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November 2, 2011

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Project management and construction bodies come together

The future for project management in the construction industry looks positive, with the announcement of a new working relationship between two leading bodies in each sector.
The Association for Project Management (APM) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) have signed a memorandum of understanding with a view to mutual collaboration for the benefit of both the construction industry and the project-management profession.
According to the two organisations, by building on an already existing strong professional relationship, they will work towards mutual recognition of both parties’ membership standards, and will collaborate in the development of products and services for the benefit of all those engaged in project, programme and portfolio management.

APM chief executive Andrew Bragg (left in the picture) said: “APM is firmly committed to the concept of collaboration for the good of the profession, and so we are hugely confident that APM’s collaboration with CIOB will bring lasting benefit to the wider profession, whether through working towards mutual recognition of both parties’ membership standards or jointly developing products and services.”

His counterpart at the CIOB, Chris Blythe (right in the picture), added: “We have worked with the APM for some time and there will be a real benefit for our members, and us, as an institute, to formally increase that collaboration. We certainly don’t believe we have a monopoly of wisdom, but by working together we can improve the flow of knowledge, share new techniques and improve standards for the benefit of all.”

The APM is the largest professional body of its kind in Europe with around 19,000 individual and 500 corporate members. With more than 46,000 members the CIOB says it is the international voice of the building professional, representing an unequalled body of knowledge concerning the management of the total building process.

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12 years ago

Good stuff. Is this an approach which could be followed by ICE and I Struct E as other Professional Institutions involved in Construction?