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Better Construction Briefing

ISBN: 978-0-632-05102-1
168 pages
September 1999, Wiley-Blackwell
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Very few buildings finish on time or at the right price, and clients often criticise the fact that the finished building is not what they expected. Poor communication between the parties at one or more stages of the construction process seems to be the cause, and improved briefing practice has long been recognised as one important area where such communication could be improved.

This book examines the briefing process to understand its strengths and weaknesses and the problems involved, draws on the experience of other disciplines and industries, and identifies best practice and purpose innovations in the briefing process. It is strongly industry oriented while drawing on sound research.

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction and focus.

2. Empowering the client.

3. Managing the project dynamics.

4. Appropriate user involvement.

5. Appropriate team bu9ilding.

6. Appropriate visulasation techniques.

7. Implementing change.

8. Case Study 1. Empowering the client.

9. Case Study. Appropriate user involvement.

10. Case Study 3. Managing the project dynamics.

11. Case Study 4. Appropriate user involvement.

12. Conclusions.

Appendix A. Further Reading.

Appendix B. Functional Brief.

Appendix C. Description of the research basis of the book.



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Author Information

Peter Barrett is Professor Management System in Property and Construction at Salford University's 5 rated Research Centre for the Built and Human Environment. Professor Barrett has specialised in research in areas such as practice management, facilities management, quality, health and safety, environmental management, briefing and innovation. He is Coordinator of Working Commission 65 (Organisation and Management of Construction) of the Conseil International du Batiment.

Catherine Stanley is a researcher at Salford University at the Research Center for the Built and Human Environment her research includes construction briefing and facilities management. She trained as an architect at Oxford Brookes University.

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The Wiley Advantage

* improving briefing by clients and their professional teams a very topical subject
* draws on research carried out by mixed group of academics and industrial partners, partly funded by government
* few books on the subject
* Peter Barrett, author of Blackwell Science's successful book Facilities Management
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