GIRI forums - what did we learn?9 Aug 21
The need to change the way we do things to adapt to the changing challenges facing the construction industry was one of the key messages to emerge from GIRI’s most recent series of interactive discussion forums.
From developing new funding models and understanding different risk models when repurposing existing buildings to addressing collective blind spots and the skills shortage through greater diversity, the forums considered many of the hot topics in construction within the context of achieving zero error and the changes in culture, behaviour, and communication required to get us there.
All the forums are available to view on the GIRI Youtube channel, and we have summarised the key takeaways from each event in an easy to digest format.
Changing places; how can we avoid error when repurposing buildings?
With the number of projects to repurpose existing buildings expected to increase significantly over the next few months and years, this type of project will soon make up a significant proportion of projects in the sector. Given the differences between new-build and repurposing projects, how do we avoid error and what do we need to do differently?
How can diversity help reduce error in construction?
Lack of diversity and groupthink within an industry can reinforce practices that lead to error because they create collective blind spots. This was one of the key conclusions of GIRI’s recent discussion forum on diversity in the construction sector.
Off-site manufacturing; is it the panacea for construction error?
The key to successfully implementing modern methods of construction (MMC) is identifying where traditional process no longer fit, and rapidly updating the way we plan and deliver projects to match the demands of the new technologies. This was a key conclusion of GIRI’s recent forum exploring the impact of MMC on error, which also highlighted the particular challenges that arise where projects combine both traditional and modern methods.
In construction, time is of the essence; how can we plan our time to avoid error?
Construction is a time-pressured industry and proper prioritisation of tasks is required to improve time management in the long-term and shift the focus from ‘putting it right’ to ‘getting it right first time’. Understanding how to classify tasks according to their importance and urgency was one of the key takeaways of GIRI’s time management forum, along with the need for engagement from senior management to support effective time management.
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