Translating Construction: promoting effective communication

Translating Construction: promoting effective communication

As project and cost managers we seek to remove any barriers between our clients and their project objectives. We work to ensure that our clients feel able to make the right decisions: we seek to give them confidence and certainty of outcome. Construction is an industry full of jargon which can sometime be a barrier to clear communication and understanding. Our ‘Translating Construction’ series provides definitions to some of these tricky terms, explanations for when you might encounter them and a few stories to bring them to life and make them memorable. Find out about more on the Translating Construction webpage and please get in touch if you have a particular word or expression that often results in blank faces across a meeting...
Learning the collaborative skills necessary for BIM – event by BIM Regions Oxford

Learning the collaborative skills necessary for BIM – event by BIM Regions Oxford

BIM is socio-technic, it relies heavily on the interaction of people and technology to work.  Working with BIM improves efficiency and creates better built environment solutions yet traditionally, the industry struggles to cooperate in a contractual world. Changing engrained attitudes is challenging. BIM Regions – Oxford is hosting an event, BIM People, on Tuesday 3rd May at Oxford Brookes University.  The event looks at the development of collaborative skills and how to implement new changes to encourage a collaborative project environment.  The event is the second in 2016 since the rebranding of the national organisation, BIM Hubs, as BIM Regions.  The first event was a sell-out event and centred on BIM Processes. Elizabeth Kavanagh from Stride Treglown will outline a map identifying the behaviours of collaboration and Gordon McGlathery, of software providers Cadassist, will discuss how to successfully train and implement a plan for collaborative transformation. Clarkson Alliance is a sponsor for BIM Regions Oxford and particularly this event because collaboration is at the heart of how we manage projects.  We believe strongly in encouraging and motivating teams to work together to achieve client’s objectives. By working towards a common goal as a collective, the team has a much greater chance of achieving certainty of outcome on a project. The event is free to attend and registration is through the Oxford BIM Regions Eventbrite page. Two more events are currently in the pipeline which look at Technology and Legal implications of BIM....
BIM: How will you communicate on the project?

BIM: How will you communicate on the project?

Communication is vital to the success of any project. Our second BIM lesson from the Meadow Road housing project focuses on where to collate and record written communication on a BIM project. Follow the series each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our next lesson will be published on...
6 Perspectives on Collaboration– a Be2Camp event

6 Perspectives on Collaboration– a Be2Camp event

A pan discipline event about collaboration is probably one of the best ways to interrogate the subject. What may be an issue for one discipline may have been solved by others or at least considered from a different perspective. With an audience ranging from academics, project teams, community engagement experts and social media gurus, the Be2Camp Oxon event on Tuesday 13th October discussed collaboration from six perspectives. Be2Camp events exist to bridge the gap between new web technologies and ideas and the construction industry.  Collaboration all served up with cake, Lego and a Play-doh building competition. As technology becomes more divisive and people more disparate, organisations like Streets Re-imagined founded by Fin McNab work within neighbourhoods to generate community spirit, needed for social cohesion. 71% of adults played outside when they were children compared to just 21% of children today. Effects of @FinMcNab‘s projects – reduced traffic speed and volume, increased sense of safety amongst residents #be2campoxon — Su Butcher (@SuButcher) October 13, 2015 Po Yung from Clarkson Alliance shared the people focused management techniques used in-house to create more consistent project success. The focus of the talk was how engaging teams is possible through understanding how people are fundamentally motivated. As people are the ones delivering projects, it should be a priority to improve relationships to encourage the best results for clients. ‘People is what matters’ to achieving project success – understanding emotion and thinking – very interesting talk by @poyung #be2campoxon — Finlay McNab (@FinMcNab) October 13, 2015 Jen Forakis from Hoop Architecture explored the barriers to true collaboration in architectural practices. More traditional views stifle joint...