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2011 Symposium


Current built environment research in New Zealand tertiary institutions

Friday 23 September 2011

Albany Campus, Massey University, Auckland

The first of planned series of the built environment research symposia was held on Friday 23 September 2011 on the Albany Campus of Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand. The theme of the inaugural symposium was on collaborative built environment research and education in New Zealand. The symposium kicked off with participation by four universities: Auckland, AUT, Massey and Unitec. Unfortunately, Victoria University could not participate due to involvement in a US design competition. Other New Zealand universities were expected to join the group at a later stage.

Overall, the symposium offered opportunities for postgraduate research students and the university academic staff to make known their research projects, especially to the industry and to receive useful feedback. It also provided a forum for researchers to network with the construction industry practitioners, policy makers and government agencies with a view to understanding the priority research needs of the industry. Public and private sector participants comprised representatives from the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ), the Department of Building and Housing (DBH), Auckland Regional Council, property developers, real estate agents, directors of construction companies and building materials suppliers.

Dr Jasper Mbachu – convenor of the event – hinted that this and other symposia to follow were aimed at challenging the silo mentality amongst researchers in the New Zeaalnd built environment; adding that, “given the multi-disciplinary nature of the built environment research, the focus is on promotion of collegiality and awareness of research efforts in this area, within the New Zealand tertiary institutions”.

At the workshop session, a panel comprising academics and industry practitioners considered the challenges faced by postgraduate research students and staff and offered experience-based solutions to resolving them. Discussions at the workshop session were documented to provide a compendium of typical constraints and solution to guide current and prospective research students and staff in their research efforts.

Appreciations go to the following and others not mentioned for supporting the event in one way or another: FutureIntech for sponsoring this event; Pieter Burghout – BRANZ CEO – for supporting the symposium with his presence and presentation; Adrian Bennett (DBH), Kevin Golding (Winstone Wallboards), and Daiman Otto (representing Ron McDonald of Hawkins Construction) for attending and participating at the workshop session. The supports of the heads of the built environment programmes at The University of Auckland, UNITEC, AUT and Massey are also gratefully acknowledged. Hosting of subsequent symposia will be rotated amongst the participating institutions. Host for the next symposium will be advised in due course.

The flier can be accessed for details about the symposium NZ-BuiltEnvironment-Inaugural-Research-Symposium_Albany_23Sep11_rev5

The schedules, topics and presenters are shown below.

Printable version of the programme is available nzbers_23Sep11_programme


Slot Presentation/ Activity Presenter/ Participants
9.30 – 10.30 AM Registrations; light refreshments All
10.30 – 10.35 AM Welcome address;Fresh Perspectives on ‘Research’ Prof Ian Maddox, Assoc Head, School of Engg & Adv. Tech.
10.35 – 11.05 AM The New Zealand construction industry research agenda Pieter Burghout, Chair, NZCIC; CEO, BRANZ
11.05 – 11.20 AM Q & A session on research agenda All
11.20 – 11.35 AM Infrastructure and environment research at The University of Auckland, Faculty of Engineering A/Prof Suzanne Wilkinson
11.35 – 11.50 AM Built environment research at Massey University A/Prof Robyn Phipps
11.50 AM – 12.05 PM AUT research in the Built environment: An overview of current work A/Prof John Tookey
12.05 – 12.20 PM Built environment research and challenges at Unitec A/Prof Jonathan Leaver and Dr Linda Kestle
12.20 – 12.40 PM Lunch break All
12.40 – 1.40 PM Workshop: Research challenges faced by research students Pieter Burghout; Adrian Bennett (Manager, DBH); Ron MacDonald (Commercial Mgr, Hawkins); Daiman Otto (Designer, Hawkins); Kevin Golding (Winstone Wallboards); S Wilkinson; R Phipps; J Tookey; J Leaver; J Rotimi; G Miller; T Egbelakin; N Domingo; J Mbachu; research students.
1.40 – 1.50 PM Security of payments in the New Zealand Construction Industry Thanuja Ramachandra  (PhD work-in-progress, AUT)
1.50 – 2.00 PM Evaluating the incidence of defects in new residential buildings in New Zealand: Causes, effects and remedies Funmi Rotimi  (PhD work-in-progress, AUT)
2.00 – 2.10 PM Securing best prices for construction materials: An exploratory study of the New Zealand construction industry Amila Samarasinghe  (PhD proposal, AUT)
2.10 – 2.20 PM Generating Value in Alliance Contracts through Productivity Improvements Nimesha Vilasini (PhD work-in-progress, AUT)
2.20 – 2.35 PM Tea/ Coffee break All
2.35 – 2.45 PM Challenges of strategic facilities management: analysis of problems faced by institutional facilities managers Myzatul Kamarazaly (PhD work-in-progress, Massey)
2.45 – 2.55 PM Offsite manufacturing as a means of improving productivity in NZ construction industry: Key barriers to adoption and improvement measures Wajiha Shahzad (completed MConMgt Thesis, Massey)
2.55 – 3.05 PM Paving the way for public private partnerships in New Zealand infrastructure development Tingting Liu (PhD work-in-progress, UoA)
3.05 – 3.15 PM A model of relationship quality for the construction industry Mostafa Jelodar (PhD work-in-progress, UoA)
3.15 – 3.25 PM Influencing human behaviour on energy efficiency in green building Sakina Mokhtar (PhD work-in-progress, UoA)
3.25 – 3.35 PM Disaster reconstruction resourcing following the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch Alice Chang (Post doc work-in-progress, UoA)
3.35 – 3.45 PM Built environment research in New Zealand: Challenges and the way forward Jasper Mbachu (Work-in-progress, Massey)
3.45 – 3.55 PM Drafting construction contracts: Quest for simplicity and clarity Naseem Ameer Ali (Work-in-progress, Massey)
3.55 – 4.05 PM Q & A on presentations All
4.05 PM Close All

Links to the schedules above point to the presentations at the sympsium.