11 June 2020
Sponsored by Waterloo Air Products
The M23 J8-10 Smart Motorways Programme (SMP) by Kier Highways has developed a 'one team' approach across their supply chain. When they have collaborative planning, daily 4C meetings, safety initiatives, team talks, training or Christmas parties, they ensure their supply chain is included. This collaboration and tapping into their specialist supplier’s extensive knowledge have contributed to the success of operations and the delivery of our SMP leading efficiency value of £46.1m.
Kier Highways has implemented the important lean continuous improvement techniques of collaborative planning and production control, and delivered tangible benefits. Discussions and commitments in collaborative sessions mitigated weeks of potential delays to the programme and their supply chain were key contributors to the process.
Delivery of their improvement ethos involved clients, designers, contractors and supply chain, who were invited to lean training and worked on lean interventions. One lean initiative example was the development of their ‘BIM Station’, a bespoke standalone pod located within the site office, where the 3D BIM model is constantly open for instant review by Kier construction teams, designers and supply chain for collaborative discussions and problem-solving. Demonstrations of BIM station collaborations have delivered significant programme savings and cross-functional teams regularly gather around it discussing buildability and feedback improvements. One supply chain foreman said, “it is great that this resource is shared across all suppliers. Every day I see people round it, sorting out issues before they become problems”.
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All parties integrating into their 'one team' approach has resulted in the delivery of an AFR of Zero and over 1.6m hours worked without a Lost-time Incident.
About the Integration & Collaborative Working Award:
Collaborative working is central to the core values of Constructing Excellence and its drive for positive change in construction. It is most likely to manifest in the delivery of specific projects, however those who can demonstrate a culture across a series or programme of projects show leadership in a sustained approach. Integration of the supply chain, the client and end users will normally lead to a better outcome satisfying all stakeholders.