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Projects aim to measure up to Egan

TWENTY THREE civil engineering schemes have been chosen by Government as demonstration projects to highlight the benefits of following recommendations of the Egan report.

The civils projects (see box), together with 59 building schemes have a total value of around 1bn. They will be 'measured' to find how successfully they demonstrate one of four key processes: product development, project implementation, partnering the supply chain, and the production of components (NCE 23 July).

The criteria for measuring have yet to be finalised, but head of the Government's Construction Sponsorship directorate John Hobson this week proposed:

Cost reduction

Cost predictability

Time reduction

Time predictability

Defects

Accidents

Profitability

Client changes

It is likely that measures such as whole life costing, serviceability and client satisfaction will be added. In time the whole industry should adopt the same system, allowing clients to make clear comparisons.

The lessons learned through the demonstration schemes will be spread by the project teams working together, through the Internet or by the Construction Best Practice Programme which is due to be launched later this month. Regional workshops will be held six times a year, national events every six months.

Further demonstration schemes may be added later and it is being hinted by senior sources that the Channel Tunnel Rail Link may be one of the additions.

The projects will be analysed by a team of five industry secondees, supported by a four-strong government-backed secretariat. They will be guided by a executive group of 10 industry figures, who in turn will be overseen by a steering group consisting of Construction Minister Nick Raynsford, BAA chief executive Sir John Egan and Construction Industry Board chairman Tony Jackson.

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