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Product of benchmarking

Benchmarking best practice is likely to be a key ambition of the upcoming Egan Construction task force report which will target the measurement of performance as a viable alternative to tendering.

The BAA infrastructure team of Laing, TPS, Brown & Root and Associated Asphalt has just established its first civil engineering zero waste 'products', against which costs of similar jobs can be benchmarked for price and productivity.

'We have produced base products for bridge deck, road pavement and (ground level) car parks,' said Laing framework manager for BAA Rob Wilby. 'Once you have the basic element, you can add on extras for exceptional circumstances.'

The results of similar work by the Agile Construction Initiative based at University of Bath and backed by DTI, Balfour Beatty and the Highways Agency will be reported at a seminar at the ICE on Tuesday (30 June). 'The work focused on site productivity. Our research demonstrates that UK construction is between 40% and 50% productive,' said Agile project manager Darryl Sheath.

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