25 10, 2017

Prefab Construction – Solution or Symptom

By |October 25th, 2017|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , |

Research week at Western Sydney University provides the opportunity to showcase successes from research and practice. The importance of Construction Management expertise to successfully deliver Western Sydney’s Built environment over the next 20-years cannot be over-stated. The importance of the knowledge to be gained about Smart Modern Construction (SMC) and promoting new capabilities to help develop Western Sydney into one of Australia’s leading SMC hubs clearly embraces Research Week’s aspiration

22 09, 2017

Off-site Construction Assurance – the looming industry Game Changer

By |September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , |

Construction's narrative continues to be about it's 'pieces and parts'. There is a continuing reluctance to join-up construction's pieces and parts and parts to deliver the industry's customers the full deal. New construction assurance technologies and products are now becoming the 'game changers' that will rewrite the way construction is procured - globally. The linked article below informed my presentation at PrefabAUS last week. CLICK HERE TO READ DAVID CHANDLER'S

7 02, 2017

Modern Construction

By |February 7th, 2017|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: |

The Modern Construction (MC) era will drive new industry collaborations and a measurably better deal for construction’s customers. Without leadership to advance these developments, their potential may flat-line or regress. MC is driving a systemic change to all of constructions traditional systems and culture . There are many consequences of construction’s accelerating transformations. Some include; • The industrialisation of construction will involve and increasing shift of former on-site fabrication activities

18 01, 2017

Western Sydney Airport should be delivered by a Commonwealth Government Construction Authority, not a private competitor

By |January 18th, 2017|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , |

The Commonwealth Government has already signalled that it is prepared to go it alone in delivering Western Sydney’s new airport There are many reasons of national and Western Sydney importance as to why the Commonwealth should step up on this occasion. My reasoning is expanded in Sourceable today . The link is below. Sydney Airport claims to generate over 306,000 jobs and drives $30.8bn (or 6.4%) in revenues for the

9 01, 2017

The Draft Medium Density Design Guideline for NSW – The Missing Middle

By |January 9th, 2017|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: |

How the code is implemented and how the NSW house building industry makes the necessary adaptions to its traditional business models will determine the impact this initiative has on addressing many of today’s housing challenges The submission provides invited comments on the Medium Density Design Guide and recommends the inclusion of small scaled multi-unit development class of up to 10 dwellings be added. These dwellings would be limited to 3

10 11, 2016

Shutting the garage door after the car has bolted

By |November 10th, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: |

What to do with flat blocks, cars and snout houses? Will the transformation of car use and ownership be permanently recorded by housing typographies that demonstrate how awkwardly planners and subserviently policy makers navigated this period of urban planning history? It’s time for a rethink ... ... If governments are seriously minded to harvest the potential of grey-field sites and the urban middle then they will not only need to

26 10, 2016

What kind of architects will be in demand in a modern construction industry?

By |October 26th, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , , |

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR - JIANING LUO Off-Site Manufacture and Construction (OSCM) is at the heart of the modern construction industry. Today’s architects are facing more challenges than ever before. Many architects realize that they are gradually losing control of projects. Architects often focus on design but lack practical experience in manufacturing, construction and have limited financial (transactional) knowledge. These shortcomings restrict their decision-making abilities. It is hard to change their designs

17 10, 2016

Talkin’ Rubbish – Construction Waste unconstrained by profit, but not cost to consumer?

By |October 17th, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , |

This article was jointly prepared and published by Associate Professor Vivian Tam and Adjunct Fellow David Chandler - Construction: SCEM Western Sydney University. Despite the green claims industry makes about the growing amount of the waste it creates being recycled, there is no avoiding the fact that this waste costs consumers who have no hand in avoiding it in the first place. But the bigger the downstream waste industry gets,

4 10, 2016

Construction Futures Lecture Series – ‘Will your company be beaten by 10 percent in a tender some time soon?’

By |October 4th, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: , , |

The implications of the digitisation, industrialization and global thematics now pushing construction into a modern era are too powerful to ignore. Tomorrow’s constructors should not be dazzled by these forces, they should take the time to envision and consider what is coming and how it may shape their future. Once embraced, the modernisation of construction is rich in opportunity. There will be new markets and capabilities needed to serve them.

13 09, 2016

What’s the Biggest Risk in Construction Today?

By |September 13th, 2016|Categories: Building & Housing|Tags: |

No matter who you talk to in the construction value chain, there will be a different view of construction risk and who should bear it. My article in today's Sourceable (link below) elaborates on what I firmly believe today's construction industry really needs to come to terms with. I hope you find it interesting. I also pointed to Finith Jernigan’s, ‘Big BIM - little bim’, and his chapters dealing with