Ray Crotty on why Sir John Egan got it wrong

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  1. Great article and nice angle. Just one questions, how can we achieve perfect information without collaboration? Surely we need to work together to define what perfect information looks like?

  2. I totally agree that Egan got it wrong, [so did Latham] There is nothing that is produced that is good or accurate and senior managers [it does not matter how qualified they are] have little proper knowledge or practical common sense. The industry produces far too many documents that contractors have to plough through, that are meaningless and only get looked at in the event of a major dispute. Information need to be specific and targeted at the right person, the roofer does not need to know about the reinforcement in the foundations. From what I have seen of BIM that is going to be another farce. Let’s go back to the days when an architect actually knew what he had drawn, could talk intelligently about it and handed you a dyeline print on site. We had a much smaller staff, buildings still got built on time and on programme generally to a better standard. It still amuses me that Richard Rogers Partnership when complying with CDM on Terminal 5 did not cater for changing the light bulbs. Are they being charged for the cost of replacing the light bulbs?

  3. I have worked on collaborative contracts where there is a great will to work together to overcome unforeseen problems. Things tend to break down when something goes wrong and one party (usually the client) feels that they aren’t getting the deal they are paying for, so the ‘blame game’ kicks-in. The tendency is to retreat, each to his (it’s usually men!) own trench but that is the moment to test the resolve of all sides to investigate the facts and then sit round the table to resolve the issue. Yes, it may be uncomfortable but collaboration was never meant to be an easy option. Often, one party hasn’t done something (or done it to the extent that others thought they would/should have). Having said that, better information will certainly help all round. This would make a good research topic.

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