What’s the future for timber enterprises in Australia and New Zealand?

In the first of two no-holds-barred pieces, both exclusive to Australasian Timber, about the changes that lay ahead in a global construction market, David provides a context for what this means for southern hemisphere timber building products. The first piece – What’s the future for timber enterprises in Australia and New Zealand? will be featured in the February edition of Australasian Timber, the first cab off the rank for our

Construction Companies Something to Watch in 2016

2016 will be a big year for construction company stories. The market's competitive dynamics are now starting to change. The share price of some our major Australian construction businesses would signal that they are fully priced and show no great prospects for a leap in shareholder value any time soon. Most are trading around their 10-year averages ... READ DAVID'S FULL ARTICLE IN SOURCEABLE

Productivity key to a better Construction Future

The coming year must see Australian construction lock in the potential of a more lawful industry and address the challenge of measurably lifting its productivity and effectiveness. Australian construction costs are amongst the highest in the world. These costs stand out when compared to those of our immediate regional neighbours. Being more competitive in the Indo-Pacific construction market will increasingly define our industry’s future success. Construction is often dismissed as

By |January 21st, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: |

A case to disrupt the traditional developer multi-unit housing delivery model

It may be time to consider new ways that future multi-unit supply may be enabled - ways that challenge the current developer delivery model to either do better or give way to alternate providers who will better meet the public's needs. READ DAVID'S FULL ARTICLE IN SOURCEABLE

Time for Construction to get serious about Regional Trade

Trade Minister Andrew Robb has been working pretty hard on regional trade agreements over the last few years. The most current are the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). And then there are the India and Indonesian FTAs in the pipeline. So what does Australia’s construction industry plan to do about it? READ DAVID'S FULL ARTICLE IN SOURCEABLE

By |October 27th, 2015|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , |

BIM is a bit like sterile seed – good for a crop

Industry e-news Sourceable ran another article on BIM. It's good to see a few BIM sceptics poking their heads up. See my thoughts and a link to the article below. CLICK HERE FOR DAVID CHANDLER ARTICLE CLICK HERE FOR SOURCEABLE ARTICLE

By |October 16th, 2015|Categories: Building & Housing|

Sourceable news constantly echoes forlorn stories about the problems facing construction in Australia these days

My article on Undermining 200 years of public confidence in Australian Construction drew many responses. Some from consumer advocates, some from ... CLICK HERE FOR PUBLISHED ARTICLE

By |October 6th, 2015|Categories: Building & Housing|

Submission into Construction Technologies by the Victorian Government

The Victorian Government recently called for submissions on the state's construction future. Attached is an edited copy of David Chandler's submission which was made in conjunction with Dr Mary Hardie of Western Sydney University and Associate Professor Willy Sher of Newcastle University. CLICK HERE FOR SUBMIITED ARTICLE (Edited)

Are Construction Contractors Taking on too Much Risk?

At a National Infrastructure Summit organised by the Australian Financial Review in June, Lend Lease chief executive officer Steve McCann told the audience that contractors around the country were being forced to take on too much risk on public sector infrastructure projects, and that a trend to place more risk onto contractors was driving up pricing, impacting productivity and leading to a higher cost society ... CLICK HERE FOR PUBLISHED

Bill Shorten: Out of Touch and Out of Date

Shorten is just hanging on by the grace of Labour’s left, mainly the CFMEU, these days ... CLICK HERE FOR PUBLISHED ARTICLE