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2018 sessions coming soon.

2017 DAY ONE

8:30 AM


Registration and coffee


9:00 AM


Opening remarks and welcome from the Chair

    Nick Gillies, Partner, Hesketh Henry

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9:10 AM


Boom or bust? The outlook for the construction sector

    Catherine Spencer, Head of Construction Analytics, Pacifecon Paul Ryan, National Sales Manager, Pacifecon

The outlook of the sector will inform and shape strategies to ensure sustainability in the construction sector. Will the current trends and supply of building work continue to challenge our resources throughout the country and what will be done to ensure the stability of the construction industry?

  • Knowledge is power: mitigating the effects of the boom-bust cycle
  • Demand is high: is the construction industry growing to meet it?
  • Informing Opportunities to invest in the building sector and support sustainable product growth

9:30 AM


Best of times and worst of Times: Firms and people as drivers of construction productivity

    Adam Jaffe, Director and Senior Fellow, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
  • Effective allocation of resources: forecasting peak areas of growth throughout the country
  • Looking into your current processes to build efficiency throughout the supply chain
  • Investigating collaboration – why it may be the answer to future-proof your business

10:00 AM


Coping with capacity: Managing quality, budget and time constraints


It is predicted that around half of the expected new builds will take place in Auckland putting immense pressure on the capacity of its builders. How are Auckland builders adapting to the capacity issue and what will the winning strategies be to maintain quality within budgets and time lines?


10:30 AM


Morning break


11:00 AM


Developer & financiers panel: Preparing the construction pipeline

    David Kennedy, Chief Executive, Ngai Tahu Property; Wayne Silver, Chief Financial Officer, Willis Bond; John Love, Chief Financial Officer, Tawera Group

The building sector is experiencing rapid growth - bringing both challenges and opportunities, which brings both highs and lows. Hear from those financing future projects within the construction sector on their future strategies.

  • Embracing the opportunity of the Auckland Unitary Plan - what are the key areas of development?
  • Looking into new models of development in commercial and urban sectors

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11:45 AM


MBIE LBP Update: Regulatory settings and uncomplicating compliance

    Paul Hobbs, Registrar of Building, MBIE

Becoming qualified as an LBP is a great way to show project managers and consumers that your work will be up to standard. However, being an LBP comes with requirements and responsibilities that are not always upheld. Paul Hobbs gives his perspective on the areas of improvement for practitioners and offers opportunities to up skill and avoid the costs of non-compliance.


12:15 PM


Legislation updates: Translating requirements for everyday practice


Short, sharp updates on the most important legislation for your practice - what’s changing, what’s not and what are the greatest areas of improvement?


Health and Safety at Work Act

    Olivia Welsh, Associate, Kensington Swan

Building Act

    Dave Barr, Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson

Construction Contracts Act & Retentions

    Brian Clayton, Partner, Chapman Tripp

1:00 PM


Lunch break


2:00 PM


Getting it right: Councils, consenting and compliance

    Shane Taane, Manager Business Development and Improvement, Wellington City Council; Ian McCormick, General Manager Building Control, Auckland Council; Robert Wright, Head of Building Consenting - Consents and Compliance Group, Christchurch City Council

One of the most time-consuming tasks of your building project is getting compliance and with di erent conditions from each council, it can be a mine eld to get your project approved. This session features representatives from 3 of the busiest councils in the country to give their views on why projects are commonly rejected and how you can avoid this in future.

  • Addressing council concerns with poor building quality in materials and construction
  • Linking the RMA, Building Code and compliance - is a fast- tracked consenting process in the best interest for everyone?
  • Overcoming the challenge of working in cross-over jurisdictions

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2:45 PM


How to assess the quality of a product - new and existing

    Louise Swann, Director, The Building Business

The outcome of a design rests, in part, on the quality and performance of the products that you as the desginer chooses. What can you do to ensure that the performance you require is the performance that is delivered?


3:15 PM


Afternoon break


3:45 PM


Quality of skills - Attracting and maintaining talent: The skills shortage & resourcing your business

    Jenny Parker, Recruitment Manager, Building Recruitment / Auckland Chairperson, National Association of Women in Construction

Although there are record numbers of building apprentices becoming qualified every year, there still needs to be 1000- 3500 new builders developing their skills each year to meet the predicted growth within the building industry.


4:15 PM


Investing in our future: Creating resilient, sustainable buildings

    Andrew Eagles, Chief Executive, New Zealand Green Building Council

It is predicted that around half of the expected new builds will take place in Auckland putting immense pressure on the capacity of its builders. How are Auckland builders adapting to the capacity issue and what will the winning strategies be to maintain quality within budgets and timelines?

  • How green building contributes to your bottom line and the consumer perspective
  • Simple strategies to implement green practices into your building projects
  • Case studies of green building projects

4:45 PM


International keynote I: The inevitable future with digital construction

    Mat Colmer, Environment Specialist, Built

Mat Colmer, Built Environment Specialist from the UK shares his forecasts for the future of construction – digital processes and a system of interlinked technology. What can we learn from the British uptake of digital construction and how can we prepare ourselves for the inevitable future?

  • If BIM is the answer, what is the problem? Context of the British BIM mandate
  • Transforming an industry - the evolution or revolution of a sector that is slow to change
  • Future casting - is technology smart enough to give us an integrated and collaborative construction system?

5:15 PM


Summary remarks from the Chair & networking drinks

2017 DAY TWO

9:00 AM


Opening remarks from the Chair:

    Nick Gillies, Partner, Hesketh Henry

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9:10 AM


International keynote II: The Farsight Project - insight into the future of construction

    Robert Sobyra, Director - Evidence & Data, Construction Skills Queensland

Robert Sobyra from Construction Skills Queensland shares some of the insight from the ‘Farsight Project’, predicting the future of construction work, weaving together the technological, social, political and economic forces reshaping our industry to better understand how they might change what we build and how we build it.

  • Global megatrends in construction and their implications
  • Assessing emerging technologies reshaping the construction landscape and their implications for jobs, training and skills

9:40 AM


Facilitating collaboration throughout the building process - from design to delivery

    Christina van Bohemen, Principal, Sills van Bohemen Architects / President, New Zealand Institute of Architects

Ultimately New Zealand’s construction sector is characterised by a vast number of smaller building businesses. Collaboration and strategic partnerships may enhance productivity and allow for more sustainable business processes. Hear from some of the successful key players in the industry on how they capitalise on their relationships to create more productive supply chains.


10:10 AM


Procurement & the bottom line - why it pays to get it right

    Dr Naseem Amir Ali, Senior Lecturer in Quantity Surveying, Massey University
  • Addressing common challenges within the procurement processes and easy ways to overcome issues
  • Alliancing and sub-contractors - managing the different aspects within procurement
  • Looking into di erent options for procurement and the current guidelines - do we have strong enough regulations in this area?

10:40 AM


Morning break


11:00 AM


Group housing projects - holistic living and large scale building

    Jo McDonald, General Manager, Kensington Park

New housing projects allow for the largescale development of new homes, ful lling need for housing whilst offering economies of scale. However, there are a multitude of factors to consider when developing group housing projects to ensure holistic development of a community.

  • Supporting development with infrastructure - understanding funding allocation of major projects
  • Unlocking the key to success with high quality large scale developments
  • Understanding council and home owner views when creating a new development

11:30 AM


QUICKFIRE CASE STUDIES: Harnessing the full power of BIM

    Simon Mobley, Director, asBUILT
Mark Finlayson, Director, Envivo
    Many practitioners believe that BIM software is still underutilised in our construction sector in New Zealand, o ering opportunities to speed up the building process and create a safer environment. Hear successful case studies of BIM application and the resulting challenges, bene ts and lessons learned along the way.

12:15 PM


Lunch break

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1:15 PM


Accessing and evaluating new materials - What to look out for

    Nick Marston, Team Leader Materials, BRANZ

New materials offer opportunities for better, more sustainable infrastructure and are on everyone’s radar as suppliers try to come up with new ways to improve building performance and ultimately contribute to better quality buildings.

  • What are the most reliable ways to nd out about new products and innovative building systems
  • What are the latest products, what’s trending and what’s available to facilitate faster acceptance in the marketplace by users, specifiers and approving authorities?

1:45 PM


The Ultimate Global model: Innovation for high quality housing

    Grant McKenzie, CEO, Ultimate Global Homes

The Ultimate Global Homes process of construction re ects a true story of kiwi ingenuity, currently represented in 32 countries around the world, with over 20 years in the global market. What is the secret to delivering a sustainable, resilient house on time and within budget? Hear about their innovative methods of construction with their systematic process of building and the implications across New Zealand for the ‘Ultimate global model’.


2:15 PM


Optimising new technologies: Innovation for the construction sector


The construction industry is welcoming new tech that enables new techniques and aids for a smoother building process. The construction industry is constantly ooded with new building technologies and materials, but not all of them are worthy of investment. Hear from the experts on what building technology trends are here to stay and how to make the most of them within your current building processes.




UAV & 3D scanning

Malcolm Archbold, Survey Director, asBUILT



Augmented reality for construction

Mike Bundock, CEO, Augview




Dr Warren Grigsby, Research Leader Chemical Synthesis and Design, Scion Research

3:00 PM


Afternoon break


3:20 PM


CASE STUDY: Smarter building techniques -
the Modular Classroom Project

Alec Couchman, Director, Brewer Davidson Architects

New Zealand is starting to pioneer new collaborative
methods to meet goals of cost e ective, smart, sustainable and technologically exible developments. Modular building strategies extend to the entire design, building procurement and construction strategies. These include adapting to climate change, earthquake survivability, long-term durability and long life-loose t technologies and materials. Alec Couchman shares the outcomes of the nationwide roll-out of the 5 GreenStar rated modular building (MB) classrooms that are being implemented throughout the country and the implications for the wider building sector with ‘smarter building techniques’.


3:50 PM


The future of the sector: What the world of building will look like in the next 5, 10, 50 years?


This session takes a realistic view at the future forecast
of building in New Zealand, looking at the impact of new technologies, different methods of building practice and the future environment to sustain building. How can you prepare yourself and future-proof your business to survive throughout changing economies and building environments?


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