Highway Engineers: Back to basics
21 December 2017
Collaboration is a term that is much used these days in our profession and was made popular back in 1993 with the introduction of the New Engineering Contracts (NEC) throughthe Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), where partnerships were required to manage a less prescriptive format than had previously been used to that date.
This year the Southern Branch decided that it was time to revisit some of the principles of
collaboration and test the benefits.
An opportunity arose with a request from Howard Robinson, Chief Executive of Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA), to form a joint venture for this year’s seminar production whereby both organisations could share the platform on the day and provide a joint approach in ‘Back to Basics’.
With regard to the Branch’s need to provide CPD for its Members, last year Southern Branch reached a high point with its topic ‘Embracing Technology’, which looked into the future. It was decided to return to basics and commence a new cycle of training that would assist Members with progression to Professional Qualification.
From the more than 100 attending delegates the response was encouraging. The combination of IHE presenters – Richard Hayes, CEO, and Chris Dobson, Membership
and Qualifications Manager – giving details of the Institute’s services, coupled with industry presenters provided principally by members of the RSTA, together with seven trade stands, proved to be a winning formula.
It was shown that collaboration does work – long may it continue!
Chris Bowley IEng FIHE