Innovation in Construction
Innovation is a wide concept that includes improvements in processes, products or services. It involves incorporating new ideas which generate changes that help solve the needs of a company and so increase its competitiveness.
Improvement of Organisation of Activities
Identification of the need and opportunity for innovation: by analysing construction methods during the planning phase, potential alternatives and innovative ideas that will help attain project and company objectives; this stage is heavily influenced by the scope, complexity and difficulty of the project, as well as market demand, business opportunities, legislation, access to new technologies
Along with safety, teamwork also enables us to have clear and open lines of communication. Good communication means that everyone can voice their opinion. If every member of your team feels empowered to voice their opinion, that means a better, more trustworthy workforce. Building trust ensures that workers are comfortable sharing their suggestions and concerns. This open communication will also translate into more successful projects, as well.
Transfer to future projects: in order for the results to be exploited they need to be successfully transferred to other construction projects. In other words, the innovation process terminates when it is learnt, encoded and re-applied.
In competitive environments a superior New Product Development Process (NPD) has become essential condition to ensure technologically up-to-date product lines whose characteristics of performance, cost and distribution meet customer expectations. Systematization of a NPD means to define the activities, information, rules, methods, roles, gates and integrated systems to support the activities.
Improvements in Company's Competitiveness
Continuous improvement is an ongoing effort to improve all elements of an organization. It rests on the belief that a steady stream of improvements, diligently executed, will have transformational results.
Continuous improvement is an ongoing effort to improve all elements of an organization—processes, tools, products, services, etc. Sometimes those improvements are big, often they are small. But what’s most important is they’re frequent. All these combined can help improve competitiveness.
Assessment: the team and the company must assess whether an innovation project's objectives have been fulfilled. All the stages of the innovation process should be considered, in addition to any related aspects.
Referring to learning and knowledge development intended to increase organizational performance through the exploration of new possibilities. Exploration can be though of as the invention or discovery of a new technology . ""The essence of exploration is experimentation and new alternatives.
Key five prominent factors which the project managers perceived to impact on client satisfaction which are: effective financial management; use of skilled workers;
use of advanced technology; customer relation management and time management.
Other contributors to client satisfaction include effective team leadership, project monitoring,
communication and adequate knowledge and skills.
Fox Construction Group (UK) Ltd takes immense pride in achieving the highest levels of client satisfaction, working with a collaborative approach on all projects.
Creativity is thinking up new ideas.
Innovation is doing new things