The ADCAS campaign to highlight the problems caused by excess information in the tendering process has won support from across the construction industry.
Andrew Eastwell, CEO of BSRIA said: 'Lean construction is not just a case of reducing inventory, it is about taking waste out throughout the process.
“The practice of passing on risk by bloating tender documentation with irrelevant material is far from lean and certainly not reducing either risk or cost.
“Better ways must exist that improves profitability for both parties and now is a good time to find out how to do it.'
ADCAS believes that a week's work could be cut from the tendering process for almost every major ductwork project if specifications were better defined in relation to specialist services.
If the time needed to sort through excess information on a CD could be cut, the final cost of the job could be significantly reduced.
But the trend towards dumping all of the project data and drawings onto a single CD, or a constantly changing website, is more than just a costly nuisance.
Very real financial risk is involved, as John Rowell chairman of the Industrial Refrigeration Contractors Section of BRA pointed out.
“Very often, when confronted with a mountain of information and a very tight deadline, the proposals engineer will succumb to the temptation to leave the contract conditions to one side, assuming they will be acceptable,” he said.
“Sadly, it is rare not to find terms which put the sub contractor at unacceptable risk and I’m fairly sure that some smaller companies enter a contract without a clue that they’ve accepted terms that could bankrupt them should things go wrong!”
ADCAS is actively seeking support from every sector of the construction industry.
The Association has set up an internet discussion group on LinkedIn called Information Overload - the elephant in the room
Anyone is welcome to join the group and exchange ideas on how the problem might be resolved.