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    TEMPORARY WORKS GUIDE FOR CLIENTS

    Guide provides insight into best practice in TW engineering

    The Temporary Works forum (TWf) has published a Guide to Temporary Works providing recommendations for Clients, their representatives, programme managers and others on the design and coordination of temporary works (TW).

    TWf believe that TW works are often a significant part of project construction cost – on occasions 50% or more. Even for simple schemes efficient design, management and installation will radically improve project delivery. A temporary works failure on a project is almost always a high consequence event and may be reportable to HSE.

    Written at the request of clients

    The Guide has been written at the request of a group of clients, which approached the Temporary Works Forum. These clients were aware of the risks and, in some cases, the lost opportunities to their enterprises that temporary works present, but felt disadvantaged because they had insufficient insight into the processes at work in temporary works management.

    Bill Hewlett (Technical Director, Costain), TWf Chairman and lead author of the Guide, says:

    “The Temporary Works forum is delighted to offer its Clients’ Guide to the industry, to give insight into best practice in temporary works engineering. It is intended to be of use to all clients and senior managers, of both large and small-scale works, whether they are involved regularly in construction, or seldom, or even in just one project in a lifetime.

    The Guide has been written at the request of group of clients, which approached the TWf. These clients were aware of the risks and, in some cases, the lost opportunities to their enterprises that temporary works present.

    Preparation of the Guide has been something of a collective effort. Feedback from the client group has been invaluable. My co-authors Richard Hare-Winton and Andrew Barnes have ensured that the perspectives of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises and Designers have been explicitly covered.

    John Carpenter and David Thomas, as Secretaries of the TWf, have ensured accuracy in the referencing and detail, and the alignment with best practice in risk management approaches. I must mention also the broad membership of the TWf, which has twice debated the content and reviewed and commented on the document at key stages of development.

    I hope that all readers will enjoy and feel enlightened by the Guide. It is founded on good engineering practice and practical experience, and builds on the work of Pugsley, Bragg and other ‘giants’ of previous generations. If it helps us today and into the future, as an
    industry, to address better the opportunities and challenges of temporary works engineering it will have done its job.”

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