MA, FICE, C Eng, Dip HM, Hon FRIBA

Prof David M. Adamson

2007 to present—Consultant in Sustainable Construction.

Advice to projects and to members of the construction industry, and until recently post-graduate teaching and lecturing in UK and USA, and in other European countries. Evidence to Congressional advisory body on construction, National Institute of Building Science;  wrote/co-wrote 4 books on construction procurement

2005 to 2007—Director of Construction Policy, UK HM Treasury.

Responsible for Government construction procurement policy, including development of whole-life procurement policies and mechanisms, supply/demand management and fair payment in the industry, best practice promulgation, and development of policies to overcome barriers to more effective and efficient procurement.

1987 to 2005 – Director of Estates at Universities of Bristol and then Cambridge.

Responsible for planning, development and maintenance of estate of about 1M m2 operational estate, including £1bn of construction projects.

1985-1987 – Assistant Scientific Advisor to the NATO Supreme HQ Brussels/Mons

Responsible for influencing development and co-ordination of research and procurement programmes in the NATO countries.

1967-1985 – Engineering and military jobs around the world; Commander UK Army Engineer Regiment

1967-1982 – hydro-electric project in Australia, road/bridge projects in Thailand, Canada and Kenya,  assignments as interpreter, and a year’s management course (MBA equivalent for future commanders). Research topics included explosive and static fatigue welding, cavitation in high-speed water flow and history of British roads. Thesis for post-graduate Diploma in Highway Materials was ‘Stabilisation of low-grade Materials for Use in Highway Construction’. Published papers included ‘Explosive Welding of ZAM’—zinc-aluminium-magnesium alloys. Worked on projects as linguist in French and German.

1967. Graduated MA in Mech Sciences at Cambridge University

(Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineering; Hon Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects; Visiting Prof at University College, London, and at University of West England, Senior Fellow of Design Futures Council).


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