Individuals who can successfully demonstrate management and ship transformation can be a valuable useful resource on long-term initiatives, according to Bechtel President of Infrastructure Sean Kenny.
Speaking at the International Infrastructure Initiative event hosted by administration consultant McKinsey yesterday, Kenny said: “While we talk a lot about technology, management and communication will evolve into key items.”
Nonetheless, Kenny said companies that aren’t embracing the new way of doing things won’t be around in 10 years’ time and innovation was key. He said the civil engineering sector has changed rapidly in terms of technology use – partly due to necessity – but he has also seen quick policy changes to help bring the Internet down to zero.
He concluded, “Reducing carbon emissions, increasing social dividends on initiatives and access to information are precisely the issues we should be targeting.” “Those are big trends, although my comment might be that for these goals to be realized and their impact, we need to be far more purposeful, far more aligned and far less isolated as a business at the moment. . We want to consider how we’re going to get it.”
In a later session on the occasion, Marie-Claude Dumas, WSP’s International Director of Key Initiatives and Programs, echoed Kenny’s response to the importance of individuals in delivering optimistic change within business.
“The development business has been a fragmented business that has been resistant to change in terms of equipment and processes. When I consider the productivity achieved with the evolution from hand drafting to 2D CAD to BIM – while productivity has been beneficial properties, none of those tools modified the processes used to ship the initiative . We should also redesign the way projects are shipped.
“Additional eco-friendly collaboration processes will go a long way in the way we work. Right now we use different types of email, different types of PDFs, Excel record data and phrase paperwork to describe the challenge. It’s in all these completely different channels. Transfer to a specific knowledge environment will enable employees to enter current information on a regular basis and will also enhance the general productivity of the challenge to all concerned stakeholders.
“The young tech coming into the workforce now really rely on it and it’s a bit of a shock to them if it doesn’t.
“This change is about governance and the way we work, along with the ability to offer appropriate coaching to adapt to this change. The change will make work more attractive to our employees because the way we work is a far more environmentally sound way. So we can focus on innovation and explore new ways to design our infrastructure.”
Dumas said moving into an environment of common sense would also destroy the way the sector works at this time.