Collaboration is not a revolutionary concept. A Grimm’s fairy tale describing villagers working together to produce a delicious stone soup has been teaching children the concept for centuries. Boulting understand the importance of collaboration and that it needs to be at the heart of every project if it is to be successful. Here, we explain the benefits integrated project delivery (IPD) and the collaborative culture it produces, can bring to engineering projects.
In recent years, traditional ways of delivering engineering projects have become less common. Instead of contractors working separately on a particular area, new, collaborative methods such as
Integrated project delivery is a collaborative alliance which aims to integrate the best aspects of people, systems, business structures and practices to optimise the results of a project.
For the client, this often means a smoother, coherent experience. The process encourages correct behaviours and communication. The investment each contractor has in the overall project means
As every member of the project delivery group takes shared responsibility for the job, risk
The culture produced by the proportional splitting of risk is one of the crucial reasons for IPD’s success. It brings about a communal atmosphere, which makes every member of the team feel secure. Instead of worrying about their individual roles and responsibilities, their primary concern becomes how to make the project the best it can be.
When space restrictions don’t allow for the ideal situation of shared office space, another option is to provide a common space which everybody can meet in, even if they don’t work from
Transparency can ensure the project runs smoothly and reduces the risk of going over budget. The resulting increased sense of security means every part of the project delivery group can focus on their specialism.
By giving each contractor the freedom to explore the project, they can use their specialist expertise to ensure their section of the overall project meets client expectations.
Transparency is a major benefit of
Integrated project delivery encourages a collaborative atmosphere and harmonious working environment, among other practical benefits. Working together in this way often leads to smoother run projects, which end up closer to budget, similar to how the villagers gained a tasty soup from a stone in the Grimm’s fairy tale.
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