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Collaborative Planning

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Historically, activities such as partnering, collaboration, consortium's and relational contracting have been viewed as the the domain of major organisations. However, in construction, skills, resources and experience are distributed through several tiers of engagement which all have a critical impact on project success.

The concept of collaboration is not new, however, transitioning this approach in a commercial business context in which companies collaborate can be challenging. The reputation in the industry is one of adversarial contracting, delays, overruning costs with a focus on risk transfer and claims.

However, examples of collaborative working best practice within construction industry frequently fails to harness the potential of collaboration effectively - although this is changing. For example organisations such as Network Rail are mandating that their 1st tier suppliers have systems and cultures in place that encourage and value collaborative working and are aligned to BS11000 - the British Standard for collaborative working.

Working collaboratively will become increasingly more critical to a construction projects success if industrialisation techniques are to be applied. Indeed collaborative planning touches every process involved in a construction project.

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Key terms:  BS 11000, Institute of Collaborative Working or ICW, 8 Life Cycle Model, Compete v Collaboration, Business continuity, Hard Process, Soft Process, Critical Path Planning