Project managers must abandon the widespread ‘fear of failure’ current preventing the collaborative approach, according to members of the Infrastructure Client Group organisation steering group.
Civil engineering, construction and infrastructure project managers are invited to attend our upcoming webinar ‘Enhancing performance through collaboration’ on 28th March.
Designed to enhance understanding of the cost and time efficiencies of collaborative working, the webinar is being hosted following the end of the consultation process for the NEC4 Alliance Contract, designed to unite entire project teams on a single collaborative contract.
Simon Vaughan, Managing Director at JCP Consultancy Limited, is a member of the ICE’s Infrastructure Client Group’s steering group on organisation and has been a part of the ICG Alliancing Code of Practice Working Group for the last four years.
He will be hosting the free-to-attend webinar alongside Robert Gerrard, NEC Consultant and NEC Users’ Group Secretary and will provide tactical advice on creating the right conditions for collaboration between project partners, mitigating risks and achieving the benefits of a more collaborative approach.
In addition to outlining the best practice, this webinar will also highlight how the industry can effectively plan and prepare for it. The call for greater collaboration comes at a time of significant pressure on the industry to modernise following the high profile collapse of Carillion.
Simon believes a collaborative project approach depends as much on people’s behaviours and mind-sets as on contracts: “While companies are already aware they should support more collaborative attitudes to projects, they don’t always take the steps to do so.
“The construction and engineering industry often finds itself clinging to long-held traditions and practices that they’re used to, mainly out of a fear of failure. While embracing collaboration may be breaking with tradition for some, it is vital.
“Integrating the entire supply team for large complex projects can lead to a much deeper collaboration, bound common interests and reduced grounds for dispute, allowing all parties to work together in achieving client objectives, and sharing the risks and benefits of doing so.”