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“CommentThe Industrial Strategy for Construction will be announced on 2 July 2013 by PeterHansford, Government Chief Construction Advisor. Peter gave an early insight intohis plans (pages 8-9) at CIRIA’s Member Day event on 16 May. The Industrial Strategyrepresents a significant move forward by seeking to bring together a range of initiatives,work strands and industry stakeholders into one coherent strategy. This type ofconsensus building activity is very familiar to CIRIA where collaboration is at the veryheart of all our activities. Nowhere is collaboration more important than in CIRIA’s research projects and on p24-27 readers will get a flavour of some recent projects: This edition’s spotlight falls on the International Levee Handbook (ILH) project, which will culminate in the publication of a 1000+ page international good practice guide covering the evaluation, design, implementation, maintenance and management of levees. The project has been co-ordinated by CIRIA over four years, across five countries with 10 chapter teams and is expected to become, like many CIRIA guides, the authoritative good practice guide. The cover article on p2-7 celebrates 150 years of the Tube. Paul Ebbutt, Principal Client Engineer – Civils & Stations, of London Underground (LU) discusses the challenge of maintaining this infrastructure. The construction of the underground network took place in several phases with each period adopting new techniques and materials that have left their challenges and legacies. As part of their 150th anniversary celebrations, LU will be hosting the next CIRIA Premier Event on 17 October at the new Transport for London (TfL) offices in Central London so make sure you add this date to your diary! BIM (Building Information Modelling), which is attracting much attention thanks to UK Government strategy, is examined on p20-23. The industry is getting ready to adopt BIM supported by the work of various UK Government and industry sponsored groups. Many of the benefits of implementing BIM depend on all stakeholders engaging and collaborating in a well-informed way. This is explored and developed in CIRIA’s newly launched BIM strategy training course for clients and consultants. Finally, on p12-13 Ben Kidd, CIRIA’s Network Manager, discusses how the CIRIA Network has helped CIRIA maintain its position at the forefront of driving and supporting industry improvement. The Network continues to promote good practice as well as underpinning CIRIA’s collaborative, cross-sector and cross-disciplinary approach to knowledge sharing. During the last year the Network held over 35 events attended by some 2000 delegates overall, providing unrivalled opportunities for member engagement. Details of how to get involved in CIRIA’s Network, projects and events can be found throughout this issue of Evolution or by visiting www.ciria.org I trust you will find these articles of interest and we look forward to working with you to develop and deliver industry improvement. Bill Healy Chief Executive


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