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November 23rd, 2022

What is it?

Integrated Project Delivery is a construction project delivery method that seeks improvements in:

  1. Efficiency
  2. Effectiveness
  3. Productivity

Throughout all phases of design, fabrication, and construction and even sometimes into operation; it requires active collaboration from all participants, such as:

  • People
  • Systems
  • Business structures
  • Practices
Integrated Project Delivery combines ideas from integrated practice and Lean Construction

Can you imagine a world where:

  • Facilities managers, end users, contractors, and suppliers as well as designers/consultants/architects are all involved from the beginning of the project
  • Processes are outcome-driven, and decisions are not made solely on a cost basis
  • Communications throughout are clear, concise, open, transparent, and are trusted
  • Designers fully understand the consequences of their decisions at the time the decisions are made
  • Risk and reward mechanisms are value-based and balanced across all team members over the life of a project
  • A higher quality and sustainable built environment are consistently delivered

Integrated Project TeamThe objective of IPD is to increase productivity and reduce waste – waste being resources spent on activities that do not add value to the product.  For the duration of the project, it aims to avoid overruns, improve final product quality, and reduce conflicts between the Client, Architect, Designer, and/or Contractor(s).

Why is this important?

Clients are increasingly adopting contractual models based on IPD and the use of Integrated Project Teams (IPT).

However, our own work in this area has highlighted that a basic understanding of the principles of IPD and the way IPTs need to work is worryingly low across stakeholders.

To help, based on our work assessing the way IPD is adopted and how IPTs operate, we have produced a set of ‘7 Golden Rules’ that aims to give guidance on how to succeed in an IPD world. Download your free copy here.

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Rob has been a director to the board of the Lean Construction Institute since 2018 and leads Bourton’s work in the infrastructure construction sector.  Over the last 25 years, Rob has developed successful relationships with a wide range of construction and businesses in both Public and Private sectors helping complex, regulated organisations improve their operational performance. Rob is recognised as an industry expert in the deployment of Lean within the Roads, Rail and Infrastructure space.

He has a reputation for successfully managing complex Lean improvement programmes as well as multi-disciplinary business reorganisations.

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