15th Built Environment Conference

Technology, Transformation and Sustainable Construction

27- 28 SEPT 2021


“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” –William Pollard

There is little doubt that the construction industry has experienced exponential change and development in recent years. The 15th Built Environment Conference will examine five of these cutting-edge concepts to determine their state of the art in the construction sector both in practice and academic research. This conference therefore seeks responses to questions related to current conversations, debates, and empirical research on:

  • Deconstruction – the dismantling or ‘unbuilding’ of buildings to maximise reusing and preserving the demolished fragments and involves taking a building apart piece by piece, essentially reversing the order of its construction.
  • Digitalization – the conversion and transformation of construction business processes to use digital technologies and embrace the ability of digital technology to collect data, establish trends and make better business decisions.
  • Disruption – displacement of well-established construction technologies, techniques or products to disruptively affect the normal operation or function of the construction industry while potentially creating a new industry or market. Artificial intelligence, virtual/ augmented reality, internet of things, blockchain technology, and e-commerce are some of the disruptive technologies that are significantly influencing the future of the construction industry
  • Disaster – an occurrence that disrupts the normal conditions of existence and operation causing a level of suffering and challenge that exceeds the capacity of adjustment of the affected community and the construction industry
  • Development – in the context of construction refers to an industry that possesses the vision, leadership and capacity to bring about a positive transformation of itself within a condensed period of time

The conference invites papers within the context of its theme that address, inter alia, in both the public and private sectors

  • Current trends and developments
  • Innovation
  • Opportunities and challenges
  • Policies and procedures
  • Legislation and regulations
  • Practices
  • Case studies

It is intended that these papers will contribute significantly to the existing body of knowledge relative to the science and practice of construction not only in South Africa but everywhere where the products of construction are produced even in these new challenging times of fear and uncertainty.

Welcome Address By:

Prof Babatunde Femi Bakare

Prof Bakare holds a Bachelor’s Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering from Nigeria, MScEng in Environmental Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, from South Africa.  

He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and presently the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Mangosuthu University of Technology Durban, South Africa. His research activities are aligned with the National Priority focus of South Africa as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and have significant societal and environmental impacts, both nationally and internationally.

His research focus is within the broad area of, Feacal sludge management from onsite sanitation systems, water, and wastewater treatment processes, municipal and industrial solid waste management, and renewable energy (waste to energy).

He is a rated National Research Foundation (NRF) researcher and has demonstrated excellence. He has published about 45 articles in accredited journals and conference proceedings. Prof Bakare is currently the Group leader of the Environmental Pollution and Remediation Research Group at Mangosuthu University of Technology Durban South Africa.

He has mentored 3 postdoctoral students, and 3 Ph.D. students, 4 M.Eng, several B. Tech (Research project students) have completed their degrees under his supervision. He is currently supervising 4 Ph.D. students, 10 M.Eng Students, as well as 12 B.Tech (Research Project Students).

Prof Bakare is an Editorial Advisory Board member for the Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, and Springer Nature Journal Discovery Sustainability.


Mr Graham Teede

Mr Graham Teede

Advisory Council Member
Construction Management Foundation – South Africa
Advancing the Profession of Construction Management
in Australia and South Africa

Full Bio

Prof Kathy Michell

Prof Kathy Michell

Deputy Dean for Undergraduate Studies (Teaching & Learning) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at UCT

Full Bio

Dr H Prinsloo

Dr H Prinsloo

Delay claim specialist, adjudicator, construction manager, and professor.

Full Bio

Prof. David J. Edwards

Professor David J. Edwards

BSc(Hons), PhD, FIoQ
David is a Professor of Plant & Machinery Management, Birmingham City University.

Full Bio

Mr Gregory Evans

Mr Gregory Evans

Head of Engineering Unit: eThekwini Municipality, Durban

Full Bio

Dr Francois Jacobs

Dr Francois Jacobs

Associate Professor of Civil and Architectural Engineering - Construction Management
University of Wyoming

Full Bio

2021 Conference Fees

ASOCSA Member, CIC, Registered Professionals R 4,500.00
Non ASOCSA Members R 5,000.00
Students (Masters, Honours, PHDs) R 3,500.00


Conference Chairs:

Prof. Theodore Haupt, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Durban, South Africa
Dr. Mariam Akinlolu, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Durban, South Africa

Conference Co-chair:

Dr Zakheeya Armoed, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa

Academic Chairs:

Dr. Fredrick Simpeh, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Dr. Christopher Amoah, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Conference Organiser:

Mrs. Ferial Lombardo, Conference Secretariat


Prof. Raymond Levitt, Stanford University, USA
Prof. Sarvesh Chandra, Indian Institute of Technology, India
Prof. Francois Jacobs, University of Wyoming, USA
Prof. Kathy Michell, University of Cape Town, RSA
Prof. K. Kajimo-Shakantu, University of the Free State, RSA
Prof. David Edwards, Birmingham City University, UK
Prof. A Gibb, Loughborough University, UK
Prof. G Ofori, London South Bank University, UK
Prof. Theodore Haupt, Mangosuthu University of Technology, RSA
Prof. C Cloete, University of Pretoria, RSA
Prof. David Root, University of Witwatersrand, RSA
Prof. C Trois, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, RSA
Prof. PD Rwelamila, University of South Africa, RSA
Prof. John Obas Ebohon, London South Bank University, UK
Dr. S Zulu, Leeds University, UK
Dr. N Chileshe, University of South Australia, Australia
Dr. S Mohamed, Griffiths University, Australia
Dr. O.O. Ugwu, University of Nigeria, Nigeria
Dr. Geraldine Kikwasi, Ardhi University, Tanzania
Dr. Ephraim Zulu, Copperbelt University, Zambia