Keep up with what is happening at Members’ Forum with blogs from delegates on important issues being discussed at the forum
This year’s Members’ Forum was held in the historic city of Edinburgh. As many of you know, the CIOB’s Members’ Forum is an annual event, bringing together leading construction professionals from across the globe, along with CIOB Trustees, staff and delegates, to talk about the industry’s major issues and the future direction of the Institute.
Scotland’s construction industry has a pivotal national role to play, shaping the future of our diverse built environment improving place making and the lives of our citizens who use them.
The construction industry used to be on a par with other industries for productivity but over the past 50 years has fallen behind. I am a firm believer that, to catch up and speed up productivity, we must prioritise digital innovation in construction. And what better way to do this than to embrace the young people that grew up with smart phones and computers in hand?
In February 2017, the report into defects that led to the closure of 17 schools in Edinburgh was published. In response to this report and wider concerns about quality in the industry, the CIOB announced that it was setting up a Commission of Past Presidents to investigate the issue of quality in construction, which was launched at Members’ Forum in Cardiff. In that same month the fire at Grenfell Tower claimed the lives of 71 people.