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The Sixth Built Environment Conference

Header banner The Sixth Built Environment Conference

bullet point About the Conference

conference whiteboard picThe Sixth Built Environment Conference was held at the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, Johannesburg from 31 July - 2 August 2011.

The 6th Built Environment Conference of the Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa (ASOCSA) endorsed by the International Council of Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) and sponsored by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) featured keynote speakers addressing topics of relevance to construction industry stakeholders.

bullet point Who attended

The event was attended by researchers, academics, administrators and practitioners representing educational institutions, government agencies, contracting organizations, consulting enterprises, financial institutions, and other construction-related organizations from Southern Africa and the rest of the world.

bullet point Purpose of the Conference

The main topics explored included:

  • Sustainable construction
  • Climate Change
  • Education and Professional Development
  • Service delivery /Customer service
  • Information Technology
  • Legislation and Regulatory Framework
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
  • Safety, Health, Environment and Quality
  • Construction Industry Development
  • International Construction
  • Project Performance Improvement
  • Risk Management
  • Housing
  • Integrated Project Delivery Systems
  • Disaster Management
  • Sustainable Design and construction standards
  • Urban Design and Development
  • Contractor Development

bullet point Objectives of the Conference

  • To provide a forum for multi-disciplinary Interaction between academics and practitioners
  • To provide an internationally recognised, accredited conference for the built environment
  • To disseminate innovative and cutting edge practices
  • To contribute to the built environment body of knowledge(BEBOK)

bullet point Conference Outcomes

Through this conference, answers were sought to the following :

  • What changes would lead to improvements?
  • How can informal technology contribute to improvement?
  • What are the barriers to change?
  • What economic levers can be used?
  • How can informal construction sector and SMME problems be addressed?
  • How can education, training, and professional development be improved?
  • How can all industry participants be integrated?
  • How can communication and management difficulties be addressed?
  • How can project risks be better recognized, understood and avoided?
  • How can diversity be promoted?
  • How can the regulatory environment be more effective?