As you read this we have already held both the ACT and SA Professional Excellence Awards. It was great to bring the ACT Awards ‘back home’ with many who attended commenting on the relaxed and somewhat informal stand up function. Equally in Adelaide, our organising team decided to ramp up the stakes and utilise a bigger setting at the National Wine Centre which also proved to be popular. My sincere congratulations to all winners of both High Commendations and Professional Excellence Awards to date. Click ACT and SA for the full list of winners and head to our AIB Facebook page to view the photos.

We are off to Brisbane tomorrow (14/06) before we head to Hong Kong to stage their second only Awards which is gaining some real traction. Chapter President, Henry NG and his Chapter Committee have really got behind this to ensure that it not only develops a local flavour with ‘local awards’, but also to promote entries that feed into our national program here in Australia.

Constructing Our World continues to gather momentum and is certainly being talked about in a number of circles. We have just announced another fringe event tour – this time on the Saturday immediately following the conference – taking in a full day tour of the revitalised Newcastle precinct (just north of Sydney) as well as a number of other stops along the way. Details of this tour as well as the Wednesday prior to the conference can be found here.

We are releasing more detail on speakers as well including:

Kelly Davidson – Project Manager at Eco-Fibre
Kelly is currently studying towards her BSc Honours in Construction Management at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Kelly also works for Eco-Fibre, a formwork company, which works hand-in-hand with Uni-Span Formwork and Scaffolding. Eco-Fibre & Uni-Span are working on projects with companies such as Wilson Bayly Holmes (WBHO), Concor, Mota-Engil Construction & Central Developments Property Group. Kelly will be speaking on Day 2 in Session Four – Next Generation (Young Builders Perspective South Africa).

Tan Szue Hann – Managing Director at Miniqiz Singapore
Szue Hann was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Medal, Board of Architects Prize and the ICI Gold Medal. He was also given Singapore’s 2015-16 Young Green Architect of the Year. Szue Hann’s current work is in circular economy R&D and design and build, creating architecture, spaces and products through upcycling materials. Come and see Szue Hann speak on Day 1 on Green Building for the Tropics.

Jim Moschoyiannis – Director of L.U Simon Builders
Jim joined the company in 1983. By 1996 he was a Construction Manager and a Director/Shareholder. Jim is a renowned building professional and has strong ties with major allied associations and leading universities. Jim will be speaking on Day 2 on Building and Construction Issues with Government Regulation.

While Early Bird tickets have closed, ticket prices still represent great value for this two day international conference and I urge you to grab yours today. REGISTER HERE.

Lastly, don’t forget to read the latest edition of Construct Magazine! Issue 2 of 2019 is out now!

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes