Leading infrastructure clients come together to tackle industry big challenges

As part of the new civil infrastructure theme, on 11 December 2013 CIRIA brought together senior representatives from national civil infrastructure client organisations including Crossrail, Environment Agency, Gatwick Airport, Highways Agency, London Underground, Northumbrian Water, and Thames Water to facilitate cross-sector dialogue and identify common challenges and potential collaborative solutions.

Discussions on how client organisations can provide leadership to transform good practice in the construction industry utilised the themes of the Industrial Strategy for Construction and the ‘Construction 2025’ targets as a basis. The group identified a number of opportunities for new collaborative activities in 2014. The first of these activities, a second meeting of the client group followed by an evening event for Core and Associate members on 13 March 2014, will focus on ‘big data’ and how technologies such as BIM can be applied to both the construction phase and the management of infrastructure assets, networks and systems.

Through its new civil infrastructure theme, CIRIA will benefit from its unique position to enable joined-up thinking, providing important guidance and knowledge-sharing through a series of activities including round-table meetings, seminars and conferences. Further details are available here, and for further information on how to get involved please contact ben.kidd@ciria.org.