GIRI Members Meeting 20 January 2020

27 Jan 20

Great turnout at our GIRI Members meeting on 20th January with 65 joining for coffee and an update on GIRI activity. GIRI membership now totals 45 organisations, 14 of whom joined in 2019, the most recent include Farrow Walsh Consulting, Price & Myers and Viewpoint.

The meeting kicked off with a constructive debate around GIRI’s strategic aim and goals, including the benefits of membership, achievements to date and opportunities for the future. Key strengths of GIRI include the huge Industry diversity we represent in tackling the problem of error, the strength and confidence our members feel in sharing knowledge, the recent completion of GIRI Training development and the opportunity it represents to Industry. It was agreed that GIRI now needs to work on getting recognition from Central Government.

Working Group updates included GIRI’s Error Frequency Ratio group’s progress on developing a process for measuring Error. GIRI members will participate in a trial of the proposed methodology, prior to a formal launch later in 2020. The Technology Working Group will conduct a survey of our members’ use of technology to minimise errors and improve productivity, as part of research into the benefits of digital engineering and the barriers to its wider adoption.

Galliford Try’s Lynden Haworth spoke about how GIRI principles are helping eliminate error in their business. Ali Mafi of Lean Thinking Ltd presented the benefits of an Accelerated Project Delivery system, where management effort prioritises activities that have the greatest impact on project end date in order to reduce project uncertainty. 

The CITB training courses developed by consortia of GIRI members, which have already been tested across more than 900 delegates, are nearing formal approval by CITB for grant purposes. The Leadership, Supervisor & Manager and Interfaces modules can be delivered either directly by GIRI Training & Consultancy, or by accredited trainers either in house or third parties. More on Training availble here.

GIRI’s upcoming events include a round table discussion hosted by Zurich Insurance on 10 February and a panel discussion as part of the Quality in Construction Summit on 1 July. 

GIRI Members meetings take place quarterly, and often at The Institute of Civil Engineers, London. Please email our executive director Tom Barton if you’d like to join or present at the next meeting on 20th April.

Slides from the event can be downloaded via this link

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