Project team integration

In March 2014 the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) and the Australian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) released “… two important and valuable guides to help the construction industry improve productivity …” ~ see: Project Team Integration.

On 11 October ACIF announced the extension of their initiative: “How to gain benefit: BIM Framework and Other Guides” through their participation in two other working groups.

APCC is the peak body for government building and construction policy in Australia and New Zealand and ACIF is the meeting place for leaders of the construction industry in Australia. ACIF facilitates and supports an active dialogue between the key players in residential and non-residential building, and engineering construction, other industry groups, and government agencies.

As time passes it is appropriate to ask whether any project teams have taken up the recommended approach to “Project Team Integration”?

Noting so many EOI invitations for major project commissions (particularly from government) now include the requirement to describe team management methodology, perhaps this initiative by ACIF and APCC provides one opportunity to differentiate a submission and accord to the leadership espoused by government policy and industry.

APCC and ACIF also deserve some feedback: Call 0408 403 439 or email me if you have experience with the new “Project Team Integration” tools.

Lighting Design ~ easily forgotten?

UOB high value client reception, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

As the 2015 Diwali festival approaches (November 11) and Australia remembers (Vivid Sydney) it is timely to ask: Why are so many buildings photographed at night with curtains open and all internal lights switched on? Do architects consider the exterior design of their projects for the half of their life that is at night, albeit with a smaller audience? Ponder this as the annual architecture awards process moves through each State Chapter.

Internally, when drawing boards were a norm, lumens per square meter according to prescribed standards were important for workplace comfort. Now computer screens are the normal “desktop”, but have lighting standards adjusted accordingly? Engineers are expert at delivering standards, but is conforming to standards the best result?

New technology enables changes in external daylight to be factored into delivering appropriate internal lighting. Therefore the lighting solution is even more related to the fenestration design ~ how many architects seek lighting design advice on window size and placement?

Back to the question about photographing buildings ~ external night lighting of many public (even private and corporate) buildings is just as important as internal lighting. The solution for so many projects remains poorly placed searchlights as an afterthought.

Surely the best designed lighting cannot be seen?