The ITA provides a framework for understanding the building and construction industry and aims to create profound change to future-proof the industry. The framework encompasses wide-reaching issues so a shortlist of priority projects has been developed.

Action areas

We are in the early stages of developing priority projects – so watch this space! The aim is to get three projects from this shortlist up and running by mid-2018 including a fast-tracked project, to be presented at the 2018 Constructive forum.

There will be opportunities for industry participants to participate in these projects. Register your interest.

1. Risk allocation

Objective: Improve the way that risk is allocated and managed across all parties in the value chain

The main aim of this priority is to understand and fairly manage risk on every building and construction project. One of the legacies of the leaky building crisis has been that the whole sector has become more aware of risk and the cost of failures. Increasingly people are talking about unfair risk allocation i.e. contractors being asked to take on risks they cannot manage. Poor risk allocation and management is driving up costs in the industry.

This ITA project will look at how to:

2. Adoption of new technologies

Objective: Accelerate the successful adoption of new technologies

This project will look at how the industry can better embrace new technology. This technology includes; advanced building and finishing materials, new construction and digital technologies, data capture equipment, use of prefabricated components and automated construction equipment.

This ITA project will look at how to:

3. Information flows

Objective: Using better information flows to improve productivity

There is a lot of time and energy wasted as a result of poor information flows. Despite the advances in supply chain management, the industry still relies heavily on phone and fax.

This ITA project will look at how to:

4. Integrated planning

Objective: Partnering to create an integrated predictable planning system

Currently there is a somewhat disjointed, complex and piecemeal approach to planning. This results in costly development delays and processes, for example when a desperately needed housing development is stymied because the local authority does not have infrastructure planned for that site.

This ITA project will look at how to:

5. Shared learning

Objective: Creating greater collaboration across the value chain through shared learning and continuous improvement

This project is the broadest of the priority areas in terms of its range. The ITA identifies a need for more industry collaboration, recognising that collaboration and competition could and should co-exist.

This ITA project will look at how to:

6. NextGen workers

Objective: Building the next generation of capability for the industry

New technology will transform the building and construction industry but to enable this transformation, the industry requires appropriately skilled workers. The sector will need data analysts, software engineers, production engineers and on-site workers with the skills and confidence to use a wide range of digital tools in real time.

This ITA project will look at how to:

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