Discuss various efforts in developing a performance based culture within Highways England (HE), and across its supply chain and stakeholders. Highways sector is characterized by its slow pace of change, low productivity, waste, fragmentation and 1 long

MSc/PgDip/PgCert Construction Management Performance and Integration Management in the Built Environment 2016 (FT / PT / DL) This assessment contributes 100% of the marks for the above module

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1. BRIEF

BIM REPORT – LEAVERAGING BIM FOR ASSET MANAGEMENT

You have been appointed as a strategic analyst to the Highways England (HE) to advise them on how it could leverage Building Information Modelling (BIM) related technologies and processes to better manage its assets. The role of Highways England is to operate, maintain and modernise the UK’s road network. Your client is keen to achieve savings of up to 20% and efficiency gains in life cycle management of its asset data. They would like to explore the possibility of using BIM and associated IT infrastructure in their drive to achieve Lean-based efficiency improvements and six sigma based quality enhancements to support whole life asset management. You will need to consider not only the strategic technical and process issues of BIM, but also the performance and collaboration implications for the teams using them.

You are required to produce a 6000 word report that includes the following sections to address the issues that are raised. The report should link practical considerations specific to the organisation with ideas drawn from the module material and additional reading. It should be presented in the form of a report suitable for submission at board level of Highways England and include an executive summary and detailed references linking the practical material to theoretical ideas and models. Sections 1 to 3 should be no longer than 3000 words.

Section 1: Developing a Performance Based Culture

Discuss various efforts in developing a performance based culture within Highways England (HE), and across its supply chain and stakeholders. Highways sector is characterized by its slow pace of change, low productivity, waste, fragmentation and long established processes. There is a keen desire to accelerate project and programme delivery from concept to completion. Discuss role BIM and other related technologies and processes can play in driving innovation in a fast changing external environment and in addressing aforementioned challenges.

Section 2: Best Practice Review

Review industry best practice and case studies in use of BIM for Infrastructure Asset management. Benchmark HE existing processes with industry best practice. Discuss role BIM can play in integration of the workflows and business processes. Your focus should be on “I” (i.e. Information) in the BIM, and discuss how processes should be designed to ensure that information remains accessible to the right person at the time and cost. How to quantify and document benefits realised through life cycle cost savings.

Section 3: Recommendations

Make SMART recommendations on how your client should leverage BIM to enhance its productivity and performance management processes. Your key recommendations must be supported by ideas drawn from the module material, developments in other industry sectors and additional reading. Recommendations should be presented in the form suitable for submission at board level, but with detailed references linking the practical recommendations to theoretical ideas and models.

Section 4: Team collaboration

Describe the structure and culture of the team that will facilitate the most effective and efficient use of BIM and related technologies by Highways England. Discuss the benefits for team performance of using BIM and related technologies for information management. Include examples from your reading to support your arguments.

Section 5: Successful organisational change

Organisational change involving the implementation of information communication technologies such as BIM can fail if insufficient attention is given to the changes to working practices and collaboration required by the people expected to use the new technologies. Provide a short set of recommendations that identify some of the factors that management will need to consider to enable the successful implementation of BIM, and discuss their importance. You should provide detailed references that link practical recommendations to theoretical ideas and models presented during this module and your wider reading about the subject.

Section 6: Collaborative relationship & managing disputes

Relationships impact every aspect of business operations. Collaboration may occur as individual one-to-one partnerships or it may involve multiple parties working together such as external alliance partners, suppliers, internal divisions and customers. An organization must therefore take a structured approach to partnering and be confident that the relationship will complement and enhance existing business activities. You should use your knowledge of collaborative relationship to discuss how Highway’s

England can resolve conflicts.

 

2. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

TASK A

FORMAT

The assignment is to be submitted in report format and as such should have a formal structure and layout. It should be submitted as a single document.

LENGTH

Should not exceed 6000 words and represent approximately up to 80 hours of research application and writing.

REFERENCING

All submissions shall have a bibliography of references and sources used in the preparation of the project. The Harvard style of referencing must be used.

SUBMISSION

This assignment MUST be submitted electronically through Turnitin®

3. ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Item

 

 

Marks

Voice of the customer analysis

 

 

15%

Best practice review

 

 

15%

Recommendations

 

 

15%

Team collaboration

 

 

15%

Managing the organisational change process

 

 

15%

Collaborative relationship and managing disputes

 

 

15%

Presentation  of  report  (including   presentation,

structure,

clarity  of

10%

expression, inclusion of executive summary and conclusions) and use of

 

Harvard referencing system and evidence of wider reading of the subject.

 

MARKING SCALE

 

 

 

At Postgraduate Level 7 the following marking scale shall be used:

 

Outstanding

90%

– 100%

 

Excellent

80%

– 89%

 

Very good

70%

– 79%

 

Good

60%

– 69%

 

Satisfactory

50%

– 59%

 

Unsatisfactory

40%

– 49%

 

Inadequate

30%

– 39%

 

Poor

20%

– 29%

 

Very poor

10%

– 19%

 

Extremely poor

0%

–  9%

 

 

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES ADDRESSED

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Agree objectives, work plans and schedules with teams and individuals ensuring that these are realistic and achievable within organisational constraints and take account of the abilities and development needs of the team members
  • Assess objectively the performance of teams, in a manner most likely to maintain and improve effective performance, clearly explaining the purpose of the monitoring and assessment and taking into account the personal circumstances of team members and the organisational constraints of their work
  • Effectively provide clear well-balanced feedback to teams and individuals in a way likely to maintain effective performance
  • Enhance the trust and support of colleagues and superiors and provide guidance on values at work
  • Develop and maintain relationships with people who are affected by the project by developing, maintaining and encouraging good working relationships.

 

Transferable/Key Skills and other attributes

Develop Communication and Presentation Skills by

  • taking part in group discussions
  • writing reports for senior management Numeracy
  • collect, analyse and record data
  • presentation of the findings of research IT Skills
  • use web technology for research
  • use on-line discussion boards in a synchronous and asynchronous way Learning skills
  • use E-learning through the medium of the Internet
  • personal development planning

Develop Interactive and Group Skills by

  • holding group meetings via the Internet Develop Thinking Skills by
  • critical thinking through argument and peer debate
  • critical reflection on current practice

 

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