The ADePT method developed at Loughborough University was originally conceived in a bid to transform building design – saving time, money and resources whilst creating better buildings.

It is increasingly being used on a wider range of built assets spanning commercial buildings, hotels and high-rise residential developments, highways, rail infrastructure, power stations and airports – and has also been adopted in other sectors, including aerospace and ship building.

The common challenge of all such projects is their complexity. Design is far from straightforward, requiring the coordinated input of experts from a range of disciplines. The process can highlight, but also create, potential construction or manufacturing problems.

ADePT maps and optimises iterative design elements, enabling multi-disciplinary teams to take collaborative design decisions and manage against a sophisticated plan which integrates design, procurement, manufacturer and construction so that future factory or on-site problems and delays are avoided.

The research underpins a spin-out business – Adept Management Ltd – which has offices in the UK and US, and reports an annual turnover of around £3 million.

The company provides a range of integrated project controls services and its clients include Balfour Beatty, CH2M Hill, John Sisk, Kier, Morgan Sindall, Skanska, and BAE Systems.

The impacts of the economic downturn on the construction industry have been far-reaching, but ADePT has helped to support the cost-effective and timely delivery of a range of prestige projects world-wide.