We are getting a great response to our upcoming international conference Constructing Our World which is now just under four months away. Early Bird tickets end tomorrow (31 May)  so I would suggest you get in now and save money along the way.

As we have done previously, I want to again feature a number of speakers who will be appearing at the conference:

Shiva Ghazal
Enterprise Systems Specialist – Hansen Yuncken
Shiva has a mandate to increase efficiency through refined processes and innovation across the enterprise. Her team has achieved this through the development of a world class, and award winning collaboration and information management system called Hyway. Shiva will be speaking on Day 1 about building innovation.

Franklin Po
Principal Tierra Design Studio
Franklin started practising landscape architecture in Singapore at a time when the idea of landscaping meant little more than planting a few evergreens and laying the turf. Well aware of the higher status accorded to architects and engineers, he has, in the last 20 years, helped to raise the standard of the profession by incorporating aspects of architecture and urban planning into a hybrid better known as urban design. Franklin will be speaking on Day 1 on innovative sustainability projects in Singapore.

Prof Benita Zulch
Head of Dept of Construction Economics University of Pretoria
Professor Benita Zulch has over 28 years of education experience in teaching, lecturing and assessment, programme leadership, administration, curriculum development. Benita will be speaking about educating the workforce of South Africa on Day 1.

I am also pleased to announce that we have added another great tour/fringe event to the schedule – this time on the Saturday immediately following the conference. Spend the day out in Newcastle CBD and the Hunter Valley. Sites include the new HIEX Hotel, West and East-End precincts and residential developments and the NewSpace building at Newcastle University’s city campus. Register here.

I can’t stress enough how excited we are to bring this event to our members both here, as well as to our colleagues in New Zealand through the New Zealand Institute of Building and from our connections with the Singapore Institute of Building Limited.

Finally this week, I again ask that if you haven’t renewed you AIB Membership, please do so ASAP. As I am sure you are aware, we rely on your subscription to be able to continue to deliver services, events and activities etc. You can call our membership team on (02) 6253 1100 who can help you with this on the spot, or of course as per your renewal notice.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Greg Hughes