Seminar 3: Inverting the Construction Supply Chain
Speaker: Professor David Boyd
Venue: Millennium Point, Birmingham B4 7XG
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm to 7pm
Supply chain management in construction has mostly been limited to client partnering and reduced sub-contractor lists. BIM opens the opportunity for interchange and coordination of information amongst sub-contractors in order to achieve more efficient building production approaches. By working on the flow of work for each party with good operative access and with the correct materials then every trade can manage their work better and so remove costs and reduce job times. This seminar will consider how the supply chain needs to be developed and how new procurement arrangements need to be devised to realise this. BIM allows subcontractors to be involved in production planning and even the design process. The knowledge of sub-contractors is key and this elevates their position giving them greater responsibility and authority. New skills need to be developed and the role of main contractor moves to a coordinator rather than a manager of subcontracts.
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David Boyd is Professor of Construction and Director of the Centre for Research in the Environment and Society in the Birmingham School of the Built Environment at Birmingham City University. He is course director of the MSc Integrated Design and Construction Management which aligns BIM with Integrated Project Delivery. Birmingham City University has developed its new buildings using BIM and has been pro-active in driving new approaches to design and construction; these projects have been become learning vehicles for these approaches. David has worked for many years on how knowledge is used in practice in the construction industry and has lectured internationally on this. The challenges of connecting human and information perspectives to make construction more effective gives a new relevance to this work.