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Project Management Masterclass

The Centre for Smart Modern Construction in association with Masters in Project Management (MPM) at Western Sydney University hosted the Project Management Masterclass on the 19th of September 2019, with participation of over 50 MPM students and c4SMC researchers.

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Meriton International Fellow Helena Lidelow visits MBS (Modular Building Systems) at Smithfield

The Centre for Smart Modern Construction organized a visit to MBS (Modular Building Systems) at Smithfield on 13 September as part of the visit of Meriton International Fellow A/Prof Helena Lidelow. Nick Luzar, State Manager (NSW and ACT) - Hansen Yuncken coordinated with the Centre and MBS to arrange the site visit.

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3rd Industry Roundtable OSCM (Off-Site Construction and Manufacturing) and Digitalisation:  Implications to the Construction Industry of Australia

The 3rd Industry roundtable was held on 17th September 2019, themed on “OSCM (Off-Site Construction and Manufacturing) and Digitalisation: Implications to the Construction Industry of Australia”. The future of construction industry is heavily influenced by industrialisation, digitalisation and globalisation. The onset of industry 4.0 has enabled convergence of technology and business creating disruptions in many industries and construction industry in no exception to this. The dynamics of disruption are enabling the construction industry to be driven towards adoption of different technologies such as Off-Site Construction and Manufacturing (OSCM), Automation, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain and the like. These are forcing construction to re-think its mode of production by way of less dependency in onsite construction and moving towards factory-based manufacturing where there is greater possibilities of automation.

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Newly appointed NSW Building Commissioner visits c4SMC

The Centre for Smart Modern Construction is extremely proud of its co-founder David Chandler for being appointed as the New South Wales Building Commissioner. Over the last few years David has been at the front end of the conversation about Australia's construction future. He believes that if Australia is to secure a viable position in the transforming global construction market place, a serious investment by industry, governments and educational institutions in that future is necessary.

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Constructathon 2019

The Centre for Smart Modern Construction at Western Sydney University is proud to be associated with Australia’s first industry-wide ‘Construction Hackathon’ to be held on the 23 – 24th of August 2019 at Google’s head office in Pyrmont, Sydney.  Constructathon 2019 brings together leading construction industry builders, consultants, subcontractors, developers and suppliers with those who can bring new thinking to difficult problems such as universities, start-ups, tech experts, venture capitalists and innovators. It’s simply an opportunity to collaborate over a short pre-determined period (often referred to as a sprint) to solve a problem and create a functional product or prototype which showcases your team’s idea by the end of the event. A hackathon is an incredibly electric experience where ideas are born and developed in a matter of days. Constructathon 2019 is being organised, sponsored and endorsed by Australia’s leading construction and industry bodies namely Boral, Built, Laing O’Rouke, Robert Pizzaroti, Mirvac, Stockland, the Master Builders Association, cbus, Property Council of Australia, the Centre for Smart Modern Construction, Western Sydney University and Google Cloud.


Digital Construction Meet up: Sydney

Prof. Srinath Perera presented an enlightening presentation on ‘Industry 4.0 Tech for the Built Environment’ on 30th May 2019 at the ‘Digital Construction Meetup’. Professor. Perera highlighted the innovations of Industry 1.0 to Industry 4.0 along with Construction 1.0 to Construction 4.0. Further, he discussed the research projects carried out at the Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC), which are mainly focused on blockchain and other smart technological areas that are resolving the current issues identified by the construction industry itself.

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Will the Construction Industry survive Industry 4.0?

The post lunch session of the c4SMC Industry Roundtable witnessed the most awaited event of the day, the c4SMC Grand Challenge 2019, a one of a kind and one of the first ‘Research Debates’ to be held at Western Sydney University. There has been a clear reshuffling of deck chairs in Construction since the Industry 4.0 buzz kicked in. While the industry biggies are burning the midnight oil to give shape to their digital journey, their non-obvious counterparts are entering the space with already matured digital capabilities and innovative approaches to construction. The competition is stiffer and less predictable than before. With that backdrop, the debate motion was ‘Industry 4.0 will kill the construction industry.’

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Next Generation Building is Systemised, Data rich and Disruptive

Now, is the greatest time in history to be a part of the AEC Industry as the disruption in the Industry gives us the greatest opportunity for transformation. With this in mind, the Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) hosted its second Industry Roundtable on the 30th of April, 2019 which witnessed overwhelming participation from industry and academia. In just over a year since a forward-looking group of industry leaders invested in the Centre for Smart Modern Construction at Western Sydney University, a momentum is building that recognises that national interest can be served by collaboration aimed at joining-up the modern construction narrative.

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Seminar on Building the Foundations of a Secure Offsite Industry in Scotland

The Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) of the Western Sydney University organised a seminar focussing on the future of offsite construction, in collaboration with Wood Solutions, Australia. The event was hosted at Kartsens, Sydney on 19, March 2019 in the form of a joint CPD seminar. It provided insights in to the offsite construction practice in in Scotland, UK. Guest speaker, Ms. Lucy Black who is the Head of Business Relationships at Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) presented a detailed outline of their Centre activities. The purpose of the seminar was to bring academic and industry experts together to discuss and share ideas on how offsite construction practices can be effectively applied in Australia and to learn from the experience and exposure of the Scottish construction industry. The seminar provided a valuable platform for knowledge sharing and networking among the participants who were from both the industry and the academia. The presentation by Lucy was followed by a though provoking panel discussion along with audience question and answer sessions.

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C4SMC Industry Round Table 2019

In just over a year since a forward-looking group of industry leaders invested in the Centre for Smart Modern Construction - c4SMC at Western Sydney University a momentum is building that recognises the national interest can be served by collaboration aimed at joining-up the modern construction narrative. The first Industry – Academic Round Table of 2019 takes forward the conversation that began at the inaugural version in 2018 by envisioning a smarter, better and more effective industry. It is a quality opportunity to bring industry and academia together and discuss how both see a modern industry taking shape and how best to prepare the academic program to help deliver future-ready modern constructors who have envisioned Industry 4.0.

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Meriton joins the Centre for Smart Modern Construction at Western Sydney and becomes the foundation supporter of the Meriton Academic Fellowships

The Centre is delighted to announce that Australia’s largest residential builder Meriton will be the foundation supporter of the c4SMC visiting academic fellowship program for the next 3 years. The program will be named the Meriton Academic Fellowships. And, the Centre is excited to announce that Helena (Johnsson) Lidelöw Assoc Prof, Timber Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden has accepted to be the first visiting fellow and will take up this role in September 2019. This is part of the Centre’s strategy to fast track the transfer of leading edge, applied modern construction knowledge into Construction Management at Western Sydney University. “This will be of huge benefit to our teaching team, researchers, students and industry” said Associate Professor, Mary Hardie – Director Academic Programs.

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WoodSolutions and Western Sydney University c4SMC Seminar

WoodSolutions has partnered up with Western Sydney University’s Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC). The centre aim is to maximise the potential of the construction industry in Western Sydney, and beyond, as it responds to the challenges of sustainability, digitalisation, industrialisation and globalisation.
Presenter Ms Black, Head of Business Relationships at CSIC will take us through the journey of this emerging industry in Scotland, articulating the challenges it has faced, the progress it is making and the strategic, technical and skills initiatives that are in place to help the industry grow quickly through collaboration to meet the challenging build and sustainability targets put in place by the Scottish Government.
In addition to Ms Black there will be a panel of experts in construction fabrication to discuss their experiences and answer questions.

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c4SMC Inter-University Academic Rountable 14 November 2018

The inaugural Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) inter-university roundtable brought together nine universities to discuss the future of construction in Australia and how each was developing new insights into an industry that is slowly embracing the fourth industrial revolution (colloquially referred to as Industry 4.0 and in our context, Construction 4.0). The focus was on how our institutions are preparing to ensure tomorrow’s construction professionals are future ready.

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6 December 2018


International Workshop on Use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects

An industry workshop was organised by the Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) on 16, November 2018 at Parramatta City Campus, Western Sydney University. The workshop titled “Use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects” was organised as part of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Research Trust funded research project. It aimed at understanding the practice of BIM in Australia, UK, and China with respect to estimating in PPP projects.

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2 December 2018


PAQS Conference in Sydney, 2018

Navodana Rodrigo along with the supervisory panel comprising of Prof. Srinath Perera, Dr. Sepani Senaratne and Dr. Xiaohua Jin published a research paper titled “Blockchain for Construction Supply Chains: A Literature Synthesis” at the annual ICEC PAQS Conference on 19th November 2018 in Sydney.

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24 November 2018


Professor Tuan Ngo makes the keynote presentation at the October 2018 Colloquium in Construction Management

The Centre for Smart Modern Construction’s October colloquium was please to host University of Melbourne’s Research Director Professor Tuan Ngo to present an overview of his work at the CRC-Ps for innovative Prefabricated Building Systems and Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing.
Prof Tuan Ngo (opens in a new window) is the Director of the Advanced Protective Technologies for Engineering Structures (APTES) Group at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Research Director of the ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (opens in a new window) and Leader of the CRC-P for Innovative Prefabricated Building Systems and the CRC-P for Advanced Manufacturing of High-Performance Building Façade Systems. The APTES Group led by Prof Ngo is recognised as one of the leading centres in advanced materials & structural systems, and physical infrastructure protection in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

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21 October 2018


Professor Albert Chan delivers the Keynote at the August Construction Management Colloquium at the c4SMC

There are interesting parallels between the Construction Management Programs at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University and Western Sydney University. Both have grown with their local economies.
Prof. Albert Chan, Chair Professor and Head, Building and Real Estate at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Professor Chan was the guest of the Centre for Smart Modern Construction’s academic colloquium held at University’s Parramatta Campus in August. Albert’s visit was part of an Australian construction industry goodwill tour where he shared with us his department's research, job opportunities in HKPolyU for PhD graduates and potential research collaborations in Hong Kong. He also took the opportunity to talk about the CIB World Congress 2019 (opens in a new window) which will be hosted at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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12 October 2018


The Australian construction industry has amongst the lowest rates of investment in research and development in our economy

If ever there was at time to turn this around, this is the moment according to Data 61’s Business Development Manager, Tom Durick who gave last week’s opening keynote address at Western Sydney University’s Centre for Smart Modern Construction Industry Roundtable (opens in a new window). Durick presented to a group of industry and academics on the work Data 61 is doing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Supply Chains, Blockchain and Modern Construction space.

Our opportunity is in this moment of time, but its perishable’ - Tom Durick, Data 61

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7  September 2018


Property developer investing in a smart modern construction industry

Residential property developer Dahua Group is investing in the future leaders of the construction industry by supporting construction students at Western Sydney University.

Mr Eric Li, CEO of Dahua Group Australia, NSW & QLD, attended a recent function hosted by the Centre for Smart Modern Construction at which the first group of Dahua scholarship recipients were acknowledged.

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25 July 2018


Building industry capacity through undergraduate scholarships

The Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) is a university and industry collaboration investing in the future readiness of smart modern construction graduates and the enterprises in which they will work.

Part of its mission is to work with industry contributors to fund undergraduate scholarships for high achieving students studying Construction Management.

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20 July 2018


Driving innovation in the building industry through collaboration with PhD researchers

The Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) is a university and industry collaboration investing in the future readiness of smart modern construction graduates and the enterprises in which they will work.

Part of its mission is to collaborate with industry contributors on PhD research to help face current challenges of sustainability, digitalisation, industrialisation and globalisation with an impact focus of 3 to 5-years.

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20 July 2018


Vice Chancellor challenges industry to identify jobs of the future and make tomorrow's constructors future ready

Mark Farmer's presentation to over 200 Western Sydney constructors and academics at the recent 'Construction Opportunities in Western Sydney - Modernise or Die' conference carried a strong theme about the need to re-skill the industry's workforce for the jobs of tomorrow. Farmer drew on extensive research that informed his 2016 report to UK construction.
The Conference was co-hosted by PrefabAUS and Western Sydney University's Centre for Smart Modern Construction - c4SMC. Mark Farmer was enroute to the PrefabNZ, CoLab the following week.

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23 April 2018


Where do young constructors go to hear about amazing careers in construction?

There is a growing band of construction and construction related organisations who are investing in the Centre for Smart Modern Construction - c4SMC at Western Sydney University. These organisations understand that the modern construction era presents new challenges as the industry transforms into its future-self, they also see the amazing potential for the best of tomorrow's construction professionals to make a difference.

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23 February 2018


Stop Press - the first c4SMC PhD scholarships are now being advertised. Applications close on the 31st March 2018

Candidates looking to establish their future credentials as leaders in the Modern Construction era, now have the opportunity to join a dynamic team in the Centre for Smart Modern Construction - c4SMC at Western Sydney University. Four scholarships are being offered. If you are looking to be part of helping to write the book on how the modern construction industry is transforming, to evidence the industry's progress and to deliver important new insights to the university's Construction & Project Managements programs and industry, then this is a unique opportunity for the right candidates. The Centre is keen to attract researchers who have an enthusiastic interest in the knowledge themes now offered and are willing to be active members of the Centre.

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17 February 2018


Australia's Construction Industry lacks a shared view of its future self - its time to uncover that future and invest

Western Sydney University's Centre for Smart Modern Construction in collaboration with Australia's leading voice on off-site construction manufacture PrefabAUS will host an important conference on Construction Opportunities in Western Sydney - Modernise or Die in Sydney on the 2nd March 2018. This is a unique opportunity for the industry, policy makers and the university to hear from the UK's industry leader Mark Farmer and key NSW clients who will deliver important future capital works programs.

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11 February 2018


c4SMC Industry Engagement provides a wealth of Smart Modern Construction insights - into a transforming industry

Over the University Summer members of the academic teaching staff have been visiting sites where the modernisation of construction is unfolding. They have found a number of Western Sydney University Construction Management Alumni at the leading edge. It has been pleasing to find c4SMC investors demonstrating why its time to modernise the industry.

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10 February 2018


Professor Chimay Anumba as keynote speaker for the Construction Management Colloquium

Professor Anumba’s current visit to Australia was too good an opportunity for the Centre not to invite Chimay to share his insights in the field of Cyber-Physical Systems in Construction with the University’s academic team and invited guests.

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18 January 2018


c4SMC Industry Investors are Making a Difference at Western Sydney University

We commence 2018 with some impressive achievements by the Centre for Smart Modern Construction. There is a lot to do, to ensure the right investment is made in preparing the next generation of constructors to be future-ready. This means ensuring that a committed academic staff has the resources to deliver what's needed. The Centre has now received commitments from industry to invest over $500,000 into the Construction Management program. It is firms like Hansen Yuncken and Weathertex that are stepping up to invest in the future of construction in Western Sydney.

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14 January 2018


Western Sydney business leader David Borger launches the Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC)

Western Sydney University's Construction Management academic and research team hosted 100 leaders at the recent industry launch of the Centre for Smart Modern Construction. Western Sydney Business Chamber Director David Borger officiated. The event was testimony the growing engagement the Centre is having with industry.

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18 December 2017


Take a bow Associate Professor Mary Hardie - Director Construction Management Undergraduate Programs

Associate Professor Mary Hardie leads the way in developing new Modern Construction academic thought leadership learning units in Construction Management at Western Sydney University.

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26 November  2017


The industry launch of Western Sydney University's Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) is on next week

‘If you want to be part of the Western Sydney construction economy over the next 20 years this is the time to invest in building the industry’s capabilities for a smart modern construction future. If you want to be part of contributing to building those capabilities, engage with the Centre for Smart Modern Construction at Western Sydney University’. David Borger

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6 November 2017


The Centre for Smart Modern Construction at Western Sydney University - officially launched

Industry Engagement is at the heart of this initiative. Western Sydney is set to be Australia's construction hot-spot for the next 20-years. c4SMC will create a hub for Smart Modern Construction research, new academic leadership in modern construction, a source of future ready graduates and Western Sydney industry capability building.

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10 September 2017


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