First the US, now New Zealand, next step… The World.

November 22, 2016 by Mr Job Done

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Progressclaim.com have been out in force over the last few months. First attending major conferences in the US last month, and now dominating in New Zealand. Well, it was actually just Tim in NZ, but we have still been busy!

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New Zealand, we’ll see you soon!

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Constructive New Zealand Conference

Progressclaim.com was delighted to attend Constructive; the inaugural forum for the New Zealand Construction Industry in Christchurch in late September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Constructive was billed as the “Construction Industry’s platform for effecting Change” in recognition of the changing landscape of the industry and the acknowledged challenges across the sector. Led by Registered Master Builders Association of New Zealand, it was conceived as “the first step towards enhanced collaboration across the sector”.

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After an enjoyable Cocktail function precursor held at The Tannery, the event kicked off with an opening address from Anthony Leighs, Chairman of RMBA, and Principal of Leigh’s Construction, welcoming all attendees to the event and outlining the premise of the forum and a ‘State of the industry’ overview. Highlighting, in particular, the dramatic skill shortage in the industry, which has been a byproduct of the current Auckland housing boom.

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Sir Maarten Wevers was engaged to chair the meeting having most recently chaired the EQC Board as part of the Canterbury Rebuild after the devastation of the 2011 Earthquakes. From the rise of Industry activity from the Christchurch Earthquake, Sir Maarten was well qualified to provide his take on the challenges facing the industry including:

– Undersupply of Housing in the Auckland Housing Market
– High Costs of Delivery in the Industry
– A traditionally fractured Sector with little or no collaboration
– And how to take advantage of the “economic tail wind” coming out of the of the Christchurch Rebuild and Auckland Housing Boom by providing the opportunity for the industry to explore innovation and change.

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.hon_bill_englishThe Right Honourable Bill English, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance was the next to address the room.

He outlined the importance of the industry to New Zealand’s economic health and noted that New Zealand had come through the GFC in fine fettle affording them choices that few other markets have.

Of current policy Minister English noted the 30-year Infrastructure Plan, released by Treasury in 2015, offered a clear pipeline for infrastructure and housing and offered the industry greater stability over a significant period.

He conceded that with greater support for the industry in planning and regulatory reform, the NZ Government needed to be a ‘better customer,’ with greater accountability from both Suppliers and Procurers.

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Over the day there were a number of sessions with panellists, who each approached a topic for discussion including:

– The impacts and key learnings from the Christchurch earthquakes and the GFC, and now the Auckland housing crisis on the industry
– Understanding the views of the broader sector – widening our approach to collaboration
– What are the future dynamics that the industry should be preparing for now?

David Kelly, CEO of the RMBA (and re-iterated by panellists and speakers alike) stressed that the outcome of Constructive needed to not simply be a ‘talkfest’ but a catalyst for business improvement and ongoing collaboration within the industry.

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From a technology perspective, Progressclaim.com was excited to hear that everyone considered the implementation of new technologies as a key plank in their business strategy of reducing cost and improving productivity.

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For more information visit: http://www.constructive.org.nz/

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Acuite: Construction Intelligence

A few weeks after Constructive, we were delighted to be at the inaugural Construction Innovation event hosted by Acuite at the Ernst & Young offices in Auckland.

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The technology summit also doubled as the launch for Acuite, and we were lucky enough to hear from the founders (and friends of Progressclaim.com), Antonia & David Speight. Of particular note was the reference to the dramatic changes in approach to technology within the construction sector.

.Acuite brings your business and all of its projects data together in one intuitive platform. With Acuite, it is easy to see your portfolio, regional and projects performance, the associated risks, opportunities and forecasts. All the critical information you care about, at your finger tips.”

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Did You Know? 

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That the Google data for  “construction technology” searches has risen exponentially in 2016, illustrating the  immediate desire by the  construction sector to utilise technology for business improvement over outmoded traditional practices.

The event was  MC’d by Hugh Johnstone, Managing Director of Johnstone Construction, and comprised a Q&A with leading construction professionals in New Zealand over 2 sessions.

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The Panelists were:

  • Richard Coupe –  Business Delivery , Projects at Fletcher
  • Graeme Harvey – Construction Director at Dominion
  • Craig Watkins – Technical Systems Manager at Hawkins
  • Derek Bilby – GM Technology at Fletcher
  • James Reed – Project Manager at Dominion
  • Andre McConnell – Project Implementation Manager at Fletcher

All attendees were in agreement that the speakers and panellists provided an excellent insight into the challenges facing the construction industry and the need to evolve and incorporate technology into their business improvement strategies moving forward.

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New Zealand- You were ‘O’ for Awesome.

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