Tech Utilities Ellis Fox Blog

Tech for tomorrow – keeping utilities switched on

IoT and smart technology are becoming the accepted norm in society with people familiar with the ability to switch on security alarms or lights remotely using smart devices. For utilities companies, smart sensoring is being used to be able to better predict demand and areas of routine maintenance. But technology’s offerings go far beyond that….

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Tech skills - digital transformation

Tech skills – making digital transformation work in construction

While the construction industry in the UK is not generally known for its pioneering approach to digital transformation, it’s not necessarily stuck in the dark ages. There are some companies proving that technology can be hugely beneficial to business, from data analysis to engineering and design applications. Technology in itself is not necessarily holding back…

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Climate crisis Ellis Fox Blog

How will construction respond to the climate crisis?

The British government recently announced tough new legislation is on the cards to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis. This has been welcomed in principle because most people recognise that things need to change. We shouldn’t be as dependent on fossil fuels, for example, when there are opportunities to use cleaner energy sources. We…

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Infrastructure community benfit

What’s in it for us? – Are Main Contractors missing the point?

It’s quite logical that in most major infrastructure projects there’s a clear benefit to the community. Upgraded roads and rail lines facilitate smoother commuting. Utility upgrades result in fewer outages and better service delivery – in theory. Expanded rail networks ease congestion and delays. Yet it seems getting to that point where the community actually…

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Overspending EF Blog

The curse of mega projects

For contractors it’s a feather in their cap to say that they’ve worked on a particular mega project, perhaps it’s ego, or optimism, but is seems that there’s a distinct disconnect with the reality of what it takes to make a mega project succeed. No one denies that big projects are complex, so why aren’t…

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Technology Old School EF Blog

Technology – Construction just doesn’t get IT

In the last 30 years the world has undergone a massive transformation thanks to technology. Whereas in the 80’s computers were deemed a rare luxury that few people owned, now everyone uses not just computers but mobile phones to communicate on email, instant messenger and manage projects around the globe. Most people cannot imagine life…

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Direct labour force skills EF Blog

A direct labour force – is this the change construction needs to secure its future?

Traditionally the construction industry has relied heavily on contract labourers, many of them immigrants and workers from the EU. Now with the turmoil that is Brexit, it’s shining a spotlight on labour sources. If the UK institutes more stringent immigration laws then many existing contract workers may face deportation and not be allowed to continue…

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Hiring for tomorrow Ellis Fox Blog

How to successfully hire for today and tomorrow

There have been a lot of changes in senior management within the construction industry lately, with CEO’s, CFO’s and managing directors moving within the industry to other main contractors. This in turn has created opportunities for others to take on more senior roles. But are there people within your organisition that will be able to…

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Profit warning project delays Ellis Fox Blog

Profit warnings and project delays, just another day in construction…

You would think by now we know the industry and come to expect the inevitable project delay or profit warning. Yet somehow the industry still manages to be surprised when they are announced. Makes one wonder which reality they’re living in. If for months and years it has been the same old story and there’s…

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Hiring Construction

Hiring – What details are most important to prevent a disconnect?

There’s a lot of talk about getting hiring right, finding the right fit, matching personalities with culture and values. As much as HR and recruiters believe they are getting this right, not all managers that they’re hiring for agree. Here are my four suggestions to overcome this: Involvement HR may be responsible for hiring but…

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Construction UK decline

Too big to go bust? – not for PLC’s in Construction

There’s not much argument that PLC’s in construction are having a hard time of it. In 2018 it was Carillion making headlines and now just a quarter into 2019 it’s Interserve in administration – although pretty much everyone saw that coming. Maybe not the executive bonuses paid out the week before the paperwork started, but…

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People productivity

Profits, projects and people – Are Main Contractors dropping the ball?

You have to admit, the goings on in the construction industry have been a bit of a circus in recent years. It seems the industry is always on the back foot, having to come up with excuses as to why performance and output is down yet at the same time crying about the skills shortage…

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