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ODI Fridays: Helping the construction industry to share knowledge

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Fri Jul 10, 2020 13:00

38% of people in construction don’t have access to the knowledge they need to do their job, and don’t know what resources are available

Join us on Zoom at lunchtime for our regular ODI Fridays talks. Once you’ve signed up, we’ll send you the link to join.

Dozens of organisations in the construction industry publish thousands of resources each year to help practitioners understand how do their job more productively and safely. Yet in a 2018 survey the Construction Knowledge Task Group found that 38% of practitioners don’t have access to the knowledge they need to do their job, the primary reason given was that they don’t even know what resources are available. The result is a continuously low performing sector, which is slow to innovate and permits major safety failures, such as the tragedy at Grenfell, to happen. This is frustrating for publishers and practitioners alike.

In February this year we set off on a project to improve access to knowledge by creating a standard way of sharing data about what knowledge exists and how to access it. The project has involved the collaboration of over 20 publishers, professional institutions and supply chain partners and will enable new digital tools and services to be created that deliver resources to practitioners where and when they need it.

Tom Bartley, who led the project, will describe the challenges faced across the spectrum of knowledge organisations and provide insight into how the new Discoverable Construction Knowledge standard will help to solve these problems for the improvement of the industry.

About the speaker

Tom Bartley is co-founder and CEO of Barbal, a Bristol-based startup solving the problems of cross-organisational collaboration. Trained as civil engineer and with an EngD in digital transformation, he now supports professional communities in construction and manufacturing to solve industry-level problems with data. With Barbal he has developed an approach to solving standardisation problems called Open Consensus and is building a platform for community development of knowledge resources called StandardsRepo.