Qld/NT Events

10 June 2019

The Qld/NT Committee has been busy this month, with events in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Darwin.3 - Building Community event 3

Bruce Forrester, Mason Cowle, Bram Chapman and Jenni Pentz at Building Communities.

Building Communities Lunch Forum

On Friday 17 May, the Qld/NT Committee presented Building Communities, a luncheon presentation by Brook Monahan, Founder and Managing Director of Mosaic Property Group. During his presentation, Monahan described the importance of building healthy communities and their role as powerful contributors to good business.

About Mosaic

As a fully integrated design-led, development and construction business, Mosaic has been recognised for its achievements resulting in successful commercial outcomes for the business and for local communities.

Key drivers for Mosaic’s success are:

  • Facilitating a proactive investment in internal community engagement resourcing, to keep the community informed via site signage, social media engagement, traditional media, face to face engagement, written communication etc.
  • Identifying and acting upon every opportunity to give back to the community in a practical way (e.g. free mulch days after site clearing, tree transplanting, supporting local businesses, social causes, events, charities etc).
  • Investing in internal community engagement resourcing, and an internal research team, ensuring they are in the best place to meet community’s expectation in a meaningful way.
  • Creating a company culture of “we do what we say we’re going to do”.  This has enabled them to fiercely protect its reputation by delivering on every commitment it makes, even if it is to the detriment of its short game.
  • Approaching design by pushing the boundaries as much as possible while designing with the owner-occupier in mind.
  • Three primary characteristics to drive a successful business are grit, resilience and persistence.

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Building Community presenter Brook Monahan with ACA – QLD/NT President Rob Wesener.

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ACA CEO Angelina Pillai meets (from left) Andrew Masters, Greg Adsett and Paul Curran.


Inaugural Darwin event

The first ACA event in Darwin was held in May and jointly hosted by the Australian Institute of Architects and Planned Cover.

Wendy Poulton, from Informed by Planned Cover and Karen Meiklejohn, State Manager QLD/NT of Planned Cover attended the event as guests of the ACA.

More than 30 people gathered to learn about Managing your Risk: Common Triggers for Claims. During the seminar, Wendy covered issues such as budget over-runs, specifying compliant products, and taking care to define the extent of your role during the construction phase. The high level of discussion that followed reflected the engagement and interest in the issues raised.

ACA – QLD/NT President Robert Wesener also attended and would like to formally acknowledge and thank Planned Cover for their ongoing support.

ACA partners with BILT

The ACA also partnered with BILT ANZ for their recent conference attended by more than 600 people at the Crown Convention Centre in Melbourne on 23–25 May 2019.

Nathan Hildebrandt, ACA Member and Chair of the ACA – QLD/NT and AIA QLD BIM Taskforce, participated in the Industry Update session. Nathan presented some of the findings of the Digital Capabilities of Australian Architects Survey. The full results of the survey will be released in a report in the next month. We’ll keep you posted.

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About BILT

The Building Infrastructure Lifecycle and Technology (BILT) Conference is a three-day training event held annually in Australia, Europe, North America and Asia. Featuring more than 100 classes, taught by recognised industry experts, this conference has been created to advance the use of technology in design, construction and operations.

As an independent, not-for-profit event, every three-day BILT conference focuses on solutions, not software and sharing the leading edge on:

  • Understanding BIM workflows to enhance and accelerate design coordination.
  • Using 3D models to increase project delivery capabilities and expand client services.
  • Automation techniques to enhance organisational productivity and efficiency.
  • Mastering BIM software for use in generating design and construction documents.
  • Modelling techniques to meet government statutory requirements.
  • Deployment strategy and overcoming challenges in organisational BIM implementation.

Photos: Louise Street and Angelina Pillai.