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colleges, and university design and

building professions degree courses are

compatible with the future demands.

Construction education programs need

meaningful industry input to meet

present and future workforce demands,

and this issue is of great interest to me.

There is a common view that many of

the future jobs or careers for our young

people have not yet been invented or

exist. This is probably very true for the

construction industry, not so much

because of what we build, but more so

about how we build, and the materials

and methods to be used.

A recent report into construction

education in Australia reported that

the construction academic workforce

is aging and not being replenished

sufficiently. The university and

construction sectors need to work

together to encourage graduates with

today’s skill sets to enter academia.

The Australian Institute of

Building has established

a College of Building

to enable building

professionals to “top up”

their knowledge.

Our future cities and

communities will rely on

technology to educate,

design and drive economic

and environmental

initiatives such as metrics

for building outputs, high

energy efficiency designs

and water conservation.

Concepts such as Virtual

Digital Modelling (also

known as Digital Modelling

or Building Information

Modelling), which demands

entire, complete and

inter-related information

management, will avoid

inefficient and fragmented

information gaps in

documentation and design

delivery, and will be more

common in the near

future. Clients, design team

members and building

contractors are joining as

teams to deliver efficiency

in design with an outcome

of better time, cost and

quality responses.

Changes to concepts of project initiation

and subsequent delivery are rapidly

evolving. The challenge for the industry

is to handle the mixture of finance, skills

availability, urban design concepts,

population growth, sustainability,

affordability and regulatory

requirements to deliver better outcomes

for the industry, the community and the

environment as a whole.

My focus at the ABCB is not to

necessarily influence technical matters,

but to contribute to the practical

implementation of the BCA. For

example, the Board in recent times

has done substantial work on bushfire

shelters. I am a strong advocate for

educating the general population who

live in these bushfire-prone areas, as

well as the industry practitioners who

design, build or certify in those areas.

The technical outcome as adopted

needs to be a part of the knowledge and

skill set of those living and working in

those areas. As I mentioned earlier the

skill and training of any Board initiative

or update to the BCA has various

avenues of adoption and understanding,

and I believe that bushfire structure

design or construction, is probably a

whole new area of speciality, if not a

whole new career path.

The same is true of many or all of the

numerous and constant changes to the

BCA. The Board is educating the industry

and it’s also up to the community and

the industry participants to embrace

the concept of change as brought on

by the Board, and actively contribute

towards its evolution in development,

implementation and practice.

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