Welcome to the blog of Members’ Forum 2017.
Members’ Forum 2016 Executive Summary
This year’s Members Forum was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong and, in a first for CIOB, took place alongside the finals of the Global Student Challenge, providing an opportunity for the finalists to interact with representatives of the CIOB from around the world.
The Forum began with an evening reception at which President Chris Chivers presented awards to the winners of the International Innovation and Research Awards and a Special Recognition award to Mrs Vera Waters on behalf of her late husband, Dr Derek Daniel Waters FCIOB for his exceptional contribution to the CIOB.
The following morning saw the baton of the Presidency handed over to myself at the AGM and thanks given to Chris Chivers for his time and dedication to the Institute as CIOB President throughout the previous year. That evening we hosted the British Consulate Reception, which was opened by Frances Moffat-Kouadio, Hong Kong Trade Commissioner, and attended by representatives of the Hong Kong construction industry.
The workshops this year focussed on three key themes; Governance, Global Recognition and Diversity and Inclusion and generated a lot of discussion which will help to shape the future direction of the Institute and inform the way that we engage with government, industry, employers, education providers and other key stakeholders.
Members Forum is about two way dialogue and the reports that were given by each of the members representatives from across the globe provided a valuable insight into the work that is being carried out throughout the CIOB and the progress that is being made towards our goal of One CIOB. It is by sharing in this way that we can collectively shape the future of our Institute.
Our site visits this year took delegates to the Xiqu Centre, a world class arts venue specifically created for Chinese opera and set to open in 2018. The Centre adopted a top-down method of construction through synchronous hydraulic lifting techniques. The second part of the tour featured the Anderson Road housing development which is operating under a six day cycle fast track construction method; where large steel panel formworks along with precast and semi-precast units are used in place of traditional timber frameworks.
On the final day we held an external conference entitled ‘Constructing the Future – A Global Perspective’. This conference covered three main themes; the economic outlook and its implications on the construction industry, the role of innovation in construction today and the challenge of improving productivity in the industry, and best practice in the delivery of major programmes and projects, which included a case study of the One Belt One Road initiative in China. The conference was opened by the Guest of Honour, Paul Chan, Hong Kong Secretary for Development.
The Members Forum concluded with the President’s Inaugural Dinner which provided me with an opportunity to set out my objectives for my presidential year, highlighting the role professionals play in today’s industry and the central role of ethics in that.
It is therefore appropriate to conclude by mentioning the ‘Building a Fairer System’ report into modern slavery in construction supply chains which was launched at this year’s Members Forum and was the continuation of the work that began at Members Forum 2014 in Qatar under the presidency of Professor Ghassan Aouad.
Paul Nash MSc, FCIOB