While Constructing Excellence is currently engaged with an online survey into what benefits (if any) have been experienced as a result of the 1998 Egan Report (see post) – BIW Technologies [my employer] has been doing the same, but via a telephone survey. The results are being published this week – and have already been covered on Building magazine’s website here (Update (17.15pm BST, 25 June 2008): also covered by Contract Journal).
Not surprisingly, our survey showed that not enough progress has been made to meet Egan targets set by Sir John Egan 10 years ago (supporting research from Constructing Excellence that showed all seven of the 1998 targets had been missed). Of course, we asked about information and communications technologies (ICT) – ignored in the Egan Report – and there was, thankfully, a clear recognition that these had a part to play in promoting collaborative working in the UK AEC industry. We have called for the Wolstenholme working party, set up to review the Egan report ten years on, to make a more explicit endorsement of the potential impact of ICT tools in delivering a more collaborative, sustainable construction industry.
Related post: Egan: 10 years on (again)