The vision for the co-developed PCSG project for a digitally connected supply chain model for the construction industry was outlined at a packed review day.

Polina Lazorkina, who is leading on the project at PCSG with our Manufacturing Head, Steve Thompson, shared details of the innovative project at an event organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network.

The review day was held to examine progress so far and plans for delivery of the key investments under the research and development programme of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

The digitally connected supply chain project – a collaboration between PCSG, the Construction Products Association (CPA) and MK9 Development- was selected a year ago for investment by the ISCF for Transforming Construction.

The event, in Birmingham, included an update from the Challenge Director of the programme and quick-fire presentations from the 20 plus project teams who made-up the first round of investment. The day also included a networking session to enable teams to assess opportunities for collaboration.

The PCSG / CPA and MK9 Development project will test the hypothesis that through the model developed, clients and supply chains get better outcomes by:

  • Defining objective, testable outcome-based requirements at each transaction point;
  • Clarifying information requirements and linking delivery to procurement;
  • Procuring products and services along the supply chain from reliable BIM data;
  • Linking requirements to ensure the value of offers being procured are clearly identified;
  • Updating the model at every transaction point to provide live updates on progress.

The improved results generated by an outcomes-based digital approach to the supply chain have already been seen in other sectors. MK9 Development has delivered platforms across several industries including healthcare and transport, which have typically delivered a 25% faster procurement process; typical savings of 8% on everything procured through the platforms; and a 95+% success rate in delivering products and services at the right cost, to the right quality and on time.

The project team have carried out a number of engagement workshops and interviews, in addition to extensive desktop research, to understand current issues and challenges, and are busy developing the new processes and technology.

For more details, contact Steve.Thompson@pcsg.co.uk or visit the dedicated Twitter account @supplydigitwin