance  of knowledge and how it underpins the competence, compliance and productivity of the construction industry. There will be an analysis of the differences between data, information and knowledge and research results will be presented explaining the sorts of knowledge that practitioners use and where they find it. The serious problems practitioners have accessing knowledge will be assessed along with the implications this has for the industry.

The work of the Construction Knowledge Task Group will be explained and how it is modernising construction knowledge in the same way that BIM has already modernised construction data and information.


  • Introduction
  • Why construction knowledge matters.
  • Where practitioners find knowledge.
  • The problems with industry knowledge.
  • What needs to change.
  • The work of Construction Knowledge Task Group.
  • The future of construction knowledge.
  • Q&A

Participants can find out more about the work of the Construction Knowledge Task Group at

Dr Gregor Harvie is co-founder and director of Designing Buildings Wiki, the cross-discipline knowledge base used by 7.5 million people a year. He is also chair of the Construction Knowledge Task Group, an industry body working to improve access to knowledge for practitioners. He is an architect and project manager, and has worked for multi-disciplinary practices PSA, Atkins and WYG. He has a PhD in computational fluid dynamics.

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Deadline for registrations is 5pm Friday 11th December.

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