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

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

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

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.

Creating a Valuable Modern Construction Enterprise

There has been plenty of interest in my recent article suggesting the sorts of questions that budding construction enterprises might get ready to answer as their businesses look the next phase of growth. The conversation around “Is this a business?” is set to continue. There seems to be strong interest in taking the subject further. I believe start up-construction enterprises will be the engine room of the transformations that will

Is BIM overhyped?

Detractors of BIM say claims about its cost and productivity benefits remain unsubstantiated, while advocates point to the need for better client education and application of the right level of detail. Christopher Byrne, BIM teacher at Swinburne University of Technology, concedes that the critics of BIM have a valid case in certain circumstance. CLICK HERE FOR PUBLISHED ARTICLE

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Game on for Modern Construction Enterprises

Hardly a week goes by that I am not approached by two or three organisations to either appraise a new construction product or to describe how Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) might redefine their enterprise. Its clear that there is widespread discontent with current construction methods and contracting. READ MORE

Will ACTU secretary Dave Oliver share his Kodak moment with Dave Noonan?

This month’s ACTU conference could be a bit like the last group hug on the Titanic if unions do not take what Secretary David Oliver said in his speech to this week’s National Press Club in Canberra seriously. Oliver warned that the union movement is threatened by the rise of disruptive technologies and could face a Kodak moment if it does not engage with a new generation of workers. For

Whoever got sacked for employing a blue chip constructor?

But are the benefits of their being too big to fail now being outweighed by ignoring their cost and impact on the wider industry? It’s amazing that the Reserve Bank Governor continues to describe the Sydney and Melbourne markets as the nation’s property hot spots, without any reference to the blanket impact of construction wage agreements and their cost across the whole industry. CLICK HERE FOR PUBLISHED ARTICLE

MODERN METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION – Amy Marks speaking tour of Australia and NZ drew a lot of interest

Amy Marks made a compelling case for clients to rethink how they buy their construction projects in future. Marks is the President of ... CLICK HERE FOR PUBLISHED ARTICLE

Better call Noonan (CFMEU National Secretary)

Noonan has consistently achieved double inflation rises for his members over the years since the GFC and the then Labor government propped the construction industry to avoid the downturn seen by our international trading partners. CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

Looks Like the Construction Productivity Genie is now firmly back in the bottle

The Abbott government seems uninterested in real reform such as construction productivity. Rather, scoring a few political points by establishing a Royal Commission takes precedence. Prior to Abbott, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) had been working on streamlining and improving the national licensing of building activity, building related occupations and standards since 2009. The Abbott government’s actions since include sending most of the key areas to do with lifting