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Juani Swart awarded public engagement grant

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Professor Juani Swart was recently awarded a public engagement grant to host a stakeholder workshop on the 'Behaviours for Collaboration' (B4C).

As part of a Government Construction Strategy, the UK Government will require collaborative working between several stakeholders on all centrally-funded construction projects by 2016. This is formally known as Level 2 Building Information Modelling (BIM).  In order to facilitate this development, a central BIM task force and regional BIM hubs have been established. The group is focused on stimulating collaboration within the construction industry for the purpose of improving industry performance and is recognised as a partner of the BIM task force.

In the first stage of the research project, the group has reviewed existing research and identified examples of collaboration within the Higher Education and Health Care sectors.  These factors for collaboration include: Trust and respect, openness and communications, common goals and new ways of working, and leadership and interpersonal skills.

The group then developed a profession map which detailed the behaviours for collaboration. This map was put forward and tested at a stakeholder event which was held in the Chancellors’ Building on the 28th January. Interestingly, the Chancellors’ Building uses Building Information Modelling, so participants could engage with how it worked in action as we debated the BIM case. We then looked towards how collaborative behaviours need to be integrated with technology to ensure successful construction.

Feedback from the stakeholder engagement workshop will be discussed at the group’s next meeting. There are also plans to ‘gamify’ the profession map to enable assessment of the competencies via a smart phone device.

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