More than a year after we started work on it, we're finally able to share some of the work we've been doing with Atkins, the BRE and Homes England. This long-term project has been established to develop the evidence base to support the link between pre-manufactured value, and a range of benefits that should be of interest to the housing sector. You can find a brief overview of the project at the Homes England site.
The fourth Digest from the Transforming Construction Network + research team explores the role of industry / academia interaction in supporting the ongoing industry transformation.
The digest describes the benefits and tensions of working with academics, and proposes some ways these tensions can be addressed.
Following the launch of our digest on Platform thinking, I had the pleasure of hosting a webinar that explored the theory and practice of construction platforms with Dr Luigi Mosca, Toby Uppington of Aecom, and Trudi Sully from the Construction Innovation hub. You can watch the conversations again here.
With the N+ research team, I have developed the second digest in our series. The report "Platform Thinking For Construction" aims to clarify the ongoing conversation around platform thinking in construction, and organise how we consider the benefits of adopting a platform strategy
The digest can be found by following this link
Working with my colleagues on the Transforming Construction Network Plus, I have produced the first in our digest series. The report "Changing Business Models: Implications for Construction" summarises influential ideas about business models and business model change from industry and academia.
You can see a copy of the digest by following this link
In 2019 I was invited to undertake a research project for the Infrastructure Innovation Initiative Partnership (i3P). The brief was to explore the innovation activities of the i3P membershiip and to work with them to define new collaborative projects for the partnership to pursue. The work involved a survey, 2 workshops, a dozen or so interviews, and a desk-based study.
As well as an extensive report, the project also lead to the definition of the i3P's forward strategy.
A copy of the summary strategy document can be found by clicking the PDF icon below.
In late 2018 I sucessfully defended my Doctoral thesis that explored innovation in construction. The thesis "A Framework for Assessing Interventions to Promote the Implementation of Material Innovations on Construction Projects" describes the development of a new middle-range model of the construction project that highlights the role of non-financial value in promoting sustainable innovation on projects
You can read the thesis here.
I presented a short update paper at the IABSE 2017 Conference in Bath. It introduces some of the concepts I'm exploring on how to spot opportunities to innovate in construction. Details are here
This article in The Structural Engineer (£ paywall) explores some of the innovations that were adopted on the Stavros Narichos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) in Athens. It also touches on a bit of theory.
Cover image courtesy of one of my co-authors Dr Pete Winslow
My first peer-reviewed article was published in Construction & Building Materials. The open access article explores the adoption of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) in the UK.
Summarising my presentation at Max Fordham's 'Green Sky Thinking' week event, this post discussed our need for regulation in construction to deliver sustainable outcomes.
I had great fun helping the RSA and The Great Recovery develop and deliver their 'Great Game of Circularity'. Take a look - it has trains.. RSA Game of Circularity
You can read a review of the Game of Circularity by Games for Cities
Zero Waste Scotland commissioned a report into the end of life re-use of oil platforms. I'm proud that I was able to input to this report, and hope that it kick-starts some great outcomes.
Take a look at the Zero Waste Scotland web site for more information and a copy of the report.
I had a busy week contributing to the ICE's Get It Right Intitiative report. My role was to explore the academic literature on re-work in the construction industry. The report overall identified that between 10-25% of the spend on projects result from avoidable error. That's an eye watering £10-25bn per annum in the UK.
You can read the report here.