NCE's SWOT analysis of the industry's fitness to deliver the boom in workload forecast for 2007 (NCE 30 November) stated that 'the smartest minds are often working for consultants. . . contractors who are struggling to find good people'.
This kind of generalisation is a disgrace that has no place in a professional publication.
Every contractor has experience of working with poor quality designers and consultants, just as every designer or consultant will have worked with poor quality contractors.
I concede that contractors do sometimes waste a signicant amount of manpower and materials during the construction process.
Sometimes this is due to circumstances outside our control, such as weather conditions; sometimes it is simply poor management.
That said, I would like to know how much waste can be attributed to late delivery of design information, overconservative design and designs that are not properly assessed for their constructability.
Greg Riddle, site agent, 79 Bobbin Wynd, Cambusbarron, Stirling FK7 9LZ