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Ductwork is Difficult?

  • December 6, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 174).    At the end of 2018 I am starting to reflect on the good and bad projects. However, I keep coming back to ductwork installations, they must be really difficult, right?  We can put a man on the moon, Elon Musk…

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“Me” People Vs “We” People

  • November 30, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 173). NLP training teaches you to listen, I mean really listen.  If you listen to peoples “unfiltered” conversational language you can identify if their primary sense i.e. their preferred information intake path, is visual, verbal or kinaesthetic and then tailor your communications…

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Soft Skills

  • November 22, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 172).       I have an evolving theory. The number of letters after someones name on their business card is inversely proportional to how good they are at their job.  Last month I was given a business card from an “engineer”…

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R.I.P. PFI – P3 – DBFM

  • November 9, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 170).   Now what?  No, I am not talking about the death of acronyms, although that would be a great idea. I am talking about the beginning of the end for PFI / P3 / DBFM.  In the UK, the Chancellor of…

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Code Compliance is NOT Commissioning

  • November 1, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 169).    Building code compliance consulting is NOT building commissioning. Building code compliance consultants, please stop pretending to be commissioning subject matter experts. There is a trend in some countries for building code compliance consultants to convince their clients that building commissioning…

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Rising Factories

  • October 26, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 168). Rising Factories, now this is progress. What is your response North America? I can’t hear you…….. I am a huge fan of pre-fabrication to minimize onsite work. Rising Factories take things to whole new level.  Mace, a UK construction firm has…

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Design & Build? Still Nope!

  • October 19, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 167).    Design & build in the property industry comes under the general heading of “stupid things we continue to believe in despite mountains of evidence to the contrary that it produces poor outcomes”.  The purpose of design and build is to:…

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Ethics & Red Lines & Plastic Bottles

  • October 12, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 165).    Where is the red line for ethics in the property industry and for you personally?  What are the externalities of poor ethics, corruption and cronyism?  Our next guest (dropping October 15th) on the Edifice Complex podcast discusses ethics with some…

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