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Construct IT

Construct IT for Business is an industry-led, non-profit making, collaborative, membership-based network. Formed in 1994, it is an initiative that aims to improve UK construction performance by helping industries, clients and participants achieve improved business processes supported by modern ITC/digital technologies.

It comprises leading edge organisations representative of the construction industry supply chain, in addition to professional institutes and Research and Development/academic institutions. The overall objective of Construct IT is to improve industry performance through the innovative application of the latest digital technologies, and act as a catalyst for academic and industrial collaboration.

What do we do?

Activities of Construct IT for Business include:

  • Providing an innovation network - we hold two key meetings per annum which include workshops, demonstrations and presentations by speakers from industry (including out-of-sector industries), academia, policy makers and other related network organisations.
  • Whole-life education - acting as a catalyst for academic and industrial collaboration, ensuring that the educational needs of employees in the construction industry are met to ensure skills that match available technologies.
  • Communications and dissemination - continually informing the industry of developments in leading-edge thinking and ICT/digital technologies.
  • Promoting research - highlighting the need for research in particular areas and working with members to formulate bids to fund research.
  • Managed projects - the setting up of taskforces made up of members, with assistance from the Construct IT for Business management team, on projects suggested by the membership to help promote change and develop better understanding.
  • Benchmarking best practice - producing a series of benchmarking studies looking into the use of IT in support of the construction process to establish best practice.
  • Collaboration and brokering - cooperation and partnerships between government, industry and academia.
  • International links - setting up links and working with similar international organisations, networks and groups to develop shared global experiences.
  • Value and benefits study - producing a study of current ICT/digital technologies’ development and the benefits that have accrued from their implementation.
  • Providing positive support and help for members - through linking members together; providing network support and a series of publications and guides.

Why join?

Construct IT For Business harnesses the energy and enthusiasm of organisations which are committed to improvement and acting as a conduit for collaboration, innovation and education. Utilising the commitment of participants from all across the sector, it is a self-reliant and self-help club of members who wish to help others whilst helping themselves.

Whatever your role in using ICT/digital technologies in the construction process, whether you are implementing a new strategy or developing an advanced use of a new ICT/digital technology, you will benefit from sharing expertise with other organisations; commercial, academic or Government. Construct IT can help to put you in touch with other key players, enabling you to reap the benefits of collaboration.

Contact us

Director, Construct IT for Business

Professor Jason Underwood Tel: +44 (0)161 295 6290

Manager, Construct IT for Business

Dr Paul Coates Tel: +44 (0)161 295 2165

Administrator, Construct IT for Business

Ms Hanneke van Dijk Tel: +44 (0)161 295 5164

Management Board Members

Marek Suchocki, Autodesk (Chairman, Construct IT for Business Management Board)

Nigel Cope, COINS

Richard Cork, Independent Consultant

David Greenwood, University of Northumbria

David Leonard, Vinci Construction

Paul Stephenson, Sheffield Hallam University

Please submit the form and arrange payment of the membership fees as below.

Payment of fees is either:

  • Payment via credit card which can be undertaken via the University of Salford Online Shop (type Construct into the search field); or
  • Via invoice - please provide a Purchase Order for the appropriate amount which should be sent via email to Ms Hanneke van Dijk, Administrator for Construct IT, on An invoice will then be raised.


  • Large Organisation (250+ employees): £1,500 GBP + VAT = £1,800 GBP
  • Medium Size Organisation (between 25 – 250 employees): £1,000 GBP + VAT = £1,200 GBP
  • Small Organisation (less than 25 employees) and academic institutions: £500 GBP + VAT = £600 GBP

Please complete the form below.

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Application of advanced technologies in facilitating digital transformation to drive value

The next Construct IT For Business event in conjunction with COMIT and the University of the West of England will be held on Thursday 14th June 2018 at the University of the West of England, Bristol (9.30am – 4.30pm).

We are continuing to experience a rapid evolution and the emergence of digital technologies and innovation that are significantly impacting at both a social and a business level. While the construction industry has traditionally been considered a late adopter and has even lagged behind in embracing advances in technology, more recently, and amidst the drive for digital transformation through the UK Government Construction Strategy, there has been an increase in adoption across the industry to derive efficiencies, improve productivity and add value.

The Construct IT For Business event at the University of the West of England will focus on the application of advanced technologies in facilitating digital transformation to potentially achieve described productivity, efficiencies and value.

Speakers include:

Pete Burchill (Jacobs)

Lee Ramsey and Marina Machado (Morgan Sindall)

Lamine Mahdjoubi (University of the West of England)

Chris Hobbs (Graitec)

Damon Webster (Stantec)

Matthew Leaver (Arcadis)

The event is free for members and for non-members the fee is £100 + VAT.

Members: please contact Hanneke van Dijk to book a place.

Non-members: please access our shop to book in and pay via the University of Salford Online Shop. Once on this page type in Construct IT in the left hand menu 'Search this Site' box and look for the June 2018 entry. If non-members wish to pay via another route rather than by credit card please contact Hanneke.

Any queries, do please contact Hanneke van Dijk.

Please contact Jason Underwood or Hanneke van Dijk for more information about obtaining the below publications.

Our current stock includes:

Strategic Positioning of IT in Construction: An Industry Leaders’ Perspective

A study that gauges the current state of executive thinking and practice looking at the three core areas of:

  • Strategic benefits of IT
  • The realisation of IT benefits through skills, business process and IT strategies
  • The investment decision drivers, new technologies, organisation e-readiness and financial returns

Building on IT 2010. A survey of information technology expenditure and trends in the UK construction industry

An analysis of IT operating and capture expenditure levels and forecast trends representing the UK construction industry’s Top 200 companies including building & civil engineering contractors, house builders and developers and professional services/design firms.

E-Business in the Construction Industry

The findings of an industry survey in 2012 that was part of a three year project undertaken at the Department of Civil and Building Engineering in Loughborough University focused on the current status of e-business and the strategic implications of e-business in the AEC sector.

How to guides

A series of 16 publications designed to provide the industry, predominantly SMEs, with the basic guidance information on how to take the first steps in innovating with IT. The guides were an initiative within the Construction Best Practice Programme, funded by the DTI and steered jointly by the government and the Construction Industry Board. Each of the guides has been authored and steered by a combination of major innovative users and key IT suppliers from  the CIT membership, thereby facilitating the dissemination of the collective  best practice experience.

Research reports

Collaborative industry and academic-led research targeted at the realisation of both national and international research funding strategy.


In its aim in promoting and co-ordinating the innovation of IT in construction, CIT has developed a number of usable and workable tools/frameworks to assist construction organisations in managing their existing IT resources more effectively. Tools/frameworks include:

  • A Health Check of the Strategic Exploitation of IT
  • IT Self-Assessment
  • Measuring the Benefits of IT Innovation
  • Achieve Benefit from IT Projects