The RIBA Plan of Work 2013: an overview John Orrell, find Director of the DLA Design Group and member of the RIBA Core Review Group for the Plan of Work 2013

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What are the key benefits? Fit for purpose for the construction industry in the 21st century to help deliver capital and operational efficiencies, carbon reductions and better briefing and outcomes, more efficient design processes, suitable for all sizes and types of project, suitable for all procurement routes, for use by the whole project team, simple, adaptable and an online tool.

Why now? To reflect the increasingly complex construction landscape, including the UK Government Construction Strategy, changing procurement processes, the need for earlier collaboration and project team assembly, the importance of client briefing, the importance of handover and post occupancy work, the increasing use of information management including BIM, the complexity of design stages including specialist subcontractor design, and changes in approach to town planning.

How was it developed? Timeline explaining consultation and review group process. What is new? Explanation of new work stages and numbering 0-7, as opposed to the existing A –L. What does it mean for users? An explanation of project and practice specific plans and a demonstration of how to use the online tool to create your own plan.

BIM – Hype, hysteria or hope? John Eynon, Director/Consultant, Open Water Consulting

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The built environment industry is the last major bastion of resistance to the digital age, but this resistance is on the wane under the relentless onslaught of BIM, Big Data and the Smart City movement. The presentation will provide an overview of the current digital context, a brief introduction to BIM and UK strategy, and provide some resources for follow up and pointers towards future developments. And along the way provide some answers to the question “why should I should I care about BIM at all?”

Procurement and project design for archaeology and infrastructure works. The quality, innovation and price relationship Jay Carver, Project Archaeologist Crossrail Ltd

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Crossrail Ltd are undertaking up to £5million pounds worth of direct archaeological works during its construction. How has the work been designed and procured? What are the key milestones in that process and what was the framework for appointing suppliers? How were quality, innovation and price assessed, and what lessons can be learnt for clients and the supply chain for future projects? Some thoughts on pricing strategies and different procurement and risk frameworks will be discussed.  Finally what is the crucial role played by design archaeologists and how can archaeological fieldwork companies ensure that they are able to deliver projects with high research, community, and educational impacts whilst meeting the expectations of construction managers and project funding bodies?

The English Heritage new model: an update Stephen Trow, Heritage Protection Director, English Heritage

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By the time the FAME Forum meets, it is anticipated that the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will have decided whether to adopt the new model for English Heritage. These new arrangements, originally put forward by the Commissioners of English Heritage, would represent the most radical change to the way England’s historic environment is managed since the organisation was created in 1984.

Historic England, the new non-departmental public body responsible for advising government on the historic environment would also be operating in a heritage sector itself undergoing considerable change. This presentation will provide an opportunity to update FAME members on the new model proposals and the outcome of the recent consultation on the National Heritage Protection Plan, which will guide the future priorities of Historic England.

Designing a profession: the value of chartership Peter Hinton, Chief Executive, Institute for Archaeologists

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This presentation will discuss how and why IfA has successfully petitioned for a Royal Charter of Incorporation, and what the consequences may be for archaeology and archaeologists: IfA members, FAME members and the rest.

It will outline work IfA is engaged in with the client sector, including CIRIA, and how that is intended to influence market function and promote design-led commissioning. Finally it will suggest how IfA and FAME can work in complementary ways and will report on collaboration between the two organisations.

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