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CIOB launches new guide to time management on complex projects

A new guide to keeping control of timescales on complex projects was published this month by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and publishers, Wiley Blackwell.

The ‘Guide to Good Practice in the Management of Time in Complex Projects’ has been written by an international team of construction experts, led by Keith Pickavance, who hope the book will make a major contribution to improved project performance. According to the former CIOB President, Mr Pickavance, “Complex projects in particular require an analytical approach if they are to succeed. Until now there has been no guidance produced on how to manage time pro-actively, and effectively on complex projects.”

The new guide is the first phase of a five-year CIOB strategy to provide standard education, training, and accreditation in time management and was preceded by CIOB research that revealed 67% of complex construction projects overrun their completion date. According to the research, in two thirds of projects where this is the case, the contractor is held responsible.

The CIOB website explains that the new handbook “uses a logical step by step approach to show how an effective time model can be used to manage the risk of delay to completion on construction projects. It demonstrates procedures and examples from inception and risk appraisal, through design and construction, to testing and commissioning that show practitioners the logical procedures to use”.

Following on from publication of the guide, the CIOB plans to make available training in time management. The Institute is also to develop an accreditation programme to assess individuals’ competence and the value they add to project delivery, through formal assessments, industry experience and peer-panel interviews.

Priced at £44.99, the Guide to Good Practice in the Management of Time in Complex Projects is available from the CIOB bookshop.

For more information go to www.ciob.org.uk


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