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Construction Talk Ep 18: Interview with NEC tutor Barry Trebes

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Construction Talk, hosted by Peter Haddock, recently featured an exclusive interview with Barry Trebes, the Director of Trebes Consultancy Ltd. The enlightening conversation shed light on the construction industry and the paramount importance of NEC contracts. Barry Trebes, renowned as an NEC Tuto, shared his wealth of knowledge and experience, providing valuable insights to professionals in the field.

Barry Trebes HeadShotConstruction Talk, hosted by Peter Haddock, recently featured an exclusive interview with Barry Trebes, the Director of Trebes Consultancy Ltd. The enlightening conversation shed light on the construction industry and the paramount importance of NEC contracts. Barry Trebes, renowned as an NEC Tutor, shared his wealth of knowledge and experience, providing valuable insights to professionals in the field.

With a career spanning several decades, Barry Trebes began his journey as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor in 1983, working on notable aviation sector projects at Stansted Airport. In 1991, Barry's career took a transformative turn when he became involved with NEC contracts. NEC contracts, also known as New Engineering and Construction Contracts, serve as the cornerstone for defining rights, obligations, and management processes in construction projects. Barry emphasised the key pillars of NEC contracts, namely clarity, flexibility, and the ability to stimulate effective management.

During the interview, Barry emphasised the significant impact of NEC contracts on project delivery and achieving enhanced certainty of outcomes. By focusing on robust management processes such as risk management, change management, and programme management, NEC contracts empower professionals to make informed decisions throughout the project lifecycle. Barry highlighted the case of when BAAPlc, adopted NEC contracts to address project overruns, resulting in a notable 30% reduction in such incidents. This achievement has instilled greater confidence among shareholders and the public purse in the outcomes of construction projects.

As a testament to his expertise and commitment to sharing knowledge, Barry Trebes co-authored the influential book "Managing Reality." This practical guide offers real-world examples and case studies to assist professionals in effectively utilising NEC contracts. By encouraging critical thinking and visualisation, the book equips readers with the necessary tools to navigate the complexities of construction projects and achieve successful outcomes.

While speaking to Peter, Barry also delved into the challenges faced by the construction industry, particularly in integrating new technologies and addressing sustainability goals. Barry highlighted the scarcity of skills and knowledge within the sector and stressed the importance of collaboration with other industries to foster innovation. Known for its collaborative approach, NEC contracts have played a pivotal role in facilitating cross-industry partnerships. Barry emphasised the significance of learning from other sectors and leveraging their innovations to meet the evolving challenges in construction.

To listen to the full interview with Barry, visit here.

Construction Talk is a podcast hosted by Peter Haddock, featuring engaging conversations with industry leaders, experts, and innovators. The podcast aims to provide valuable insights, promote knowledge sharing, and foster collaboration within the construction sector.

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