Last edited 07 Mar 2019

Construction knowledge task group

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The construction industry is not maximising the value it extracts from its knowledge, and much of the knowledge it creates does not affect practice on the ground.

This is because practitioners and other stakeholders; may be unaware of knowledge assets, they may not have access to them, they may not have the time or capability to understand them, or they may be in a form that is difficult to apply. As a result, the industry is less productive, less innovative and more likely to make mistakes than it should be.

The Construction Knowledge Task Group (CKTG) includes representatives of institutes, associations and the wider industry. Its purpose is to optimise the creation and dissemination of documented, practical, applicable knowledge that enhances productivity and supports compliance by:

Making it as easy as possible for practitioners and other industry stakeholders to:

  • Find the right knowledge when it is needed.
  • Access that knowledge.
  • Extract the maximum value from that knowledge.

For more information see the File:Construction knowledge task group position paper v4.pdf.

The Task Group has established three workstreams to progress this agenda:

  • Indexing construction knowledge: How should construction knowledge be ‘tagged’ so that it is easier to identify specific types required by practitioners?
  • Finding construction knowledge: Could new search tools be developed to help practitioners find the knowledge they need when they need it.
  • Accessing construction knowledge: Is it possible to co-ordinate subscriptions, sign up forms, memberships and pay walls and to make them more flexible so that it is easier to access multiple knowledge sources through one search query.

[edit] Task group meetings

The second meeting of the of the Construction Knowledge Task Group took place on Thursday 17 January in the offices of Cundall. The meeting agreed the three workstreams that would be pursued.

The first meeting took place on Friday 28 September in the London Offices of CIOB. This followed an industry working group meeting on 9 May 2018 to establish the level of support for creating a task group.

[edit] Task group resources

[edit] Task group membership

Membership of the group includes representatives from:

  • AEC3 UK
  • AHMM
  • Arup
  • BRE
  • CIAT
  • CIOB
  • Constructing Excellence
  • Construction Leadership Council
  • Cundall
  • Designing Buildings Wiki
  • i3P
  • ICE
  • IHS
  • Invennt
  • Mace
  • Polypipe
  • RIBA
  • RICS
  • Rider Levett Bucknall
  • Skanska
  • SRM
  • Stroma
  • The Get It Right Initiative
  • University of Dundee