The National Construction Authority together with various disciplines in construction and research institutions unveiled a stakeholder driven process dubbed National Construction Research Agenda on July 15, 2015. This agenda aims at identifying and bridging gaps or challenges in the construction industry. The 2014-2017 Research Agenda is organized around five main areas (5Ms) in construction including management, manpower, materials, methods and money.
It is an umbrella research concept that is sufficiently flexible to permit multiple projects and multiple methodologies, under which academic and practitioner can craft more defined projects scopes and deliverables that reflect the project team’s needs and skills set.
“Research is a little area talked or discussed about and it is true that the area has not been catered for in terms of budgeting hence not many people appreciate it. As the Authority represents the industry in research, it will use this research agenda published to gain support from education institutions or other regulatory bodies on how to make the research area in construction industry more valuable,” remarked NCA General Manager, Eng. Maurice Akech.
Speaking at the pre-conference launch, Executive Director, Arch. Daniel Manduku said “This briefing objective is to formally launch the 1st edition of the Annual Construction Research Conference and Exhibition set to take place on September 21-23 at KICC, Nairobi. The theme of the conference will be ‘showcasing innovation in the 21st Century for business development.’ “During this event, delegates will be exposed to acclaimed practitioners as well as get a chance to interact and network with experts from local and international countries,” Manduku added.
At the event, the Authority also unveiled a website where interested candidates wishing to sponsor or participate can register and be part of the great conference. For more details, participants can register at acorce.nca.go.ke. In 2014, the Authority held the National Research Agenda stakeholder forum at Kenya School of Monetary Studies where research needs were discussed. Later on, a committee of experts was formed to identify and priotize on the needs, problems and research needs. After careful considerations, the Authority published the Research Agenda.NCA plays a mandatory task to undertake research in the construction industry.