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The Seventh Built Environment Conference

Header banner The Sixth Built Environment Conference

bullet point About the Conference

The Seventh Built Environment Conference was held in Cape Town from 28-30 July - 2013.

The ASOCSA Built Environment conference series has become the leading built environment conference on the African continent.

Since its inception in 2006 the peer reviewed conference proceedings have been referred to by private and public sector policy and decision makers. The series is fully accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education and produces a conference edition of the sought after Journal of Construction, which is also accredited by the South African Department of Higher Education.

The series has been underwritten by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), Council for the Built Environment (CBE), Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) and many major industry stakeholders. It has been endorsed by the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), one of the largest global built environment research organizations.

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The conference provided an international forum for researchers and practitioners from developed, developing and underdeveloped nations to address fundamental problems and constraints that affect the Built Environment and a wide range of topics was presented

bullet point Purpose of the Conference

The main topics that were explored included:

  • Construction Industry Development
  • Public and Private Sector industry involvement
  • Construction industry sustainability
  • Education and Professional Development
  • Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
  • Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Management
  • Climate Change and Green Building
  • Service delivery/Customer service
  • Information and Communication Technology and Innovation
  • Legislation and Regulations
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • International Construction
  • Project Performance Improvement and Measurement
  • Housing, Urban Design and Development
  • Procurement and Integrated Project Delivery Systems and Operationalization
  • Disaster Management
  • Sustainable design, construction standards and materials
  • Contractor Development
  • People in Construction

bullet point Objectives of the Conference

The Seventh Built Environment Conference, with a very clear industry development and sustainability focus, provided a forum for researchers and practitioners from developed, developing and underdeveloped nations to deliberate fundamental problems and constraints that affect the development and sustainability of the Built Environment.

  • To provide a forum for multi-disciplinary Interaction between academics and practitioners
  • To disseminate innovative and cutting edge practices that respond to the conference theme and outcomes, namely industry development and sustainability
  • To provide a world class leading internationally recognized, accredited conference for the built environment; and
  • To contribute to the existing built environment body of knowledge (BEBOK) and practice.

The organizers aim to bring together researchers and academics from the full range of built environment disciplines that include engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, construction and project managers; administrators and government officials; industry professionals and practitioners; and contractors. Delegates were drawn from institutions of higher learning, government agencies, contracting organizations, consulting practices, financial institutions, and other construction-related organizations from the Southern African region but also from other parts of the world.

bullet point Conference Outcomes

Through this conference, we aimed to find answers to the following :

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  • How can overall construction policy, practice and outcomes be improved?
  • How can government contribute to construction industry development and sustainability?
  • How can infrastructure delivery be improved?
  • What inhibits/restricts/prevents change in industry policy, practices and products?
  • Which economic levers can be used to achieve these changes?
  • How can informal construction sector and construction SMME problems best be addressed?
  • How can construction education, training, and professional development be improved given the shortage of skills at all levels?
  • How can all construction industry participants be integrated into professional construction policies and practices?
  • What policies, strategies and interventions will enhance diversity in the construction sector?
  • How can the legislative and regulatory environment be made more effective?
  • What is the potential contribution to improvement of alternative and traditional technologies?