It’s construction management, but not
as you know it
After hundreds of years with little fundamental change in
how we build, the construction landscape is transforming rapidly. The changes
enabled by 3D (CAD) and 4D (time) and 5D (cost) building information modelling
tools have driven the development of next-generation construction technologies,
from augmented reality to roboticised assembly.
The pace of change makes continuing education a high
priority for the Australian built environment industries, according to
Professor Heather MacDonald, who heads up the School of the Built Environment
“The digital age has brought with it a demand for new skills
that are already being embedded in undergraduate course content. New generations
of graduates are arriving in the workforce with high levels of technological
competence,” MacDonald says.
“However, it’s important that experienced and talented
professionals working in more senior roles also have access to these skills.
This isn’t just about keeping pace with change; it’s also about enabling
effective leadership that reflects the shifting foundations of our profession.”
In recognition of this transformative period for the
construction industry, UTS has introduced a series of education offerings that
are focused on upskilling construction and property professionals. These
include the streamlined postgraduate Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma in Construction
Management degrees, which combine traditional project management frameworks
with the in-depth study of the technological and human inputs that define
contemporary construction management.
Short courses that focus on specialised applications of new
technologies are also on offer. These courses, which range from a few hours to
a few days of study, give participants the opportunity to engage with in-depth
learning on a single topic.
One such short course is Construction as Production, a
unique insight into how development in onsite and offsite methods are transforming
construction workforces. Designed and delivered by UTS Professor Perry Forsythe,
this course delves into the ways that IT enables greater degrees of
collaboration, the role of robotics and automation in offering greater
connectivity between processes, changes to traditional work processes, and the
opportunities of customisaton versus mass production that underpin debate about
“What would it take for construction processes to mimic the
precision and efficiency of modern methods of industrial production? The answer
is likely to lie at the intersection between industrialisation, digital
technology, supply chains and market economics,” says Professor Forsythe.
“These factors are changing the way we think about, and
execute, construction projects.”
Find out more about UTS
Construction Management degrees and short