The Tenth Built Environment Conference

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The 10th Built Environment Conference was held in Port Elizabeth from 31 July - 2 August 2016.

The ASOCSA Built Environment conference series has become the leading built environment conference on the African ASOCSA Built Environment conference series continent. It is one of only two construction-related conferences in South Africa that has been fully accredited by the Department of Higher Education for subsidy. Since its inception in 2006 the peer reviewed conference proceedings have been referred to by private and public sector policy and decisionmakers.

The series produces a conference edition of the sought after Journal of Construction, which is on the list of journals approved by the South African Department of HigherEducation for subsidy.

In the past the series has been underwritten by major industry stakeholders that have included the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB),Council for the Built Environment (CBE), Master Builders SouthAfrica (MBSA), PPC Cement and Peri.The series continues to be endorsed by the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), one of the largest global builtenvironment research organizations.


pic of white boardWho Attended

The conference provides 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 will be presented

Why They Attended

This conference sought responses to questions related to current conversations and debates on infrastructure delivery and sustainability such as:


  • Infrastructure Development Management
  • Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) including professional practice
  • Sustainable Green Building
  • Innovative construction education
  • Improved project management
  • Mega construction projects in developing countries
  • Construction contracts
  • Innovation in construction technologies
  • Scaffolding and supportwork
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) including Building Information Modeling
  • Inappropriate construction practices and ethics

Objectives of the Conference

The 10th Built Environment Conference, with a very clear infrastructure delivery and sustainability focus continued in the tradition of previous conferences in the series and provides in an ever-increasing challenging global economic environment an international forum that provides the opportunity for researchers and practitioners from developed, developing and underdeveloped nations to deliberate topical current issues that impact the Built Environment. The broad objectives of the conference were:

  • To provide a forum for multi-disciplinary interaction between academics and Industry practitioners;
  • To disseminate innovative and cutting edge practices that respond to the conference theme and outcomes namely Directions in Infrastructure Delivery and Sustainability;
  • To provide a world class leading internationally recognized, accredited conference for the built environment;
  • To contribute to the existing built environment body of knowledge (BEBOK) and practice especially around the conference theme.

The organizers aimed to bring together in a single forum 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.

Conference Outcomes

This conference sought responses to questions related to current conversations and debates in construction and its future and will include papers that are based on research and address, inter alia,

  • Current trends and developments
  • Policies
  • Legislation and regulations
  • Practices
  • Case studies

Landmark Best Paper Award

A R5000 cash prize was awarded for best paper and was handed out at Gala dinner, authors were present at Gala dinner to receive award.