I agree with Peter Higgins' view that early warning is vital for effective and economic construction (NCE last week).
Fundamentally, though, the effectiveness of the NEC is limited when the contracting arrangements do not recognise that many large contractors or programme managers are actually remote from 'hands on' knowledge and expertise in how their trade contractors work and make money.
This remoteness and the lack of business knowledge constrains the NEC approach.
This is compounded by the human norm that people are not strong at either looking forward or doing the detail.
So contrary to the rhetorical question about contractors' planning capability, I am afraid the answer is, actually, they are poor at thinking in advance; they are driven by their prot - and reasonably so - and their interests are not the same as those of their clients.
T5 appears to be the closest a large scale project in the UK has got to overcoming some of these inherent problems; through input from those who actually do the construction work.
Caroline Cree (F), cal@creerc. demon. co. uk