Pioneers drive innovation in the construction industry

At our first IPD workshop, we brought together people who want to actively shape the future of the Swiss construction industry. Together with 30 clients, designers, contractors and researchers, we discussed how efficiency in the construction industry can be increased through integrated execution models and the resulting process innovation. This is because delays, cost overruns and quality deficiencies occur time and again, especially in larger, complex and risky projects. The joint discussion focused on how to align the interests and goals of the various parties involved in construction toward a common goal.

From practice

The basis for such a discussion is provided by the proximity to practice-relevant projects of HHM Group (HEFTI. HESS. MARTIGNONI.), Implenia and Philipp Wieting – Werknetz Architektur AG, which already live approaches of integrated execution models in Switzerland. Impulse presentations from research by Magdalena Mateescu, Manfred Huber and Hartmut Schulze as well as Dirk Hoffmann from the perspective of a commissioner as ex-CEO of V-ZUG served as inspiration for the workshop.

Together with the participants, we were able to develop the first building blocks of a target construction kit to show which common goals are relevant for future buildings. The agreement on objectives made it clear that this is a process involving a joint development process in which the objectives are increasingly fleshed out with the commissioning building owners and finally adopted in a binding manner. This is a co-creation process and it needs appropriate methods and tools, such as workshops and visits.

What next?

As further steps, we will develop methods and tools in the IPD-Lab together with industry and research to launch further projects according to integrated unwinding models. The focus is particularly on involving the client in the construction process in the long term. This builds know-how to optimize the goals for the user.