BS 11000 – The Missing User Manual..

17 01 2012

Guest Blog from Andy Harrison (Managing Director of Daventry Business and Consultancy Services Limited)

What you need to know!

It will come as no surprise to anyone that the collaborative working/partnering is here to stay.  Network Rail Programme Director, Ian Ballantine’s interview with New Civil Engineer last November through to the announcement of the collaborative nature of the new Signalling Frameworks last week the momentum is starting to build.

What surprises me is the current level of engagement from the wider supply chain to find out what the direction of travel is and how they can get involved. 

Rail Champions has it on good authority that the current listings of infrastructure upgrades to be let as collaborative working projects by Network Rail include; Major Signalling Frameworks, GW Electrification, EGIP, Hitchin Enhancement Project, Birmingham New Street, London Bridge, and Shaftholme totalling approx £6bn over the next 5 years.

Existing Tier 1 organisations are likely to be directly involved at some point and it is pretty clear that the route to realise the real benefits of collaboration rest on the engagement of Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as well.  Some will need to seek formal accreditation but all will need to gain an awareness of how it will work and to have an entry level of knowledge in order to make informed decisions.

Certainly if BS 11000 is the route forward organisations need to be clear that is not a simple bolt-on in the way ISO 9001 accreditation has become. It requires commitment, engagement and a move to a culture of collaboration.

There will be a lot of talk generated about this and doubtless some resistance but at the end of the day we all know the targets that Network Rail need to achieve and if this is their chosen route then as an industry we need to help them rather than stand in the way.

To that end organisations should be getting informed and getting ready to engage with this initiative.

Kind regards
Andy Harrison
Managing Director (DBACs) and (Rail Knowledge Limited) 
Contact : 07825 130837

Rail Knowledge Event – 23/02/2012 (09:30-16:30) – Derby. 

An introduction to BS 11000 and Collaborative Business Practices.

Bookings now being taken




One response

20 01 2012
biżuteria srebrna

Great post! Thanks!

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