ECI, you’ve probably heard of the concept! You may even be actively working on implementation and would like some practical real-life examples to draw from.
Our experience tells us that there are fantastic, mutually rewarding and industry building solutions waiting to be discovered. It just requires the right approach to unlock them.
What is the most effective process at uncovering continuous improvement?
The term “ECI” originated in England’s Institution of Civil Engineering in 1998. So, in terms of global construction history, the approach (or at least the terminology) is relatively new.
Head contractors and clients appear to have been the early adopters, but the rise in participation of trusted sub-contractors in critical path trades may be the new frontier.
This excerpt from a research paper written by subject matter experts, explains that fantastic collaboration can happen when the right stakeholders have a win-win attitude; “The contractor can contribute with really beneficial construction knowledge and experience from either in-house resources or sub-contractors, but the client must balance the contractor’s focus on schedule and cost against the designer focus on value. Our findings indicate that designers and contractors capable of carrying out this balance successfully for their clients will have a major competitive advantage.”
We all want a competitive advantage. We all want to lower risk and increase performance and profit. Could this ECI approach be the most effective way to do all of this, for all parties?
There are many positive outcomes that we have seen as a result of our involvement in this approach and they are experienced by everyone involved, not just from our perspective as a subcontractor.