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FPS chair calls for more industry collaboration


Industry must work more collaboratively to address capacity challenges, according to the new chair of the Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS).

Delivering the opening address at the Ground Engineering Infrastructure Summit in London today, Alasdair Henderson said there must be more focus on organisations sharing insight and working more closely together.

“Our industry has trust issues which have been there for a long time and they continue to be there,” he said. “Every major industry body – including the FPS – says that working collaboratively is something we must do. People, we have got to do this. These are changes we need to make to secure our long-term future.”

Henderson also outlined the importance of both investing in people and innovation to secure future growth in ground engineering, as well as across the wider industry.

“The key areas are investing in people, collaborative working and innovation… Through the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) work and clear government strategy, ground engineering can afford to be cautiously optimistic,” commented Henderson. However, he acknowledged that to be truly successful, it will be necessary for government and business to accept NIC recommendations and work together to help create a more stable, long-term outlook.

Addressing capacity challenges

  1. Invest in people and resources – Federation of Piling Specialists chair Alasdair Henderson said it is necessary to work with schools and universities to promote a more positive view of the industry. Henderson also outlined the importance of investing in long-term technical learning for the current workforce, describing it as a “lifelong process”.
  2. Collaborative working – Henderson admitted that the industry has “trust issues”, but insisted collaborative working is critical to secure the long-term future.
  3. Innovation – while examples of real innovation are consistently demonstrated across the industry, Henderson said the focus must now be on efficiently capturing data and ensuring new technologies are used effectively.


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