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The hui will focus on three p's: People, Productivity + Performance. If you’re a manager of people in the construction sector (or aspire to be) - whether that’s as a site, construction, design, cost, digital, or project manager – then this event is for you.

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Member Spotlight: Jeremy Earle

Posted on Thursday 01 February, 2024

Jeremy Earle won the Projects over $50 Million category at the 2023 NZ Building People Awards. Jeremy is a Construction Manager at Southbase Construction, he was awarded for his work on the build at Wakatipu High School, Tahuna | Queenstown. 

The judges said of Jeremy, “What impressed us most about Jeremy was his empathy for people, especially his team, his encouragement for diversity and making sure he selected a team that worked well with the client, and then appreciating that being a younger team he need to look after their wellness and ensure they did not feel isolated.”

We asked Jeremy a few questions to get to know him better.

New guidance for ‘digital first’ in the built environment

Posted on Wednesday 17 January, 2024

The ‘Digital Guidance Suite’, or DigiGuide, which includes a Value Case for digital first strategies and the New Zealand Handbook for Building Information Management (BIM) processes, has been released and is available to download.

The documents in the DigiGuide suite will help those working in the built environment to get on the same page when comes to digital. The documents have come out of the ‘Digital BIM Guidance Project’ led by the New Zealand Institute of Building and the BIMinNZ Steering Group with input from a broad range of construction and infrastructure industry subject matter experts. This project was funded by the Construction Sector Accord through its Innovation workstream.

 

Digital Triplets: Construction Industry collaboration improving productivity through clarity and consistency  

Posted on Thursday 30 November, 2023

We commonly hear that the construction sector is fragmented and suffering from a lack of collaboration, however collaborating organisations are working hard to change that.

The New Zealand Construction Industry Council (NZCIC), the NZ Institute of Building (NZIOB), and Te Waihanga | NZ Infrastructure Commission are all leaders of change responding to the Construction Sector Accord’s Transformation Plan.

This month sees the launch of three guidelines that have all been revised and better digitised to improve productivity, mitigate and fairly allocate risk, and future proofing the built environment. These projects are the culmination of years of effort from across the sector, representing strong collaboration between Government and Industry groups.

Member spotlight: Jane Jujnovich

Posted on Thursday 30 November, 2023

Jane Jujnovich won the James Hardie Innovation Award at the 2023 NZ Building People Awards. Jane is a Project Director at Kāinga Ora, she was awarded for her transformative work on Te Mātāwai project in Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland.

Jane’s glass half full approach has driven change right through her organisation to focus on the greater social outcomes in everything they do, leading her to be described by her colleagues at Kāinga Ora as the “True North.”

We asked Jane a few questions to get to know her better.

Peter McGuinness Honorary FNZIOB 1947-2023

Posted on Tuesday 28 November, 2023

We are sorry to share the news that Peter McGuinness died on Sunday 26 November 2023.

In 2020 Peter was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute, an honour only five others currently hold. Honorary Fellow’s are given out to people who hold positions of distinction in the building and construction industry to acknowledge the significant contribution they have made. Peter certainly met these criteria and was held in a very high regard in the industry and by the Institute.

We are thinking of Peter’s family and all those at LT McGuinness. We wanted to share a few things about Peter to help honour his life and contribution to the industry.

Unveiling an Engineering Marvel: A Site Visit to Kate Valley Landfill Facility

Posted on Thursday 23 November, 2023

On Friday 10 November 2023 a Site Visit for our Next Gen members from Ara - Te Pukenga took place to the Kate Valley Landfill Facility. 

This was organised by Heather Huckle and the Institute's Young Professional Advisors (YPA). Adam Baxter, who is on the Institute's Southern Region Committee went along on the visit and made a few notes about the visit. 

Read Adam's summary. 

 

Member spotlight: Gracen Luka

Posted on Thursday 02 November, 2023

Gracen Luka was awarded the NZIOB Charitable Education Trust - Emerging Leader Award and was also given a Special Commendation from the Supreme Award Judges at the 2023 NZ Building People Awards.

At the time of the Awards Gracen was the Associate Development Manager at Fletcher Living and has since moved to Australia. 

We asked Gracen a few quick questions to get to know her a little better. 

 

Member Spotlight: George Russell

Posted on Thursday 05 October, 2023

George Russell took home the GIB Supreme Award at the 2023 NZ Building People Awards.

 

George is a Project Manager at Wilson Commercial and won for his work leading the Samoa High Commission project in Te Whanganui-a-Tara | Wellington.


We asked George a few quick questions to get to know him a little better. 

 

DigiGuide update - What's new in the BIM Handbook?

Posted on Thursday 05 October, 2023

The New Zealand Institute of Building and the BIMinNZ Steering Group are working with subject matter experts on a Digital BIM Guidance Project (DigiGuide). One of the key outcomes of the project is to review and update the current Building Information Modelling (BIM) Handbook (2019) to ensure it is current with the relevant international standards, considers any industry led process changes and includes new terminology. This project is being funded by the Construction Sector Accord through its Innovation workstream. 

The NZ BIM Handbook has been the cornerstone of BIM adoption in the New Zealand construction sector since 2014. The current version was published in 2019 but as this is a fast-evolving environment, it’s in need of a refresh. 

So, why is this needed and what can you expect to see in the updated Handbook?

BIM Handbook - Consultation

Posted on Tuesday 03 October, 2023

The New Zealand Institute of Building and the BIMinNZ Steering Group are working with subject matter experts on a Digital BIM Guidance Project (DigiGuide). This project is being funded by the Construction Sector Accord through its Innovation workstream. 

One of the key outcomes of the project is to review and update the current BIM handbook to ensure it is current with the relevant international standards, considers any industry led process changes and includes new terminology. 

Over the past few months, work has gone into reviewing and updating the current BIM Handbook and we are now seeking your feedback. 

Have your say by Monday 23 October. 

 

 

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