Monday, October 31, 2016

Dr Subashini Suresh returns from latest secondment to Vetto

Dr Subashini Suresh has recently returned to the UK following her latest secondment to Vettorazzo Costruzioni in Italy. She was on secondment from 24th to 28th October, 2016. 

The aim of this secondment was to examine the work done to date on the project and investigate Health and Safety risk strand for the Enterprise Risk Management framework based on the Balance Scorecard concept.

During the secondment, site visits were undertaken, discussions took place about Risk Management for Health and Safety aspects, and work was carried out on the Enterprise Risk Management framework incorporating Health and Safety on the Balance Scorecard.  

Dr Suresh will return to Vettorazzo for one final secondment prior to the end of the project. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Legal Risk Identification for SMEs in the Construction Industry

Jennifer Charlson and Chike Oduoza (University of Wolverhampton) have had their paper 'Construction Industry Legal Risk Identification for SMEs' published in the Construction Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 6. 


This research contributes to a European Union (EU) funded project "Risk Management Software System for SMEs in the Construction Industry (RiMaCon)." The aim was to identify relevant legal risks with a view to manage them. A critical literature review was undertaken and the themes that emerged included procurement, building information modelling, building regulation and construction contract issues including delay, claims and dispute resolution. A case study approach was adopted as the researcher benefitted from a secondment to an SME contractor in Italy where pilot interviews were undertaken. The paper concludes that the literature review seems to have identified legal risks relevant to construction SMEs which will be investigated further.

Further details available at

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Dr Subashini Suresh prepares for latest secondment to Vettorazzo

Dr Subashini Suresh (University of Wolverhampton) is preparing for her next secondment to Vettorazzo Construzioni in Italy. Dr Suresh will be on secondment from 24th October 2016 to 28th October 2016.

The focus of the secondment will be on WP5, specifically:

  • To review the project team work on work packages
  • Enterprise risk management framework incorporating Health & Safety on the Balance Scorecard 
  • Undertake a site visit
  • Report preparation and writing

Monday, October 17, 2016


RiMaCon recruited researcher (UniWolv) is in Delft, the Netherlands this week to attend the fifth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE 2016). This brings world experts together, to share recent progress and formulate future directions to life-cycle civil engineering. 

The recruited researcher is attending this conference as part of his personal development and to identify any areas relevant to the development of the RiMaCon risk management prototype. 

Further information about the conference can be found at

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Neil Smith completes latest secondment to University of West Bohemia

Neil Smith (Computors Limited) has recently completed his latest secondment to the University of West Bohemia (UoWB) in the Czech Republic. He spent one month at UoWB (29/08/2016 - 23/09/2016).

During his time at UoWB, Neil continued work on the development of the risk management prototype including implementing objective weights, implementing KRI sorting, implementing specific attributes for key risk indicators, risk factors and objectives and began the process of integrating DB data into the R algorithm. 

Neil has now completed all scheduled secondments to UoWB but will still undertake a further secondment to the University of Wolverhampton later in 2016.

Marco Vettorazzo completes latest secondment to University of West Bohemia

Marco Vettorazzo (Vettorazzo Costruzioni) has recently completed his latest secondment to the University of West Bohemia (UoWB) in the Czech Republic. He spent one week at UoWB (03/10/2016 - 07/10/2016).

During his time at UoWB, Marco undertook tasks including looking at the impact of different risks from the perspective of Vettorazzo Costruzioni, training in simulation models, and looking at specifications for SMEs in terms of Time, Cost and Quality.

Marco is due to undertake further secondments to the University of Wolverhampton in October and December 2016.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Public land to be broken up for SMEs? report that large public owned sites will be broken up into small plots in order to encourage SME builders to develop them under the government’s new Accelerated Construction initiaive, housing minister Gavin Barwell has pledged.

Read the full article at

Monday, October 10, 2016

Jiří Tupa completes latest secondment to Vettorazzo Costruzioni

Jiri Tupa (University of West Bohemia) has recently completed his latest secondment to Vettorazzo Costruzioni (Vetto) in Italy. He spent two weeks at Vetto (26/09/2016 - 07/10/2016) and addressed the following tasks:

  • Delivered 'IPR managemement as part of risk management and IPR of SW products and their licensing' lecture
  • Validation of results (WP3)
  • Testing strategies for SW prototype testing

During his stay, Jiri passed knowledge of SW testing standards to Vetto as part of WP5 and transferred basic knowledge about software IPR. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Latest RiMaCon secondments underway

This is a busy period for the RiMaCon project as we enter our final six months. Several secondments are currently taking place to progress work on the prototype risk management system.

Jiri Tupa (University of West Bohemia) is currently on a two week secondment to Vettorazzo Construzioni, as is Nengi Odimabo (University of Wolverhampton). In addition, Marco Vettorazzo (Vettorazzo Construzioni) is currently on a one week secondment to the University of West Bohemia.

Further secondments to Vettorazzo Construzioni are planned for later this month. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Construction companies building smaller savings pots than any other industry

Builder & Engineer report that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the construction sector are saving less than any other industry, new research reveals.
According to a study of 500 SMEs by Hampshire Trust Bank in partnership with Coleman Parkes, construction come bottom when it comes to the amount of money held in business savings accounts, with the average balance standing at £319,000.

RiMaCon Management Meeting in Pilsen

The latest RiMaCon management committee meeting took place in Pilsen, Czech Republic on Wednesday 14th September. Representatives from all project partners attended the meeting.

Project coordinator, Professor Oduoza provided an update on progress to date and all partners gave presentations covering Management Issues/Activities, Secondments, Dissemination Activities and General Progress updates for the period Apr-16 to Sep-16.

Jan Simota then presented his findings from work package 3 before Alexios Tamparopoulos and Neil Smith delivered a presentation on work package 4 and the development of the risk management prototype. The presentations illustrated the significant efforts that all partners were putting in to conclude the project within the timeframe. Forward planning then took place to look at remaining secondments and associated key tasks to be completed over the final six months of the project.

The final project meeting will take place in Italy in March 2017.