Australia’s Built Environment Week including DesignBUILD, Total Facilities, the BE Summit and the Digital Construction Week has come to a close at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The event included a set of speaker and panel sessions, and show floors that provided access to the latest products and technology.
Speakers presented thought leadership on quickly evolving issues such as designing for a post-COVID world, addressing the challenges of climate change and the changing nature of Australia’s supply chain.
Commercial Manager, Lynn Ormiston, said feedback from attendees was extremely positive and the industry relished the opportunity to finally get back together in person.
“While it is possible to connect remotely, there’s nothing like networking in person,” Ormiston said.
“It was clear walking around the show floor, and at the speaker series, that important conversations were happening and connections were being made.”
While new technology was a highlight of the shows, the underlying and foundational issues being raised concerned the environment.
“Industry professionals are clearly focussed on making a positive impact on the environment and taking the lead on reducing emissions in every area of the built environment,” she said.
Other highlights of the week included the ACIF Construction Forecasting Council’s overview of the upcoming May 2022 ACIF Forecasts for the building and construction industry over the next 10 years.
Women in BIM also held a networking event with a panel of speakers and the opportunity for informal networking and mentoring.
The VIC branch of Facility Managers Association also hosted a breakfast on World Facility Manager Day, featuring expert speaker presentations with attendees enjoying the chance to network.