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Constructing futures : industry leaders and futures thinking by Paul Chan

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By Paul Chan

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To guide its long-range planning process, the CII’s Strategic Planning Committee began a series of meetings and consultations in November 1997 to develop blue-sky thinking in a number of areas. These culminated in the production of a report entitled Vision 2020 in 1999,13 which is summarised as follows: . . . Globalisation: intertwining of national and regional economies, rise in international procurement, increasing geographic dispersion of integrated teams, skills needed to align different cultures and interests, upgrading of technical competence in developing countries; Technology: increase use of ICTs blurring the lines between project phases, sustainable materials, automation on-site; Business relationships: increase in project alliances, more comprehensive project management skills, reshaping of business entities, changing stakeholders’ roles, growing importance of risk management; Characteristics of projects: increasing focus on renovation and renewal, rising importance of flexibility, operations, maintenance and decommissioning becoming more crucial at the front-end, increase project complexity; Planning, design and construction practice: increased use of prefabrication and standardisation, enhancement in resource planning coupled with increased automation, rising importance of intelligent handheld systems, need for real-time performance measurement; Workforce: minimised use of craft labour and increase in capital substitution, growing need to consider work–life balance, importance of recruitment and retention of highquality engineering graduates, increased industry–academia collaboration.

ASCE, American Society of Civil Engineers; CABE, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment; CERF, Civil Engineering Research Foundation; CII, Construction Industry Institute; CIRIA, Construction Industry Research and Information Association; CRC, Cooperative Research Centre; nCRISP, Construction Research and Innovation Strategy Profile; PFI/PPP, Private Finance Initiative/Public–Private Partnership. 5 Drivers for change in the future Drivers Critical issues Main threats Ageing population .

You’ve got to talk about that, even though you don’t know anything about it”. And I would oblige’. In a sense, this mirrors the way Sandi Rhys Jones got to lead the influential Equal Opportunities Working Group in 1996, which promoted inter alia one of her greatest missions in the industry – women and equality in construction. ‘Sir Michael makes the point that there were very few women and this is madness. I managed to get an invitation to go to the launch of the Latham Report and to ask a question.

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