Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering

2003

Dr Simon Beatham

Thesis

Development of an Integrated Business Improvement System for Construction

Project Title

Development of an Integrated Business Improvement System for Construction

Company

AMEC Design & Management

Supervisors

Academic:
Dr C Anumba
Professor A Thorpe

Industrial:
Mr G Cox

Director of Research:
Professor SA Austin

Research Period

1999 - 2003

 

Development of an Integrated Business Improvement System for Construction

Context/Background

The integration of design and construction, encompassing all the different disciplines and organisations involved in construction projects, has long been acknowledged as being a major problem within the construction industry. The shear complexity of relationships and number of parties involved means that integration must occur for successful project delivery. This research has been commissioned to investigate these problems and is focused on delivering innovative and timely solutions for the evolving industry as it responds to changing market forces. As such the direction of this research will be monitored against regular business reviews using the EFQM Business Excellence Model? to ensure that that it remains focused and relevant to the construction industry.

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the project is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of integration by identifying, reducing and overcoming the barriers to the integration of design and construction.

1. To review and identify the current barriers to the integration of design and construction functions, using the Business Excellence Model to ensure a balanced assessment is achieved. 2. Identify the critical success factors for integration and devise KPIs to measure these at project, department and business levels. 3. Develop a method of representing the measurement of the level of integration at project, department and business levels. 4. Use the model developed in (3) to assess ACL ( as a case study organisation) in order to ascertain the shortcomings of the current integration efforts 5. Having ascertained the level of integration within ACL, develop and propose strategies and best practice guidelines to improve a company’s efficiency and competitiveness through achieving better integration. 6. Implement strategies and best practice guidelines identified under Task 5, monitor, measure the success using model and refine.

Method and Current Status

Currently eight development projects are being undertaken within the case study organisation. These form the basis of much of the data being analysed within the project. Concurrently with this a high literature research is being undertaken to assess the current views on the barriers to integration. Involvement with the Movement for Innovation and the Construction Best Practice Programme will ensure that all current initiatives are assessed and incorporated where applicable.

Benefits/Expected Outcomes

  • Appreciation and understanding of the main issues restricting the performance of companies through poor integration.
  • Implementation of measurement models to assess the performance at various levels within the company.
  • Benchmark data, against which continuous improvement of company performance can be measured and assessed.
  • Improved company performance through the deployment of the strategies and best practice recommendations

Beatham, S., Anumba, C. J., Thorpe, A. and Hedges, I. (2004). KPIs - A critical appraisal of their use in construction. International Journal of Benchmarking, 11(1), pp. 93-117.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14635770410520320

Beatham, S., Anumba, C. J., Murray, M. and Thorpe, A. (2004).  The European Foundation of Quality Management (EFQM) Excellence Model: A Driver for Continuous Improvement. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Systems, 7(1), pp. 43-51.

Beatham, S., Anumba, C. J., Thorpe, T. and Hedges, I. (2005), An integrated business improvement system (IBIS) for construction. Measuring Business Excellence, Vol. 9 Iss: 2, pp. 42-55.

Beatham, S.M., Anumba, C.J. And Thorpe, A., (2002). Utilizing the EFQM Excellence Model to Drive Business Improvement, Proceedings, 9th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, Balkema, 9th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications, Cranfield University, 2002, pp 413-422.

Beatham, S. Anumba, C. and Thorpe, A. (2003). The Cultural Web in Business Improvement - An Industrial Case Study. 2nd International Conference on Innovation Developments in Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Loughborough, England, pp. 749-60.

Beatham, S., Murray, M., Anumba, C., Thorpe, T. and Hedges, I. (2003). Integration of Design and Construction - A Review. In: 10th ISPE International Conference On Concurrent Engineering: Research And Applications. 26-30 July, Madeira, Portugal. (A. Balkema Publishers 2003, ISBN 90-5809-623-8).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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