Is construction ready for the ‘open protocol’ revolution?
Companies need to start sharing information much more for the sake of industry-wide innovation, says ISG’s David Broderick.
There is no doubt that the government has ambitious and rapid plans to invest in our shared public infrastructure through its commitment to transform built assets across education, healthcare, energy our prison estates and defence capability, to name but a few sectors. It’s yet further evidence of the growing prominence of our sector as a direct contributor to the nation’s GDP, but also recognition that these delivered projects represent an unparalleled opportunity for future growth, investment, innovation and opportunity.
There is of course a catch to this overwhelmingly positive outlook for our sector – and the elephant in the room is capacity. There is a risk that at a time when our industry is asked to step up to deliver this capital works bonanza, that we simply do not have the capacity and resource at a contractor and supply chain level to satisfy this demand – and we won’t even add in here the complications of a possible no-deal Brexit
But actually, I’m confident that not only can we overcome this key challenge, but that we can foster an endearing legacy that will transform our industry as a beacon of modernity and progress. I’ve seen from direct observation how our sector can pragmatically shift from competition to collaboration during the covid-19 crisis – but just as convincingly before this too.
My colleagues are making outstanding collective progress working with our direct competitors to develop innovative solutions for the Ministry of Justice via an alliance model. The Department for Education is now directly benefiting from the efforts of a broad cohort of usually competitive organisations that joined forces to develop a standard component design classroom.
Sounds very similar to what we want to be achieving in construction doesn’t it? Indeed, ISG has seen itself as a project integrator and facilitator for a number of years now, and the evidence really backs up the fact that competition, in many instances, leads to poorer outcomes for contractors and clients alike. At a time when the spotlight is shining on our industry and there is real commitment and value attributed to what we do, it feels like “open protocol construction” could just be around the corner.
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