We are pleased to announce...
Fiatech was established just over 15 years ago to advance integrated systems and technology-enabled work processes for the delivery and operation of capital facilities. Fiatech was spun out of CII to accomplish this mission. At its founding, CII envisioned that the research and development (R&D) of technology for capital projects needed its own path, yet one that was complementary to the goals of CII.
Included in CII recent reorganization is the identification of technology as a key lever in capital project efficiency. To fully engage the CII project and members in technology CII’s Executive Committee and Director and Fiatech’s Board agreed to much more closely integrate the two organizations, while allowing Fiatech to continue to operate in a model best suited to technology research and adoption.
This closer cooperation is expected to positively benefit both organizations and bolster Fiatech’s technology R&D mission and assure its financial sustainability.
Representatives from CII’s Executive Committee and Fiatech’s Board of Advisors met in Houston at the end of last week to begin reforming Fiatech. Agreement was reached regarding an enhanced level of collaboration between CII and Fiatech that is aligned with both organizations. The group believes that a new model of collaboration will bring added value to members of both CII and Fiatech by accelerating implementation and improving business results. We expect to work quickly to develop details of a shared governance plan. As the work of this group reaches further definition, additional details regarding the vision, governance and expected deliverables from Fiatech and CII will be communicated with the membership of each organization.
An immediate consequence of our choice of a new path forward is the elimination of the Fiatech Director position that was held by Ray Topping for the past six years. We acknowledge Ray’s contribution to Fiatech and we wish him the best in his future endeavors. The new governance plan will include provisions for strong leadership for Fiatech. In the short-term, activities managed by Ray have been assigned to the Director of CII. Dr. Bill O’Brien from the University of Texas has been appointed Transition Manager to assure the continuity of Fiatech’s operations while helping to position the organization for the future. Bill has been a long-standing participant in both Fiatech and CII and is well positioned to help foster collaborative activities across the organizations.
CII, Fiatech and PIP collectively advance research, development, and standards for the capital projects industry. We believe that improvements are gained by focusing on the people, processes, and technologies needed to deliver business results. Our formula for success has always depended on having great member volunteers, stellar leadership, and empowered staff. During Fiatech’s reorganization over the next few months to a more collaborative structure with CII, we want to hear your ideas, comments, and input. We are here to serve each of you, so contact us with anything you’d like to discuss or any questions that you may have.