The heads of construction for the framework have insisted that one of the first meetings for the individual projects must be a collaboration meeting with the site team from CMDP, the project management team from Southern waters and the subcontractors on-site management teams. They all sign up to a document that states that they will all work together in a non-adversarial way and this charter is posted on the office wall in a prominent place.
Requests from heads of construction are sometimes not enough therefore firm initiatives and action is needed and one of the mandatory tools required on all CMDP sites is the Collaborative planning board.
These are already in place as the unit offices are delivered. The collation of the information on these boards is facilitated by the site manager and updated by the contractor’s site seniors as work progresses.
As an ‘item of work’ and its duration is placed on the board, the logistics of access and areas of work are discussed and the group are now working together and looking out for each other and enabling positive program completion.
When asked about the benefits of this planning tool, site managers have said that it would be more of a struggle without it and all sub-contractors asked have stated that this working together initiative and planning it on the board system is of great benefit.
Good progress by the subcontractors or important milestone achievements are sent out to all sites and this gives all those working on the project the feeling of inclusiveness.