UNSW Built Environment BCMP: Susan Irvine

14 10 2010

Hey guys,

Once again this semester has just slipped away with only one week of classes left. It’s been a busy semester, with trying to balance working, studying, sporting and social activities. A highpoint for this semester has been competing in the Australian University Games (AUG’s) held in Perth. This is a national competition that university from all around Australia come together and compete in 31 sports over 5 days. I represent UNSW in swimming and waterpolo. The AUG committee also organises social activities for the athletes, so every night there are different themed nights and they also book out a couple of night clubs as well. This was a lot of fun and an opportunity to mix with all the other university students.  

 For my core subjects this semester I had Construction Contract Administration (CCA) and Tall Building Construction (TBC). CCA I found rather interesting as we learnt about all the different aspects of a contract and the process of dispute resolution in the construction industry. Along with this we learnt about the Security Payment Act, which is extremely important government legislation for the construction industry. My favourite part of TBC was going on the site visit. We got to go to 1 Bligh Street in the city, which is an extremely modern and state of the art high rise building. Being on site we saw everything up close, different stages of the building being constructed, along with having all the processes explained to us. This made everything we had been learning in class come together and it was really cool.

Surveying & GIS (SG) and Construction Business Practice & Marketing (CBPM) are my two building electives for the semester. SG has been a rather challenging and a different subject than my other subjects I have studied so far. It is more of an engineering subject, so it’s a combination of theory, maths and pracs. In the pracs I have been doing activities on the grounds of UNSW utilising theodolites, GPS’s and automatic levelling equipment. In CBPM I have been working on the major assignment of writing a business plan for a new business in the construction industry. The group I am in have decided to go with a project management company that manages the design and production of sustainable precast offices and accommodation for mining sites. I have been given the job of finance in the group, so I am responsible for managing the incomes and expense of the business.

At the end of this week UNSW has its biggest party of the year; Oktoberfest, which should be lots of fun. Then I am just looking forward to the summer holidays and spending some time at the beach.

Talk soon.

Susie

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