Australia has reached its 23rd year of continuous economic growth. To keep striving for further development, the government is putting in an increased effort to drive productivity and increase innovation, which extends to the construction sector.

The Built Environment Faculty at the University of New South Wales recently hosted a Construction Leaders Forum, which was supported by both the Australian Constructions Association and the Australian Institute of Building, from which NSW Chapter President David Alessi will be speaking at the Sydney Build Expo. The forum was attended by 25 leaders from some of the largest contractors in Australia, who came together to discuss various ways to boost innovation and productivity within the industry.

A few ideas that were agreed upon include the need for increased predictability of delivery, a shift from the product-based delivery model to service-based, and increased usage of new technologies. There was also discussion on what the government, regulators and clients can do to help with increasing productivity.

Martin Loosemore, a Professor of Construction Management under the Build Environment Faculty at UNSW concluded from the discussions that there are “many opportunities to further federal government goals of enhancing growth through competition, innovation and entrepreneurship” within the construction industry.

In light of this recent forum, Sydney Build Expo will be hosting a series of networking sessions of their own, called the VIP “Meet The Buyers” sessions. They will take place through-out the 2 day expo, with “Meet the Developers” and “Meet the Contractors” happening from 9:30 am onward on the 10th of March. The final session “Meet the Architects” will take place from 9:30 am onward on the 11th of March. These sessions will allow professionals in their various fields to interact and share ideas, as well as discuss the latest trends in the industry and how they can be improved.

Another major update on the Sydney Build Expo is that our leading event partner Master Builders Association of NSW will provide support and accreditation of the CPD points for all workshops during the two-day event, from the 10-11 March 2016 at the Australian Technology Center. They will issue CPD points that are worth 1 CPD point per hour, capped at 2 CPD points (2 hours) per person / per day.