The Generals - Spring/Summer 2016 - (Page 9)
By Clive Thurston
Have we learned
nothing in all of these
decades about fair,
practices for design
s a great philosopher once said, "It appears to be Déjà-vu all over
So it is not surprising that we in this industry seem to continue to replay yesterday's issues, causes and themes. When
we were researching the history of the OGCA for our 75th Anniversary, it
was interesting that Board Agendas and minutes from each decade had
the same key issues.
Issues such as safety, apprenticeship, contract clauses, fairness and
transparency of tendering continually repeated themselves. While the issues
remain, the details have kept time with new technology or procurement
practices that have developed. Or have they?
The OGCA is not alone in experiencing this phenomenon, as many of our
fellow stakeholders recount the same reoccurrence of key issues relative
to their members.
Recently, the OGCA has been responding to more and more complaints
of public buyers reverting to old habits which, when you question them, they
actually believe it is something new. They often claim that the processes and
systems they are putting in place are better and have not been tried before!
Reality is quite different as procurement of design and construction
services has benefited from new technology, such as BIM, and electronic
tendering. The integrity, ethics and ultimate goal of designing and building
Yes, we are developing better ways to improve, but that should not be
at the expense of our ethics and honour.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Generals - Spring/Summer 2016
Government Relations Report
Events, Upcoming Events & Member Milestones
Following Their Footsteps: A Profile of OGCA Chairman Jason Ball
Meet the 2016 OGCA Board!
COR – The Game Changing Revenue Driver
PCL Raises the Roof on BMO Field
78th Annual AGM & Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Investigative Solutions Network Inc. Provides Workplace Threat and Risk Assessment
New Technologies for Builders
How Lean Can Impact Construction
Five Things You Should Know about WSIB’s New Rate Framework
Index to Advertisers
The Generals - Spring/Summer 2016