What do we do?
The Supply Chain and Business Models work stream is focussed on analysing and demonstrating how the construction process can and should change. And change in a systemic way from an approach that focusses on the process of construction to one that focusses instead on the outcomes that are needed from the building/infrastructure. It should place the customer, end-user and owner at the fore, delivering the best outcome for the customer: no-hassle, no surprises, high-quality, timely and cost-effective.
This change needs co-ordination and leadership both across the industry and the often-lengthy supply chains and it demands a new way of working.
Why is this important?
Changing ways of working is essential to deliver better outcomes for all those involved in the construction industry and especially for end-users and owners of buildings, whether in the public or private sector. A key ambition is to ensure that construction and maintenance especially of large capital projects is quicker and more-efficient. There’s also recognition from those constructing our buildings that there are better ways of working with building owners e.g. earlier collaboration, simplified procurement and whole-life costing. These issues create a great opportunity for the construction industry.
How will we achieve this?
Initially the Supply Chain and Business Models work stream is focussing on a range of issues, including:
- Working with the industry – owners of assets and the supply-chain to understand behaviours and how to create better outcomes
- Working with academia and industry to find ‘what best looks like’ and examples of better business and collaboration models
- Understating how businesses in the industry operate, what are the current models and how/where they can be improved
- Developing an Implementation Plan for the period 2016 – 2025.