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Construction knowledge task group
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:
For more information see the CKTG Project Initiation Document.
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.
If you are interested in taking part or would like to join the CKTG mailing list, email [email protected].
 Task group meetings (most recent first)
The third meeting of the CKTG took place at the offices of RSHP in the Leadenhall Buildings in London on 1 July 2019. The CKTG Project Initiation Document and Memorandum of Understanding were adopted, and feedback was heard from the three workstreams. It was agreed that the next step would be to develop a stakeholder management plan and then to consult on proposals.
The first meetings of the three workstreams took place between March and June 2019.
The second meeting of the of the CKTG took place on Thursday 17 January 2019 in the offices of Cundall. The meeting agreed the three workstreams that would be pursued.
The first meeting of the CKTG took place on Friday 28 September 2017 in the London Offices of CIOB during which it was agreed to undertake an industry-wide survey about knowledge use in the UK construction industry (see below for results).
On 9 May 2018 an industry-wide meeting was held at the offices of Buro Happold to establish the level of support for creating a Construction Knowledge Task Group.
 Task group resources
- Newsletter. 11 July 2019.
- Project Initiation Document. 18 April 2019.
- Memorandum of Understanding. 18 April 2019
- Construction Knowledge Survey results in full. 10 January 2019.
- Construction Knowledge Survey results. Press release. 10 January 2019.
- Construction Knowledge Survey launch. Press release. 1 November 2018.
- File:Construction knowledge task group position paper v4.pdf. July 2018.
- Knowledge gap survey responses. 28 May 2018.
- Construction knowledge gap meeting. 9 May 2018.
- Example industry search engine. May 2018.
- An example RESEARCH FINDINGS article. March 2018
- Research findings dissemination template. March 2018.
- Fit for Purpose launch event. 21 September 2017.
- Fit for purpose - Big data reveals the construction knowledge gap. 21 September 2017.
- Draft construction industry knowledge standard. 2014.
- CKTG logo.
- Construction knowledge sources. Live document.
 Task group membership
Membership of the group includes representatives from:
- AEC3 UK
- Constructing Excellence
- Construction Leadership Council
- Designing Buildings Wiki
- Hoare Lea LLP
- IHS Markit
- Loughborough University.
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
- Rider Levett Bucknall
- The Get It Right Initiative
- University of Dundee
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