Our collaboration team, Concentra, Costain and WMG, have successfully won both grants through two projects to support the UK construction industry as outlined below:
Platform for an Integrated Supply Chain in Construction
Our study will investigate the feasibility of using an innovative supply chain analytics capability to analyse a selected portion of a construction and engineering supply chain to identify levels and causes of unnecessary costs and delays. The solution will be applied to construction material, equipment and labour supply chains to provide visibility of material flows, demand and supply of resources and utilisations over time. The analysis will drill down to find root cause of inefficiencies and waste and identify opportunities for better integration and process improvement. The team will then assess the feasibility and benefits of applying supply chain best practice techniques that have been developed and proven in other industries. Building scenario models to investigate and demonstrate the impact of integrated supply chain practices built on principles of material flow and the levelling of demand on supplying resources. The findings from the project will be published and disseminated through supply chain and construction and engineering industry forums and a 'Discovery day' hosted by WMG.
Protecting Data to build strategic partnerships in Construction and Engineering
This project will develop and apply innovative data protection and information security techniques essential for a novel supply chain analytics tool. The tool was developed in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector, and is to be applied to the construction and engineering industry. The aim is to create a digitally-enabled environment within which construction organisations can build trust and create strategic partnerships necessary to achieve significant cost reductions in the supply chain. Sharing data in a trusted environment is essential to driving change in the industry. The data security issues include potential security breaches due to weaknesses in application security architecture, implementation and configuration. Breaches also occur as a result of poor access controls to sensitive data and the flow of that data between parties: data is either shared more widely than is necessary, or not shared at all. This project will take an approach that will allow access to data to be controlled not only by membership and role, but also according to content, context, time, place and need – all within a clear governance structure.