WHO are you? Oo-ooh, oo-ooh!
A couple of weeks ago I blogged about “WHY”. Why it is that I’m involved with RTC and what drives me to do so.
This week I want to focus on “WHO”.
Traditionally RTC has been most well attended by architects and engineers – at least with reference to RTC Australasia in particular. This reflects the adoption of BIM in Australia, led principally by the design consultants. The impact of BIM (even in a ‘lonely BIM’ form) is significant enough to change the industry – for better or for worse. The trouble is, inasmuch as I know our community is skilled, passionate, enthusiastic and influential, it doesn’t mean we get everything right. If we share a method or a workflow that helps those like us, we feel good that we’ve made a difference. But what if we do so to the exclusion of others? Are we sitting and waiting for the engagement of others – particularly builders and owners, as if it’ll happen by itself? Or are we active in searching them out and working with them to exert even more change and positive impact on projects and our clients? I think we have a mix of the two. And I think we can do better, by a commitment to the latter.
As part of the RTC Executive Committee, I am charged with considering the strategic direction for the events we run, and the community we serve: WHO we are now, and WHO we need to be.
To reconcile the gap, we need to change. We need to offer more to others less well represented in our community currently. And we need to invite them, welcome them and engage with them. We need to understand more about their objectives, drivers and constraints, so we can more knowledgeably look to align our efforts – in a genuinely collaborative style. I’m talking about those ‘downstream’ from designers.
This year, this starts with Quantity Surveyors and Estimators, who are traditionally on the receiving end of models and drawings, however well or poorly they are produced. In a new one-day stream, we’re going to hear more about what’s required for design models to be better suited to quantity take-off and more. And no, it’s not just about including cost codes within our content. We’re going to have dialog between both designers and estimators about what would constitute a better result; a more useful deliverable. Then we can focus on how we achieve that.
We’re taking a similar approach with Construction Planning – again, in a one-day stream. If designers were to produce models more usable for construction planning – what would that look like? Is there a balance to be found without crossing over beyond design intent and associated duty of care? Is that balance in need of adjustment? How can we better align our efforts and achieve the win/win?
On top of this we’ve got loads more content at this year’s event that is construction- and fabrication-focused.
If you really want to help the industry, and you believe in genuine collaboration, I’d issue you with a challenge. I challenge you to help us get your quantity surveyors, your estimators, your construction managers and your construction planners to join us at this year’s RTC in the Hunter Valley. They’re a part of our industry, and they should be a part of your community.