Big crowds expected for Build Expo

Big crowds expected for Build Expo
Auckland Build Expo will feature a summit on women in the construction industry held in conjunction with the National Association of Women in Construction.

Each year since it started in 2016 Auckland Build Expo has been growing and this year looks to be bigger than ever, says marketing manager Olga Tsoy.
This year’s expo, on November 8-9 at the ASB Showgrounds, will feature over 200 different exhibitors and over 120 speakers from all areas of construction.
As the expo is free to attend coupled with Auckland’s booming construction industry, it typically draws big crowds, says Olga.
The expo also includes a main conference featuring general topics of interest to the building industry. This year these include updates on the construction industry, prefab building and sustainability. In conjunction with this there are three other parallel programmes.
The Buildings and Facilities Management Summit is a B2B event, which focuses on the interior of buildings/property and the management and monitoring of them. This includes the maintenance, operation, security, testing, inspection and planning of commercial and residential buildings, properties and developments.
It also includes smart technology used to monitor the connected home, energy usage, entertainment and climate control.
There will also be a BIM and Digital Construction Summit, which offers a series of seminars based on the latest discussions on digital technology within the built environment.
The full-day summits are open to everyone and will feature high level speakers who come from a wide range of sectors within the industry.
There will also be a summit on women in the construction industry held in conjunction with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).
This summit will be opened by Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter and will include the fi nalists and winners from the NAWIC awards. It will offer a lively panel discussion consisting of leading female experts within the industry.
Olga says that the event will be an interactive platform for women and men to examine the issues of gender imbalance and inequality within the built environment.
Other presentations that will be made during the expo include Context Architects, NZ Defence Force, Arup, Auckland Council, University of Auckland, WSP and City Rail Link.
The Apprentice of the Year 2018 competition, which recognises excellence among carpentry apprentices and raises awareness of career opportunities in the building and construction industry, will also be held at the same time.
Olga says that the Auckland Build Expo has been steadily growing each year and this year around 5500 attendees are expected. The expo won the best trade show launch at the Auckland Excellence Awards in 2017.
“The construction industry in Auckland is booming and there is a lot of interest in Kiwibuild and prefab building (both topics that will be featured at the expo).
“The expo will feature great content, entertainment and networking opportunities so we are expecting a lot of interest,” says Olga.
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