LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

The New South Wales and The Australian Capital Territory Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) last night (Friday 8 June 2018) announced the Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018.

At a sold out dinner presentation, guests heard how the judging panel was at times ‘immediately impressed’ with the quality of many of the submissions.

“The stand out to the judging panel this year was the lack of women on the project teams which to the AIB as the peak body for the building and construction professional, is a real concern. However on the other hand, the increased use of technology in the projects we saw was impressive” said Jury Chair John Smolders.

“This year’s judging again reinforced a number of achievements including the ability of the delivery teams to accommodate often unplanned changing needs of project requirements and objectives by having collaborative working cultures in place across the contracting, consulting and proprietor groups. The delivery of sustainable outcomes for environmental engineering standards and the ability to deliver good financial results relate to these changing needs.

The ability however that has been developed over recent years to address and digest ‘project changes and problems’ successfully, could be tempered with more forward looking initiatives to better address whole of project and culture needs including more attention for socially inclusive and sustainable outcomes. As projects become more turnkey, the responsibility of contracting organisations will require more leadership in this area.

While the capability and composition of the project staff is now excellent, there is very poor gender balance in these teams and organisations must address this issue to further improve capability and balance in the delivery process” said John.

AIB National President, Paul Heather said “The Awards recognise the contribution and leadership shown by individuals to the successful completion of a construction project, reinforcing that the success of any building firm can be attributed to those responsible for construction projects”

The judging criterion for the Awards weights the contribution of individuals and the challenges that they face. It is based on the complexity of the project in its construction phase as opposed to the characteristics of the completed structure.

The Australian Institute of Building went on to congratulate the 2018 NSW Building Professional of the Year, Andrew Buchanan from Lendlease for his work on Hunter Correctional Centre.

Winners of Professional Excellence Awards from the night will now go on to the National Awards to be held in Canberra on Saturday, 7 September.2018.

Photos from the night can be viewed here (please allow 5-7 working days after event): https://www.flickr.com/photos/aibnational/sets/

For further information, please contact:
Mr Greg Hughes, CEO
Phone 02 6253 1100
Email: ceo@aib.org.au

The list of recipients is detailed on the attachment. Most recipients are available for interview, please contact the Australian Institute of Building on 02 6253 1100 to organise.

2018 AIB NSW Chapter Building Professional of the Year

2018 AIB NSW Chapter Building Professional of the Year
Winner: Andrew Buchanan
Company: Lendlease Pty Ltd
Project: Hunter Correctional Centre

2018 AIB NSW Chapter Professional Excellence in Building Award Recipients

Category: Commercial Construction Up to $5 Million
Winner: Philippa Seldon
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Manteena Commercial Pty Ltd
Project: Australian Peacekeeping Memorial

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Vargha Zare
Award: High Commendation
Company: Lahey Constructions
Project: Harbord Public School – New Facilities

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million
Winner: Jonathan Russell
Award: High Commendation
Company: Hansen Yuncken
Project: University of Newcastle – NeWSpace

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: Justin Clark
Award: High Commendation
Company: J Hutchinson Pty Ltd
Project: Global Switch Data Centre Sydney East, Stages 2 & 3

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: Ben Winter
Award: High Commendation
Company: John Holland Group
Project: 1 Parramatta Square (1PSQ)

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: James Terry
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Lendlease Building Pty Ltd
Project: Helicopter Aircrew Training System Facilities

Category: Residential Construction $5 Million to $25 Million
Winner: Peter Sukkar
Award: High Commendation
Company: Growthbuilt
Project: Griffiths Teas, Surry Hills

Category: Residential Construction $100 Million Plus
Winner: Jayson Barnaby
Award: High Commendation
Company: J Hutchinson Pty Ltd
Project: University of Wollongong Student Accommodation

Category: Infrastructure
Winner: Andrew Buchanan
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Lendlease
Project: Hunter Correctional Centre

Category: Infrastructure
Winner: Ross Greenup
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Shaw Building Group Pty Ltd
Project: The Canberra Hospital “Continuity of Services – Essential Infrastructure (COSEI)”

Category: Research, Development & Technology
Winner: Charlie Versi
Award: High Commendation
Company: Buildcorp Group Pty Ltd
Project: Onsite™ – The development and implementation of Buildcorp’s quality management app software

Category: Research, Development & Technology
Winner: Alan Jeary
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: STRAAM Group
Project: Risk Management and Assessment

Category: General
Winner: Roger Poels
Award: Professional Excellence
Company: Shaw Building Group Pty Ltd
Project: Refurbishment of the Captain Cook Memorial Jet (CCMJ)

NATIONAL REVIEW OF SECURITY OF PAYMENT LAWS FINAL REPORT RELEASED

The Hon Craig Laundy MP
Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation Member for Reid

MEDIA RELEASE
21 May 2018

NATIONAL REVIEW OF SECURITY OF PAYMENT LAWS FINAL REPORT RELEASED
The Turnbull Government today released the final report of the Review of Security of Payment Laws, undertaken by Mr John Murray AM, a specialist in resolving building contract disputes and security of payment legislation.

Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy said the Government commissioned the review to look at protections for individuals and small businesses involved in subcontracting in the building and construction industry.

“For these operators, delayed and disputed payments can make or break them,” Minister Laundy said Mr Murray’s comprehensive report makes 86 recommendations to improve consistency in security of payment legislation and enhance protections to ensure subcontractors get paid on time for work they have done, regardless of which state or territory they operate in.

Key amongst these is the recommendation to make security of payment laws nationally consistent with what is commonly known as the East Coast model, which is modelled on the NSW security of payment legislation.

“I appreciate the extensive consultation that Mr Murray undertook during the review and thank him for his efforts.

“As legislative responsibility for security of payment rests with the states and territories, the Government will work cooperatively with them on the findings of the review.

“As Chair of the Building Minister Forum, I am committed to working closely with all Building Ministers around the country to deliver improvements to the building and construction sector which are long overdue” Minister Laundy said.

The Government acknowledges that some states and territories have taken steps in the right direction on security of payments. However, with payments on average 26.4 days late and the construction industry in Australia accounting for 20 to 25 per cent of all insolvencies more needs to be done to protect subcontractors and small businesses who are the industry’s most vulnerable participants.

“More needs to be done to harmonise the various state and territory security of payments laws so that businesses and subcontractors operating in the building and construction industry are not required to be across several complex pieces of legislation at any given time.

“More also needs to be done to ensure that where payments are protect this protection flows through the entire contractual payment chain, not just to the first tier of building industry participants, as has been the case under various trials of Project Bank Accounts including currently in Queensland.
“Off the back of the release today, the Government will consult with industry to consider the report’s recommendations and explore ways to improve the protections for individuals and businesses involved in subcontracting in the construction industry.

“The Turnbull Government is the first government to directly address this issue at a national level, further demonstrating our commitment to small business and promoting a fair and productive building industry.”

The final report is available at www.jobs.gov.au/review-security-payment-laws

Media contacts:
Office of the Hon Craig Laundy MP – Rod Bruem 0427 824 971
Department Media: media@employment.gov.au

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

The Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) last night (Friday 18 May 2018) announced the Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018.

At a sold out dinner presentation, guests heard how the judging panel was at times ‘immediately impressed’ with the quality of many of the submissions.

“This year we received some interesting projects with difficulties arising from very restricted access and material handling through to others that dealt with recycling and reuse of existing flout to achieve a strong result” said Jury Chair Leigh Smith.

“All the projects however displayed a high level of finished quality and attention to detail. The submissions showcased many high calibre team leaders and with help from their teams, achieved a high level of skill and competence in the execution of the building process, contractual and contractor management and most importantly, people management.

The variety of submissions also covered things such as an infrastructure project bridging over a wide and busy rail corridor and a remote project where the project team had to train and use indigenous labour” said Leigh.

AIB National President, Paul Heather said “The Awards recognise the contribution and leadership shown by individuals to the successful completion of a construction project, reinforcing that the success of any building firm can be attributed to those responsible for construction projects”

The judging criterion for the Awards weights the contribution of individuals and the challenges that they face. It is based on the complexity of the project in its construction phase as opposed to the characteristics of the completed structure.

The Australian Institute of Building went on to congratulate Eddie Gangemi,the 2018Qld Building Professional of the Year from Hutchinson Builders for his work on Newstead Central Stage 2 & 3.

Winners of Professional Excellence Awards from the night will now go on to the National Awards to be held in Canberra on Saturday, 7 September 2018.

Photos from the night can be viewed here (please allow 5-7 working days after event):  https://www.flickr.com/photos/aibnational/sets/

 

For further information, please contact:

Mr Greg Hughes, CEO

Phone 02 6253 1100

Email: ceo@aib.org.au
The list of recipients is detailed on the attachment.  Most recipients are available for interview, please contact the Australian Institute of Building on 02 6253 1100 to organise.

 

2018 AIB Qld Chapter Building Professional of the Year

Winner: Eddie Gangemi

Company:Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd

Project: Newstead Central Stage 2 & 3

 

2018 AIB Qld Chapter Professional Excellence in Building Award Recipients

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Logan Ashmole

Award: High Commendation

Company:Wiley & Co Pty Ltd

Project:Bundaberg Distillery Company Visitor Experience Centre

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Levi Corby

Award: High Commendation

Company:Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd

Project:Australia Fair East – Coles Expansion

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Rob Diamond

Award: High Commendation

Company: Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd

Project:Knauf Plasterboard Factory

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Michael White

Award: High Commendation

Company:Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd

Project:Brisbane Broncos Clive Berghofer Centre

 

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: Jamie Washington

Award: High Commendation

Company:Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd

Project:310 Ann St Refurbishment

 

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: Simon Rua

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:CPB Contractors Pty Ltd

Project:National Football Stadium (NFS) Project

 

Category: Residential Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: Cory Hinds

Award: High Commendation

Company:Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:The Beach Apartments, Broadbeach

 

Category: Residential Construction $100 Million Plus

Winner: Eddie Gangemi

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd

Project:Newstead Central Stage 2 & 3

 

Category: Interior Construction

Winner: Cherise Czislowski

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Lendlease Building Pty Ltd

Project:NAB Place Commercial Office Fit-Out

 

Category: Interior Construction

Winner: Jae Gripske

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:iQ Construct

Project:UQ City – 293 Queen St

 

Category: Interior Construction

Winner: Natalie Radich

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Lendlease Building Pty Ltd

Project:Telstra 275 George St

 

Category: Infrastructure

Winner: Benjamin Plunkett

Award: High Commendation

Company:Hutchinson Builders Pty Ltd

Project:Nambour Station Accessibility Upgrade Construction Works

 

Category: Infrasturcture

Winner: Stephen O’Brien

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd

Project: Lucinda Drive Bridge – Port Drive Upgrade

 

LEADERS IN CONSTRUCTION ANNOUNCED BY THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF BUILDING

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) last night (Friday 4 May 2018) announced the Professional Excellence in Building Awards for 2018.

At a sold out dinner presentation, guests (including His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia) heard how the judging panel was at times ‘immediately impressed’ with the quality of many of the submissions.

“A number of projects were challenged during their construction last year with periods of unusually high rain fall causing significant delays with early works” said Jury Chair Jeremy Whitehead.

“All the projects entered however displayed a very high level of finished quality and attention to detail. The submissions showcased many high calibre team leaders and with help from their teams, achieved a high level of skill and competence in the execution of the building process, contractual and contractor management and most importantly, people management.

The projects submitted contributed significantly to benefit the broader community – from large multi residential buildings to upgrading a major public sporting facility, expanding schools, Universities and hospitals, to unique tourist icons such as the Monarto Zoo -360 Lions Experience or the new d’Arenberg – The Cube. All of which deliver benefits to the South Australian economy and the community in general” said Jeremy.

AIB National President, Paul Heather said “The Awards recognise the contribution and leadership shown by individuals to the successful completion of a construction project, reinforcing that the success of any building firm can be attributed to those responsible for construction projects”

The judging criterion for the Awards weights the contribution of individuals and the challenges that they face. It is based on the complexity of the project in its construction phase as opposed to the characteristics of the completed structure.

The Australian Institute of Building went on to congratulate the 2018 SA Building Professional of the Year, Paul Melville from Hansen Yunken for his work on Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) Redevelopment Project

Winners of Professional Excellence Awards from the night will now go on to the National Awards to be held in Canberra on Saturday, 7 September.2018.

Photos from the night can be viewed here (please allow 5-7 working days after event):  https://www.flickr.com/photos/aibnational/sets/

 

For further information, please contact:

Mr Greg Hughes, CEO

Phone 02 6253 1100

Email: ceo@aib.org.au

 

The list of recipients is detailed below. Most recipients are available for interview, please contact the Australian Institute of Building on 02 6253 1100 to organise.

 

2018 AIB SA Chapter Building Professional of the Year

Winner: Paul Melville

Company: Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd

Project: Flinders Medical Centre Redevelopment Project

 

2018 AIB SA Chapter Professional Excellence in Building Award Recipients

Category: Commercial Construction Up to $5 Million

Winner: Jay Johnson

Award: High Commendation

Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:SPORTSMED SA

 

Category: Commercial Construction Up to $5 Million

Winner: Paul Marino

Award: High Commendation

Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:St Johns Grammar Performing Arts Centre

 

Category: Commercial Construction Up to $5 Million

Winner: Melisha Willington

Award: Professional Excellence

Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:Adelaide Oval Arena LED & Lighting Upgrade

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Rick Capaldo

Award: High Commendation

Company: Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:Barossa Retail Centre

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Ben Groves

Award: High Commendation

Company:Hindmarsh Construction Australia Pty Ltd

Project:The Bowery

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Bevan McDermott

Award: High Commendation

Company: Badge Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:Jurlique Novo Development

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Fred Els

Award: High Commendation

Company: Badge Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:BUPA Aged Care Development Woodville

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Dean Veldhuyzen

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:d’Arenberg – The Cube

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Mark Cramp

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:St Peters Girls Middle School + Library

 

Category: Commercial Construction $5 Million to $25 Million

Winner: Tony Jachmann

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Built Environs Pty Ltd

Project:Modbury Hospital

 

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: Daniel Deans

Award: High Commendation

Company:Badge Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:Inghams Breeder Farms Yumali

 

Category: Commercial Construction $25 Million to $100 Million

Winner: Salem Tredrea

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Sarah Constructions Pty Ltd

Project:Regis Burnside

 

Category: Commercial Construction $100 Million Plus

Winner: Paul Melville

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd

Project: Flinders Medical Centre Redevelopment Project

 

Category: Interior Construction

Winner: Johnny Kyprianou

Award: High Commendation

Company:M Samaras Build

Project: Kyren Group Head Office

 

Category: Interior Construction

Winner: Goran Colovic

Award: Professional Excellence

Company:Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd

Project: Adelaide Town Hall – Queen Adelaide Room

BUILDING MINISTER’S FORUM COMMUNIQUÉ

27 April 2018

The Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) held its first meeting for 2018 today in Melbourne, to decide on a range of significant measures that will benefit the Australian building, plumbing and construction industry and the wider Australian community.

Ministers welcomed Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms Bronwyn Weir’s final report ‘Building Confidence – Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia’ (the Report).

Professor Shergold and Ms Weir were commissioned by the BMF to independently assess the broader compliance and enforcement problems within the building and construction systems across Australia.

The BMF acknowledged the significant work undertaken by Professor Shergold and Ms Weir and the valuable input provided by governments and industry throughout their consultation processes.

The Report’s conclusions and recommendations provide the BMF with a significant package of reforms intended to strengthen the effective implementation of the National Construction Code (NCC).

The Report is available on the BMF webpage on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Sciences’ website at www.industry.gov.au/BMF.

The BMF provided in-principle support for the Report. Ministers will examine the Report’s findings and recommendations in detail and have agreed to discuss future directions and next steps at the next BMF meeting.

Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to prevent the inappropriate use of potentially hazardous aluminium cladding on Australian buildings. The SOG will be consulting with industry on possible options for a new system of permanent labelling for cladding products.

Ministers agreed that given the urgency of this issue, the consultation will be undertaken during May and June 2018, with a report of the consultations and the preferred approach to be provided to Ministers at their next meeting.

Ministers noted the significant work being undertaken by jurisdictions to identify and address non-compliant cladding.

Ministers have asked the SOG to report on existing responsibilities of parties to meet the cost of rectification of non-compliant use of combustible cladding and remedies, including the rights of parties to recover costs from those responsible. The SOG will report to a future BMF meeting.

The BMF was briefed by Mr John Murray AM on the national Review of Security of Payment Laws: Building Trust and Harmony (the Review). The independent Review will be released by the Commonwealth shortly. The States, Territories and the Commonwealth will consider the Review recommendations, in consultation with the relevant portfolio areas in each jurisdiction and informed by the existing work of jurisdictions, and come back to the next meeting of the BMF with advice on how to respond to the Report.

The BMF agreed the scope of the Australian Building Codes Board’s (ABCB) national Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) to examine the proposed inclusion of minimum accessibility standards for housing in the NCC.

The ABCB will now develop an options paper, incorporating input from the Disability Reform Council, for the BMF to consider at its next meeting.

Several important issues relating to the NCC were also discussed, including work on the development of the 2019 edition (NCC 2019). NCC 2019 will be the first new edition since NCC 2016, following the BMF’s decision to introduce a three-year amendment cycle to improve efficiency and enhance stability for industry.

The BMF also discussed the challenges in relation to addressing fire safety in child care, including considering a possible early out-of-cycle amendment.

Ministers noted that energy efficiency measures for residential buildings will feature in the proposed 2018-19 ABCB work plan.

Ministers have confirmed their commitment to cooperation on national building reform through the adoption of a new BMF Charter. The BMF Charter sets out the role of the BMF in overseeing governance of the built environment, including on:

– harmonisation of building regulations and standards as outlined in the IGA for the ABCB;
– collaboration on compliance and enforcement, and
– national policy issues affecting Australia’s building and construction industries.

NEW RESEARCH: WOOD A KEY PLANK IN THE BUSINESS CASE FOR BRINGING NATURE INTO THE OFFICE

MEDIA RELEASE APRIL 2018

Builders and specifiers looking to construct buildings that boost worker productivity should consider using more of one of the world’s oldest and most sustainable materials in their office fit-outs: wood.

That’s the takeout from world-first research by strategic market research firm Pollinate and the University of Canberra.

Based on a survey of 1000 indoor Australian workers, the research provides fresh evidence to underpin the business case for biophilia – the principle that exposure to nature increases human wellbeing.

The study paints a bleak picture of workers’ current access to nature at work with less than half (47%) enjoying access to natural light, only two in five (38%) being able to see indoor plants, a quarter (26%) unable to see any natural looking wooden surfaces and almost half (46%) spending less than an hour outdoors on work days.

The study found that the more natural looking wooden surfaces workers could see from their workstation, the higher their workplace satisfaction and wellbeing.

Associate Professor Jacki Schirmer from the University of Canberra said the results held true even after rigorous analysis that controlled for factors known to impact on the wellbeing of workers such as age, income, gender and workplace culture.

“These results are exciting, for the first time providing solid evidence to support the use of wood as part of bringing nature into workplaces,” she said.

“We are always looking for ways to improve health and wellbeing, and this research points to ways we can achieve that in the places many people spend a lot of their time – the workplace.

“The work has implications for businesses, because a large body of research has shown that workers who are more satisfied with their work and have higher wellbeing have better work productivity, and reduced rates of absenteeism – which means improving worker wellbeing has real benefits for businesses.”

Over 80 per cent of workers (82%) exposed to eight or more wooden surfaces in their workplace reported being ‘satisfied or very satisfied’ with work, compared to over two thirds (69%) exposed to five to seven wooden surfaces and half (53%) with no wooden surfaces.

Employees working in offices with natural wooden surfaces on average also reported higher personal productivity, mood, concentration, clarity, confidence and optimism.

The effect on wellbeing was greatest when wood was used in combination with other natural elements such as plants, water features and natural light.
Associate Professor Schirmer said: “We know it’s good for us to spend time outdoors interacting with nature, but with people spending so much time indoors, there’s increasing recognition of the potential benefits of bringing nature into the workplace and the home.

“The academic world is becoming increasingly switched on to biophilia as an area warranting real research and attention, and some engineering degrees are starting to include it as a subject.

“Importantly, wood is a particularly useful tool for bringing nature into the workplace in situations where it is not feasible to retro-fit other changes, such as increased natural light.

Media enquiries
Amanda Cirillo, Pesel & Carr [m] 0423 944 375 [p] (03) 9036 6900 [e] amanda.cirillo@peselandcarr.com.au

About the study
A representative sample of 1000 Australian indoor workers participated in the research.
Survey participants were asked about the natural elements they could see from their workspace, including the number and type of natural wooden-looking objects they could see. They were also asked about the presence of other things that affect the wellbeing of workers, including noise levels, access to natural light, and their workplace culture. Finally, they were asked to self-rate their wellbeing, workplace satisfaction and personal distress using validated measures that are used worldwide to assess wellbeing, health and mental health disorders.

Over two thirds of indoor workers surveyed were in an office, with the remainder split between shops and factories/warehouses.
The study was funded by Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA), which had no input on the structure of the study.

INDUSTRY ON NOTICE: LICENCE REQUIREMENTS TO BE STRENGTHENED TO SUPPORT BUILDING QUALITY

The ACT Government is putting the building industry on notice in response to community feedback regarding building quality across the territory.

Minister for Regulatory Services Gordon Ramsay said with the increase in the number of building approvals in the capital, particularly multi-unit developments, this is an opportune time for the industry to ensure they are complying with building regulations and quality standards, providing confidence to those purchasing new dwellings in the capital.

“It is not the government which builds buildings – the industry does – and our message to industry is clear: the government alone cannot solve this problem. Industry needs to step up, drive professionalism and accountability, and manage underperformance. We’ll be watching closely,” Minister Ramsay said.

The Government has already implemented a number of measures in the Improving the ACT Building Regulatory System reforms developed in 2016. Further to these reforms, the Government is announcing today tough new changes to licensing requirements targeting builders who have had regular complaints made against them.

From next year, up to 20 percent of all builders seeking to renew their licences will need to pass a test to ensure their skills and technical knowledge are to the standard expected by government, regulators, industry and the community.

This initiative will see up to 180 builders across the A, B and C classes of licences tested annually from 2019 at the point of licence renewal, with a particular focus on those builders who have been subject to substantiated complaints or come to the attention of Access Canberra for building quality concerns. Those who fail after two attempts will not have licences renewed.

Those applying for class A, B and C licences for the first time in the ACT will need to sit a test at point of application. Tests will also be able to be used at any time by the Constructions Occupations Registrar as part of a skills assessment of builders, where the Registrar believes grounds for occupational discipline exists.

“These tests send a clear message to the industry that the government will work to prevent builders who are not up to scratch before entering the local industry, as well as removing existing builders who do not have the required skills and knowledge. In addition, the level of information needing to be provided to certifiers before work is signed off will be increased. The government will be making further announcements about this in the coming months,” Minister Ramsay said.

“Our community should have confidence in the building construction industry and, to ensure this is the case, the government commenced a significant series of improvements and reforms in 2016.

“It was through this work, led by Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman, that industry also indicated they would like to see greater testing to support professionalism in their sector.

“I have been working closely with Minister Gentleman on these improvements from a regulatory perspective. It is important that we work to address issues in quality at the source, by weeding out those in the industry who are not delivering to a standard we expect, rather than just managing the end result – which can be works that do not meet standards.”

Access Canberra will work with industry on the changes to licensing renewals and applications this year. In 2016 a test at application for the C class licences in the ACT was introduced and Minister Ramsay said of the 80 people who sought to gain a licence to work in the ACT, 38 failed the first attempt (48%). Of the 38 who sat a second time 17 (44%) failed.

“The testing has been an important measure we introduced to prevent those who do not have the knowledge or technical understanding we expect in the ACT, from working here. I’m pleased it is being extended to the other classes on application, as well as renewal,” Minister Ramsay said.
“In addition to the inherent safety risks that substandard building can cause, it also has significant financial and emotional impact on those in our community who are affected.

“These regulatory changes support the raft of improvements already underway and strike the right balance between supporting a high performing industry sector, as well as sending a clear signal that the ACT is open for business, growth and development – but to a high standard.”
The government has already implemented 13 of the reforms and partially implemented one other of the Improving the ACT Building Regulatory System reforms announced in 2016.

These reforms include:

  •  further restrictions on the qualifications and experience required to gain an ACT licence;
  • new provisions and powers to help prevent phoenixing in ACT construction licensees or people shifting their operations between existing licences;
  • clarifying the roles of building certifiers and the obligations of corporate and partnership licensees in
    legislation;
  • new grounds for occupational discipline and automatic suspensions; and
  •  expanding statutory warranties to all residential buildings.

“Over the next 18 months other changes will include documentation guidelines for people preparing building approval applications for complex buildings, including apartment buildings; new training courses on the ACT’s building regulatory system and building approvals; codes of practice for builders and building certifiers; and
development of a new auditing system from building approvals and building projects.

“Our message to industry is clear. You are on notice to lift building quality and we will continue to work with you to support this outcome for our community,” Minister Ramsay concluded.

Gordon Ramsay MLA

STANDARDISING BIM OBJECTS

Thursday, 12 April 2018

STANDARDISING BIM OBJECTS

BIM Object standardisation is now achievable with the release of the NATSPEC BIM Object Properties Generator.

A new tool that supports the standardisation of BIM Objects across the Australian construction industry is now available. The key issue currently restricting the exchange and interoperability of BIM Objects between disciplines and projects, is the inconsistencies in properties, property naming and object designation.

The Properties Generator resolves this issue. It is an upgraded and extended online version of the NATSPEC BIM Object/Element Matrix that is more powerful and simpler to use. It makes the exchange of information and interoperability of BIM objects possible from project to project and software to software, reducing the huge duplication of effort currently involved.

NATSPEC CEO, Richard Choy, said the Properties Generator will greatly benefit the industry.
“The Properties Generator addresses the major issues concerning information exchange of BIM objects between disciplines and projects. “The free exchange of standardised information and data will allow different systems and applications to work together. This is crucial to driving productivity across the industry.”

A global approach has been used by including objects based on buildingSMART’s Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), and classification data for major systems such as NATSPEC, UniClass, Omniclass, Masterformat and Uniformat. Properties can be selected from various sources such as IFC4, IFC 2×3, BIMForum LOD Specification, COBie and NATSPEC. These properties are also categorised by their data type, such as cost, manufacturer and geometric. This allows users greater flexibility in generating the properties that are relevant to them, and to filter these properties to their specific project or object library needs.

Selected properties can then be exported as a PDF or Excel file, from which various file formats
can be generated to enable them to be imported into BIM authoring and BIM-ready software
applications.

The Properties Generator is suitable for a variety of users including content creators,
manufacturers, project teams, and client organisations.

It is anticipated that the Properties Generator will be further developed and enhanced in future releases, including the possibility of adding additional properties as desired by major clients. Refer to the ‘Future Releases’ section on the Properties Generator website for items that could be considered for future additions and upgrades.

Mr Choy hopes that the Properties Generator may continue to evolve and aid growth within the Australian architecture, engineering and construction industry.

“At NATSPEC, we are dedicated to improving the construction quality and productivity of the
built environment, so I am pleased this resource is now available. The Properties Generator is
committed to promoting best practice, and will continue to develop based on industry use and
feedback.

NATSPEC welcomes any comments and feedback that you may have on the Properties
Generator. For more information or to use the Properties Generator, visit www.natspec.com.au.

BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING IS ESSENTIAL FOR AUSTRALIA’S SMART CITIES VISION

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING IS ESSENTIAL FOR AUSTRALIA’S SMART CITIES VISION

The Australasian BIM Advisory Board (ABAB) recently met with Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities in Canberra ahead of its first Forum for 2018 to discuss how BIM can support the urban infrastructure and smart cities agenda.

“The prize for BIM adoption in construction is large. Reports forecast that the wider adoption of BIM will unlock 15–25% savings to the global infrastructure market by 2025. And it is this technology-led change that will deliver the highest impact to the construction sector that has previously had modest productivity gains[1]”, said Dr Michael Green, the Chair of ABAB, who is the Executive Director, Employment, Investment and Trade Policy, Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

“$7.5 billion in savings could be realised from the current Federal Government’s $75 billion 10 year infrastructure investment program if the wider adoption of BIM delivered a conservative 10% savings. That’s enough to pay for Sydney’s second airport or to complete the duplication of the Pacific Highway,” said Dr Green.

Population and budget pressures mean it’s never been more important to build more, better, for less, and with better stakeholder engagement.

The time has come for all Australian Governments to seize the opportunities offered by BIM.  ABAB advocates that all governments should:

Consider adoption of BIM, across the asset life cycle, for major projects; and

Exploit the integrated information created during the design and construction phases by requiring, at construction completion, handover of the asset data for operations and asset maintenance.

BIM is a digital form of construction and asset operations. It brings together technology, process improvements and digital information to significantly improve client and project outcomes and asset operations.

The BIM Advisory Board was established by the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), together with the key standard-setting bodies, NATSPEC, buildingSMART and Standards Australia. The Board links industry leaders and expertise from government, industry and academia, and promoting best practice and consistent approaches to BIM practices, standards and requirements.

[1] EU BIM Handbook, 2018, p4  http://www.eubim.eu/handbook/ and it references BCG Digital Engineering and Construction 2016 and McKinsey, Construction Productivity, 2017

About the Australasian BIM Advisory Board

The BIM Advisory Board was established by the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), together with the key standard-setting  bodies,  NATSPEC,  buildingSMART  and  Standards  Australia.  The Board has evolved from a previous APCC–ACIF collaboration established in 2015 on a BIM Summit. This Summit produced a number of resources, including a guide to the adoption of BIM (see  www.apcc.gov.au and  www.acif.com.au).

Two recent Australian Government reports (SmartICT and Australian Infrastructure Report) recommended an integrated approach between government, industry and researchers for the development of BIM in Australia. As seen overseas, a coordinated approach delivers benefits. The UK Government identified that its BIM Level 2 Initiative was a significant contributor to the £840 million savings achieved on its public spend in 2013/14, and on its £1.2 billion savings in 2014/15.

DR PHILLIPPA CARNEMOLLA TAKES HOME 2018 NAWIC INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY SCHOLARSHIP

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

DR PHILLIPPA CARNEMOLLA TAKES HOME 2018 NAWIC INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY SCHOLARSHIP

Dr Phillippa Carnemolla, an industrial designer, researcher and design educator, has been awarded the 2018 National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) International Women’s Day Scholarship.

The scholarship, valued at $20,000 and presented at a breakfast in Sydney on 27 March, provides funding for a research paper that will benefit and empower women in the Australian construction industry.

The NAWIC scholarship, now in its 10th year, is generously funded by design furniture, lighting and accessory company, CULT.

Dr Carnemolla, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Technology Sydney, will analyse high school girls’ perceptions of careers in the construction industry and trade.

“NAWIC is committed to building a diverse and dynamic construction workforce in which women can fully participate. Phillippa’s research will help us to advance this mission,” says NAWIC’s National Chair, Helen Badger.

“This year, we received a record 19 applications, Phillippa stood out in an extremely close field of candidates,” Ms Badger says.

The other shortlisted candidates were Deidre Dennys, who proposed to investigate the impact of taking maternity leave on women and their partners, and the challenges of returning to work. Sally Hsu and Sarah Zhang proposed to examine the key talent diversity drivers that support mid-career women in the construction industry.

According to CULT’s Managing Director Richard Munao, the judges were impressed with the scope of Dr Carnemolla’s research.

“The research will look at girls’ opinions of the construction industry, and also investigate their parents’ perceptions to understand the role they play in girls’ career choices,” Mr Munao says.

“Recommendations from the research results will enable NAWIC and broader construction networks to better engage with school-aged girls and communicate the potential for a construction career for women,” Mr Munao adds.

The research paper from last year’s winner, Sara Prendergast, Finance Manager with Downer, has been released. Ms Prendergast’s research examined attraction strategies to entice women into traditionally male-dominated operational roles within the construction industry.

“Diversity is a key focus area in Downer. We recognise that diverse perspectives and representations drive innovation and financial performance and create a more engaged and productive workforce,” Ms Prendergast says.

Among Ms Prendergast’s findings are the importance of “cascading reporting” from executive to crew level on gender diversity to “change the view of who is accountable for attracting women to operational roles”.

Companies need to “cast the labour net wide” to attract female employees, be clearer on role requirements, and ensure external talent and labour hire agencies, as well as internal talent sourcing departments, have key performance criteria attached to gender diversity. Communication across the organisation is also important, Ms Prendergast says.

“The $20,000 scholarship gave me the time and support to undertake this important research. I’m passionate about giving women opportunities to be self-sufficient. This is not just good for the individual women. The benefit of gender diversity is not just the diversity of thought women bring to the table, it is the culture and governance that creates stronger businesses.”

“The research undertaken through the NAWIC International Women’s Day scholarship program over the past decade has had a measurable impact on women’s leadership opportunities in the construction industry. CULT is proud to be supporting more exceptional research this year,” Mr Munao concludes.

Photos are available on request.

About NAWIC
Established in 1995, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) champions and empowers women in the construction and related industries to reach their full potential. NAWIC’s vision is an equitable industry within which women fully participate. See: www.nawic.com.au