The Great Debate: Keeping the Building Boom Booming
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Event Details
5:00 pm AEDT Wednesday 03/03/2021
WEBINAR (Meeting details emailed prior to event)
Hear from our subject matter experts who will share their views and insights on the key challenges and opportunities facing the construction sector.

Australia is in the middle of an infrastructure boom with multibillion-dollar projects around the country, involving logistics, policy, design, construction, community, finance and planning. Engineering and construction have a vital role to play in the post-pandemic recovery of the Australian and global communities and economies.

Hear from our subject matter experts representing key industry stakeholders who will share their views and insights on the key challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

We all agree that a vision of sustainable and quality driven infrastructure is good for everyone and a responsibility to the community at large, however how can this be achieved with the pressures on the sector including tight margins, inconsistencies in the quality of building material, skills shortages and mental health, demanding deadlines and collaboration challenges.

As engineers we are leaders in bringing about change, and this event provides an opportunity to be part of the push for a quality driven future particularly as we move into the post COVID.

Key themes include (but are not limited to):

  • The role of the construction sector in a post-pandemic recovery (community/economy/jobs)
  • Impact on margins
  • Safety & Sustainability in all its forms
  • Critical skills and resources shortages
  • Role of the Designer
  • Policy, standards, regulatory and accountability
  • Digitalisation and remote technology
  • Virtual project sites
  • Quality of building materials (source of manufacturing)
  • Workplace culture

  • Our pre-recorded webinar will include a Q&A, where your specific questions, submitted on registration, will be answered by our expert panel.

Tony Alvaro - 194
Tony Alvaro Chief Executive Officer & Founding Partner, In-Habit Group

Tony is a Founding Partner of Inhabit and has served on the Board of Directors since 2011, leading Australasian operations.

In June 2016, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, to lead Inhabit’s continued growth globally. Tony is based in Melbourne.

With a background in architecture, Tony brings a perspective to façade design and fabrication that has seen him collaborating on a variety of iconic projects in Australia, Hong Kong, PRC and the Middle East. Specialising in façades for over 24 years, his experience is recognised with ongoing involvement in projects providing quality review and value design with some of Australia’s most renowned architects, builders and developers.

Tony’s role also includes the ongoing financial and strategic development of the Inhabit business, both nationally and internationally. In his role, Tony’s responsibilities include the performance management of the Australian practice, project operation / management, customer / client service, marketing, technical quality control and staff management. Alongside these responsibilities, Tony also enjoys mentoring the next generation of consultants with ongoing involvement in servicing client projects.

Appointed to Board of Directors: March 2011
Richard Salter
Richard Salter Associate Principal, Buildings Vic/SA, Arup Director of the Architects Registration Day

Richard is part of Arup’s Buildings Group leadership and is the Building Structures leader for Arup across Victoria and South Australia.

With almost 20 years of experience working across a variety of markets, Richard has lived and worked in Melbourne, Sydney, London, Malaysia, the USA and New Zealand during his career and has experience delivering projects of all scales and under a variety of procurement methods.

Richard leads a group of over 40 staff and works regionally with the over 2500 staff that Arup has in Australasia.

Richard is a passionate advocate for the important roles and responsibilities engineers have in delivering optimal outcomes for major community shaping projects.
Hazel Porter - 194 - Round - B&W
Hazel Porter Principal, Woods Bagot

A leader in design, sustainability and construction innovation, Hazel collaborates with pioneering engineers and façade specialists to allow considered and human-centred architectural design to be informed by context, physics, costing, and buildability.

She leads projects which transfer knowledge and research across typologies and applies over 18 years of architectural and masterplanning experience to an uncommon diversity of projects. Challenging conventional and technical boundaries while working to the client brief and statutory controls, Hazel is an innovative problem solver, testing and retesting to bring unique design solutions to fruition.

Hazel is Woods Bagot’s design leader on Melbourne Connect, a purpose-built innovation ecosystem of researchers, industry, government, entrepreneurs and students. Woods Bagot has led the masterplanning and architectural design of the buildings, working with Lendlease, University of Melbourne, Urbanest, and Hayball to deliver Australia’s first innovation precinct (completion in 2021).
Lauren Leslie
Lauren Leslie Senior Design Manager, Multiplex Constructions Australasia

Lauren works as a Senior Design Manager for Multiplex Constructions where she started her construction career as a Cadet whilst completing her Masters of Architecture and a Bachelor of Planning and Design at the University of Melbourne. She has recently expanded her role to take a lead in environmental sustainability for the business including the fulfilment of Multiplex’s WGBC commitment to only owning and operating net zero carbon assets by 2030. Her design and construction experience spans across a multitude of sectors including commercial, residential, civic, institutional, laboratory and heritage. More recently Lauren’s focus has been on ECI contracts where her experience in sustainability, technical design and challenging logistics has proven invaluable in driving quality outcomes. Lauren balances her work with raising a young family and providing support to others returning to the industry after having children.
Tim Mumford - 194 - Round - B&W
Tim Mumford - Event MC Director - Innovation, Industry & Productivity, Infrastructure Australia

CPEng EngExec

Tim Mumford is an engineer and project manager with over a decade of experience in public and private sectors. Tim has an MBA and is a Chartered EngExec with Engineers Australia. His experience hails from offshore drilling, large mining, minerals, and metals projects, management consulting in projects, asset management, and state and federal governments with public works infrastructure. Tim's passion is continuous improvement of major projects with an emphasis on technology, digital, and data.
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