Last bi-annual First Q Network meeting took place in Barcelona from the 14th to 16th of November. All eleven partners were present in an intense and fruitful meeting.
It all started on Wednesday the 14th, when the Smart Buildings Group had their meeting at JG offices. Next morning, we went all together to visit the Smart City Expo in Fira Barcelona, were we could see the latest developments in mobility, security and services management for cities.
Thursday afternoon we came back to JG, where we had the first part of the general meeting. The board of directors was re-elected for a period of two years (Juan Gallostra, Fabio Viero, Greg Hayden), with the incorporation of Nicolas Vyncke from Belgium.
The consolidated and individual figures of the members were reviewed. The total turnover is expected to be 278 M€ (compared to 265 M€ last year), and the staff will stay stable at 2.500 people. Most of the countries were expecting a 2019 quite similar to 2018.
The activities of the different groups were analysed: Smart Buildings, Building Physics, BIM, Marketing. It was agreed to activate three new working goups: Facility Management, Human Resources and Information+Telecommunications (IT).
On Friday we discussed about a strategic issue: Internal Project Management. Our project directors have been focusing traditionally on the technical definition of the project they were involved in. But now, with the growing complexity of the building industry, the role of the project director as project manager is, at least, as important. Managing the internal resources and managing the contract and the client is an expertise as relevant as the technical knowledge. Every company presented their strategies to improve in this specific field.
We also had some time for a nice dinner in Plaza Reial, on a very rainy days. Next meeting will take place in May 2019 in Holland.