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Female Engineers continue to challenge the status quo in the Built Environment

Society is slowly shifting away from the patriarchal mindset where “males only” are capable of certain types of jobs. We are now seeing an influx of women in various industries that had been previously unprecedented – the engineering and construction industry.   The built environment’s composition   The built environment space, headlined by the construction …

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When Will the Residential Sector Recover, And Will You Be Ready?

When Will the Residential Sector Recover, And Will You Be Ready?   It’s hardly big news that the residential construction sector in Australia is in the doldrums. House prices in Melbourne have dropped by nearly 10% from the 2017 peak and the National Australian Bank is predicting an 18% drop in investment nationally over the …

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Can Melbourne Be Both Bigger and a Better Place to Live?

Can we add 90,000 people a year to our population – as Plan Melbourne envisages – while keeping it as the world’s most livable city? That’s no small challenge. It’s going to stretch planning, design, engineering and construction skills to the limit – and maybe then some. At the core is the question of whether …

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Could the Licensed Surveyor Shortage Hold Back Melbourne Construction Projects?

Across Australia we have a widening gap between supply and demand for surveyors. This skills gap is predicted to widen, partly due to the high average age of the workforce. In 2015 it was calculated that Australia had a shortfall of 556 in the number of qualified surveyors. This gap is expected to widen to …

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Gender Equality in Civil Construction – Why Having a Policy Won’t Cut it

Just suppose your next civil construction invitation to tender had a section specifically about gender equality? It might ask what positive steps you are taking to make your business more inclusive and to recruit more female engineers. How will you explain to others what your business is doing? This scenario isn’t all that far-fetched. It …

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