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Contributed by Monike Oliveira, Viewpoint Lead Development Specialist, Australia

Sydney Build Expo 2016

This year’s Sydney Build, held the 10 -11 of March, was held in a beautiful industrial area just a 5-minute walk from Redfern Station in central Sydney –The Australian Technology Park (ATP). ATP is a unique place that reminds me of the Viewpoint office headquarters – a modern, renovated building in a booming industrial area located in Portland, Oregon – USA.

The weather during the conference was incredibly hot and humid. Nevertheless, that did not hinder the exhibitors nor the attendees’ commitment to the event. Sydney Build offered information on the latest construction projects, trends, developments and investment opportunities to be found in New South Wales and Sydney – the building capital of Australia.

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Key Happenings at the Event
During the “Meet the Contractors Workshop”, several industry leaders discussed the latest developments, challenges and opportunities in Sydney and for the Australian construction industry as a whole. Attendees included: Warwick Johnson, Director of NSW/QLD, Brookfield Multiplex Australasia; David Alessi, NSW Chapter President, Australian Institute Buildings & Business Development Manager; Greenpoint Construction Group; and Hylton Bloch, Projects Director at Lahey Constructions (a Viewpoint Construction Software customer).

Participants shared their insights, experiences and ideas of how technology is important and how BIM & collaboration tools and solutions are helping companies deliver higher quality construction projects in an efficient manner. The workshop covered the current construction market, as well as the future of the market and their commentary and insights made it easier to understand how technology plays a significant role in the construction industry. Lahey Projects Director, Hylton Bloch, offered: “I love the technology we have available at the moment.”

Additional topics discussed included BIM, going paperless, collaboration and GPS location defect management as well as 3D models, 3D printing, 3D scanning, drones, 3D Virtual Reality Construction Site, and prefabrication.

John Adams, Viewpoint Product Manager, Architect, and all round BIM & collaborative software solutions expert, participated in the BIM Open panel discussion. The panel discussed how important BIM & collaboration solutions are for this growing, global industry. John, who lives and works in the UK, shared his experiences on how the construction market in the UK is reacting and adapting to the BIM Level 2 mandate by the UK government.

Sydney Build 2016 provided a well-organized event that brought together many skilled, experienced and knowledgeable people under the same roof to understand how we all can work together for the betterment of the construction industry in Australia.

 

 

 

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Viewpoint’s Lynne Edwards, Marketing Manager, shares her takeaways from this year’s AusRAIL PLUS 2015 Event, November 2015 | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Doing it smarter. People, Power, Performance was the by-line for AusRAIL Plus 2015 and with the large variety of exhibitors and speakers at this premium industry conference.
• AusRAIL PLUS 2015 was the largest AusRAIL ever hosted for anyone operating in, or looking to do business within the Australian rail sector.
• AusRAIL PLUS attracted around 400 exhibiting organisations including Viewpoint, 900 conference delegates, 120 high level speakers and plenty of networking.

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The world’s leading authorities in rail gathered to discuss the latest developments, and hear from government leaders, local and international rail industry executives and academics. It was stressed that Australia must compete with intelligent infrastructure to promote sustainable growth for cities, industries and local jobs.

Each year, Australia’s rail network transports 1.3 billion tonnes of freight and every day 2.3 million passengers use trains, Australia is gaining confidence and turning (back) to rail infrastructure as a realistic alternative to road freight and our love of the private car. “There’s an investment in public transport, and a realisation that cities are growing, and they need to have rail infrastructure,” says Melbourne Metro Chief Executive Andrew Lezala. “In Victoria, we’ve got big metro trains and the Metro Tunnel, in Sydney we will see the light rail construction, work on the new Metro line and the first driverless passenger train in the country, and in Brisbane, we’re about to see the first Public Private Partnership train.”

In the conference centre delegates were addressed by Victorian state and Federal Ministers as well as being offered more than 40 seminars and forums by rail suppliers, industry experts and transport CEOs.

In the exhibition space throughout the day, there was a mixture of dark suits and more relaxed clothing, plus the many company branded shirts of exhibitors.

Delegates and a constant stream of casual visitors strolled through the enormous space and continued to network with highly focussed meetings and refreshing of business friendships and partnerships. One quote from a delegate summed it up when he said “I’ve covered 6 months of work in 3 days”.

The event incorporated International exhibitors and delegates from Sweden to China and many industrialised countries in between, with exhibits including:
• Railway transport for passengers – trams & trains, plus freight, safety and security, hi visibility and low emissions, telecommunications and geomapping.Ausrail 2 Dec 2015
• All organisations along the supply chain, bolts, oils, conveyers, sophisticated software, advanced engineering, innovative designs.
• Large well designed stands, many of which required precision engineering just to set up – as evidenced by a slow-motion video of the set-up. Many different models of railway engines – many actually running on tracks – dream toys!

And, importantly – many different hospitality coffee machines & baristas, enabling me to taste test all the roasting brands on offer. Obviously coffee keeps the railways running, or at least the deal-makers.

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Contributed by Maria Andrews, Business Development, Viewpoint Australia

Congratulations to Master Builders Australia! The recent event at the Gold Coast was one of the best run events that I have attended.Photo Master Builders

The speakers:
• Alisa Camplin OAM – “The Quest for Excellence” drew on her sporting and corporate experiences while focusing on attitude, her commitment to her ultimate goal, and overcoming adversity. Her journey was inspirational.
• Prof Andrew Harris – “Disruptive Building Technology” was amazing. He examined the impact of rapidly evolving disruptive technology that will impact the building and construction industry, as well as how the industry should prepare for change.

All speakers were excellent. They imparted knowledge, entertainment, and motivation to audiences, and emphasized the message that THEY, the builders, from the small residential/commercial builders to the larger organisations, are the foundation of building a bigger and better Australia.

During the event’s three days, Norm Hebron, Stephen Henderson, and Maria Andrews helped keep the Viewpoint Booth lively. They received lots of interest while networking with the delegates and fellow exhibitors. Norm and Maria attended all of the evening events to ensure the Viewpoint brand was promoted.Masterbuilder logo

Master Builders was generous with their references and comments regarding our sponsorship. They kept the delegates aware of our sponsorship and communicated to the delegates that sponsors like Viewpoint are essential to making these events greatly successful. At the Gala night, a Viewpoint video was featured on the large screen to an audience of over 500 delegates from the industry.

Also honoured on the night were Viewpoint customers Cooper & Oxley Builders, Shape Australia, and Lend Lease, to name but a few.

 

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A team from Viewpoint Construction Software, Australia, attended the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) National Conference and Exhibition from 14-17th October in downtown Melbourne: as often happens, the weather was sunny and hot one day, raining and cool the next!

The CCF is the peak body representing Australia’s civil construction industry, and Viewpoint have been associated with the organisation for several years, with Jay Haladay attending in the past and the company receiving an award in 2014 for the Viewpoint For Project Collaboration product (now Viewpoint For Projects), which was The Earthmover & Civil Contractor’s Technology Release of the Year Award.

The 2015 CCF event had an impressive list of speakers, not least our own Managing Director of Australia, Ian Desbrow, to welcome delegates to our sponsored lunch; and Steve Henderson, our busy sales engineer, who very capably presented a practical workshop on “Optimising your business through collaboration”.

Steve highlighted key benefits of managing all operations in a single integrated system, such as reducing errors by elimination of double entry, doing less admin, eliminating silos and proactively managing risks, as well as real time reporting.

In addition, Viewpoint took the opportunity to be one of the 30 plus exhibitors show-casing all types and sizes of business important to the civil construction industry.

My personal observations from speaking to delegates and exhibitors and listening in to a number of thought-provoking sessions, are that the industry is certainly still strong, but also in a state of change due to the construction work available. It was recommended (by BIS Shrapnel) to “lock in costs at the current (lower) level”.

Lynne's new transportLynne taking a test drive!

It certainly seems that there are some good projects on the horizon in both NSW and Victoria – primarily driven by government expenditure on roads and rail infrastructure.

Of course it wasn’t all work, there was great food, lively networking and impressive entertainment – the sharks and giant stingrays in the (safely enclosed) Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium were mesmerizing and the breakfast presentation by two Aussie explorers, Cas and Jonesy, showed their great friendship and spirit in extremely tough conditions – not simply on one expedition in a canoe from Australia to New Zealand, but incredibly on a second across Antarctica.

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