14 expert speakers from Ireland and the UK covered topics of major concern and interest.
Attracting a wide range of delegates, the Annual International Construction Management Day Conference at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology took place this year on the 5th March. It is the largest annual built environment event in the west of Ireland and this year it attracted an audience of over 400 throughout the day.
Conference Chair, GMIT Lecturer Dr Martin Taggart FCBAE said, “I am delighted with the ongoing success of the conference, which continues to grow year-by-year. The feedback from industry is very positive and there is exceptional demand for graduates and placement students from Construction Management; Civil Engineering; Quantity Surveying; Architectural Technology; and, Building Information Modelling.”
During the conference Technical Director at CABE, Richard Harral spoke about capturing the benefits and quality of modular construction within the industry. Richard outlined that there are a number of drivers for change including a requirement to modernise construction methods in order to change the way we construct our buildings. If repetition and scale are available on site then modular construction can deliver multiple benefits in terms of time, wastage of materials and quality.
The UK is targeting construction of 300,000 homes per year in order to satisfy housing needs in an already overloaded industry. The private sector is unlikely to meet this requirement so the public sector will have to fill this gap.
A project recently completed in Wembley, Apex House; the EUs tallest modular building; had just 12 site operatives on site at any one time. There was also an improvement in timescales, quality, waste reduction, productivity and safety management. In an industry that produces huge amounts of construction waste, Richard outlined how off-site construction can reduce waste volumes by up to 90%.
There are a number of constraints in relation to the manufacturing of off-site modular units including economic cycles, investment costs, lack of confidence in the benefits, procurement, un-familiarity, finance, industry culture and low market capitalisation. This has resulted in just 6,000 modular buildings per year in the UK.
Chartered Association of Building Engineers were one of the proud sponsors of this event and were pleased to meet a number of students, lecturers and industry professionals during the course of the day.
For even more coverage of the day you can visit the GMIT website here.