Risks that universities should consider when structuring a PBSA transaction
Education & Skilling / Infrastructure / Other / Planning & Design

Risks that universities should consider when structuring a PBSA transaction

In a bid to become more competitive and attract and retain those all-important international students, many universities are now accelerating the development of their on-campus accommodation. And with the current attractiveness of the debt and equity market, there has never been a better time to monetize existing accommodation assets or gain assistance from the private sector to develop … Continue reading

The link between pedagogy and the physical environment
Other / Planning & Design

The link between pedagogy and the physical environment

Without doubt the key contribution an Architect or Designer can make to the classrooms of today and tomorrow is to form a link between pedagogy and the physical environment. Designing for the 21st Century is critical to student success and teacher well-being. Imagine a small group of students tasked with discussing and building a cardboard … Continue reading

Dust explosions in Europe: A preview of new trends and legislation for improving safety
Mining & Resources / Planning & Design / Technology

Dust explosions in Europe: A preview of new trends and legislation for improving safety

While the scientific properties and risks of dust explosions are global, Europe remains a leader in standardising regulations for industrial hazards. Given that Europe is also the manufacturing origin of many design parts used in Australasian processing facilities and storage plants, we were delighted to have Gerard van Laar, Senior Consulting Scientist at Inburex (Germany) join … Continue reading

The Role of the Architect in Reducing Reoffending
Infrastructure / Other / Planning & Design

The Role of the Architect in Reducing Reoffending

  View event agenda here Prisoner reoffending rates in Australia are at a critical level. Nearly half of Australia’s 36,000 inmates will return to jail within two years of release; costing the Government billions. Premier Mike Baird recently turned his attention to the issue, declaring in a recent report his intent to decrease recidivism by … Continue reading

3 Q&A’s with Geoff Ross of Airservices Australia
Energy & Utilities / Mining & Resources / Planning & Design

3 Q&A’s with Geoff Ross of Airservices Australia

How does one manage 4 million flights a year through 11% of the world’s airspace? Geoff Ross from Airservices Australia sheds some light about air traffic control rooms including the Integrated Tower Automation Suite (INTAS) project. Tell us a little about the INTAS Project? The delivery of services to the aviation industry by Airservices Australia … Continue reading

Social Finance: Sustainable growth that benefits everyone
Planning & Design

Social Finance: Sustainable growth that benefits everyone

The global financial crisis has a created both financial burdens and social burdens for governments in many developed countries.  We had the chance to catch up with Michael McMillan CFA, Director, Ethics and Professional Standards, CFA Institute – USA and speak to him about how government can best support social finance projects, how projects can attract investment and … Continue reading

Planning & Design

Driving innovation in Building Information Modelling

The UK government has embarked on a four year programme to reduce capital cost and the carbon burden in the construction and operation of the built environment. Central to these ambitions is the adoption of information rich Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies that will unlock new more efficient ways of working at all stages of … Continue reading