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‘Information overload’ campaign hails success

The Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services (ADCAS) and the HVCA Ductwork Group have announced the culmination of their joint campaign to tackle the problem of ‘information overload’.

The two parties said their efforts succeeded in raising the profile of the issue throughout the contractual chain. The government’s chief construction adviser Paul Morrell has included it in his strategy for industry reform.

The campaign was launched two years ago in response to the practice of ‘dumping’ large amounts of irrelevant and unfinished project information down the supply chain.

Ductwork firms were persuaded to take a lead, partly because the advent of information technology has significantly increased the problem - with large quantities of design information being supplied before it is ready for specialist input, or in a state of incompleteness that prevents the subcontractor being able accurately to cost the work.

The issue has also been cited as a major contributor to the estimated £5 billion wasted annually in the construction tendering processes.

“We have made great progress, but in order to find a lasting solution, we must look further up the construction chain,” said HVCA Ductwork Group chairman Kevin White (pictured).

“There must be a more comprehensive will within the industry to streamline tendering processes - in everyone’s interests.”
Paul Adlam, who chaired the ADCAS working party on information overload, congratulated all those involved in the campaign.

“We are not backing away from it now. Rather, we are challenging others across the supply chain to pick up our ball and run with it,” he added.