13th April 2021

Supporting our supply chain’s digital capability

In an increasingly technology and data driven sector, we are working to make sure that our supply chain has the digital capability to deliver what we and our clients need.

Over the past two years our procurement and digital construction teams have been working together to improve how we assess our subcontractors' digital competence.

Work began in 2019 with face-to-face workshops involving our top 250 Tier 1 where we shared our expectations around digital and BIM and introduced them to our supply chain digital capability assessment portal.

Subcontractors submit their credentials to the portal and complete a survey, scores from which are then measured against a set of benchmark criteria.

Moving forward we will be driving more value from the portal by using it to support project teams when they are reviewing information about potential subcontractors and to evaluate actual project performance in terms of digital capability.

The portal enables us to demonstrate to clients how we ensure the subcontractors working on their projects have the capability to deliver on their requirements, and how we use gap analysis of the data supplied to support their development.

We’ll be adding more training support and material and providing links to industry initiatives funded by the CITB to help our subcontractors further their digital understanding, awareness, and capability.

For more information, please contact Nick Leach, Head of Digital Construction.

  • Nick Leach

    Head of Digital Construction

    As Head of Digital Construction at Sir Robert McAlpine Nick is responsible for implementing and driving the integration of BIM and Digitalisation delivery nationally to ensure a consistent approach and innovative ways of working are adopted to support the overall Sir Robert McAlpine business strategy and roadmap.

    Nick is chartered with the CIOB and the member of the BRE global certified practitioner scheme. He has represented Sir Robert McAlpine at various industry BIM initiatives or groups such as CDBB, UK BIM Alliance, BSI and Build UK.

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