UNSW Built Environment Construction Management & Property: Jess Pascoe

11 11 2009

A whole year is finished and I am feeling full of knowledge I did not know I would have! This second semester has been even better then first. I have settled in with friends which meant that I made even more, and now have a big group of people I am reasonably close to.

My school work has gotten easier in some ways, because I have more of an understanding of what is going on, and harder in others, because it’s harder. This semester I studied Low Rise Residential Construction, Construction and Property Economics, Building Structures and Project Management. I found them all interesting, and enjoyed Structures because it was basically maths so once you got the hang of it (which isn’t always easy) then you could go from there, rather then having to remember a million different bits of information. The only exams I had were for Structures and Low Rise, and I liked the assignment format of Economics and Project Management however sometimes it was more difficult. I am looking forward to my summer, but also to my second year. I’m glad it’s a four not a three year course because I love uni!


UNSW Built Environment Construction Management & Property: John Ha

4 11 2009

OMG! It’s already over?
I feel old! Well, maybe not THAT old…I am only 21 in December!

But really, semester 2 went so fast!
Risk and Ethics went really better than I expected! The teams worked together and we pulled through!

Construction Techniques was a walk in the park, and I have learned about many more interesting and challenging construction methods that are available to us in the industry!
By staying focused and working week-by-wee, I was able to keep up and complete my assessments and work.  It definitely helped in the long run! I didn’t have to do late nighters every night the week before assessments were due!

Project X3 is in its final stages… with nearly 88% of the timber components complete, and nearly half of all required metal work done, we are on schedule to complete the Art Studio out near Broken Hill!
As for me, I am travelling to quite a few places during the break: to Fowler’s Gap, near Broken Hill to help supervise the Construction of Project X3; travelling to Cairns for a quick summer break; and back to Sydney to help in my part-time job supervising campers from South Korea!

In the mean time, I have to complete some general education courses over the summer so that I don’t prolong my degree more than the necessary 4 years… so wish me luck!

BCMP is so much fun, and I suggest that you spread the word about our course.

Anyways…got to work now!

UNSW Built Environment Construction Management & Property: Ben Iverach

22 09 2009

Hey Guys & Girls,

Well this year has definitely moved way too quickly! I cannot believe we are already nearing the end of second semester. Looking back however, it has been a great year and looking ahead there is still plenty more to look forward to.

We are currently in the process of organising some CAPS (Construction and Property Society) events including some on campus barbecues and hopefully an end of year function type event. It has been great working on the CAPS society and to see the feedback from all who have been involved so far is also great to see. We will be looking at establishing a website for the society so at the moment we have been working on ideas and possibilities for the future of the society.

Open day was another great event which provided a great opportunity to interact with possible future Built Environment students. I hope all who attended enjoyed themselves and took something away from the talks we had about the lifestyle and opportunities at UNSW.

Work is also going great and I am now back in the Head Office having finished up on the ALDI project. I am now currently working with a team within the company on construction supplier interaction and the quality processes used to ensure all our project’s materials supply needs are met on time and accurately. This has given me a great opportunity to see the different processes involved in managing material supply on construction projects, which will certainly be beneficial to me in the future.

Well I hope you all are having a great second semester and are all enjoying yourselves being a part of UNSW’s lifestyle. Speak to you soon.

UNSW Built Environment Construction Management & Property: John Ha

18 09 2009

Well, I’ll be… has it been half the semester already?
Well time flies when you have fun…

The semester has been unbelievable! I have been on top of my assessments and required work yet still been able to juggle time with my other commitments into my Korean Community and local church.

With only 2 days of official lectures… the only stress during the remaining time has been what to do?!

But for me, Project X3, my elective course, has been a major but very interesting and fun commitment, with both first aid and 2 years of construction skills under my belt, my services have been invaluable!  With nearly 3 days of committed work a week, (P.S. which I can get along just fine without hampering too much for my other assessments!) Project X3 is well on the way to be constructed right after the November Exam period.

Project X3 - Fowler's Gap

Project X3 - Fowler's Gap

Project X3 - Installing Centre Rafter

Project X3 - Installing Centre Rafter

As for my other courses, Social Responsibility and Professional Ethics really opened my mind on the complex natures of construction affecting not just the local community but the whole nature of where we live.  Risk Management is specifically studying the risks associated in a construction project while at the same time trying to find opportunities that can be identified at the same time. Really brings the ‘opportunitist’ out of me as I study this subject, might be handy in the near future. Construction Techniques is a breeze… with methods and available construction services being studied for very large and very specific projects like water based, islands, deserts and heavily urban environments.

And the assessments are easy to understand and follow: using both our initiative and knowledge in to expand study and research the construction industry itself.

I have never looked back from my decision in Construction Management, and I will always look for the silver lining now in every cloud, cause, what you learn you can use beyond work.

UNSW Built Environment Construction Management & Property: Dav Galea

14 09 2009

Wow, what a semester it has been!!! Working and studying has really kept me busy.

The start of this semester I attained a scholarship from the Australian Institute of Building, and they have been sending me to events.
I attended the AIB Construct Conference at Manly Pacific, all expenses paid!!! Yewwwwwww  Free drinks and meals both nights, and meet a whole bunch of new construction colleagues from different University’s throughout Australia. It was an experience ill never forget, and recommend every student to apply.

CAPS parties were AWESOME in Term 1.
We had a Start of Session Party on the Physics Lawn, with Northern Beaches Radio DJ’s – Mang Gang, Free BBQ, beers, goon, donuts, banners, games, the works. It was a great event to meet other people from the course I have never spoken too.

The CAPS Combo – BBQ was also a good experience on the Library Lawn!!. Brought everyone together.

Meet and Greet Night on the ground floor of Red Centre was an exceptional experience with around 20 Construction and Property companies and institutions providing career advice and work experience to all students who attended. Free finger foods, beer and wine was served with a blend of chill-out/café del mar music provided by the DJ’s!!

In update from previous blog..
I am still working at Reed, though I have moved projects from the $250mil Queens Square Law Courts project, Elizabeth St, Sydney to the $330mil NSW Gov. Building the Education Revolution (BER) Stimulus Package as a Systems Administrator.
This role is great as I get to work with most parts of the project, from implementing Safety Management Plans (SMP) in tenders, to payments and contract writing, ECS submissions to Dept of Commerce and bid evaluations. I am seeing many aspects of the project, and getting hands on experience in project cost reporting.

Until next blog!  Howyou goin?  Whatya drinkin?

UNSW Built Environment Construction Management & Property: Jess Pascoe

20 08 2009

Last semester I was busy making all my new friends but now I have them I can concentrate on knuckling down and getting good grades.

Lectures are more enjoyable and they are quite interesting.  Four hours in a row is a bit of a killer, but we get lots of breaks so it’s not so bad. I study project management, construction and property economics, low rise residential construction and building structures. The subjects this semester are less general and therefore a bit more interesting then last semester, and also a bit more challenging.  I only have exams for two out of four of my subjects which is nice but means that I have to work hard on the assignments during semester.

I recently signed up for unigames, which are in the Gold Coast this September/October with 29 sports contested. Participants will compete in: Athletics, Australian Rules Football, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cycling, Fencing, Football, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Kendo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Union 7’s, Softball, Squash, Surfing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Tenpin Bowling, Touch, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball and Water Polo.  I am very excited for that, however I will have to make sure that the week I’m away I don’t miss any important due dates or anything. All in all I’m enjoying round 2 of UNSW, the lecturers are good the work is interesting and the people are great.

UNSW Built Environment Construction Management & Property: Jess Pascoe

25 06 2009

Uni so far is great. The friends that I have made have been amazing, and I have had a real chance to get to know them. I am lucky to only have 100 people in my course so its not too overwhelming to meet people however there are still plenty of people to meet.

I have had several assessments due lately, taking a pretty cruisy start to a whole other level. Comparatively at least, I know I still am lucky compared to the Architecture kids! Exams are also coming up soon, which should be reasonably easy to handle with the two weeks I have to study as our exams are in the last few days. The work has been getting more enjoyable as I get my head around it a bit more. To start with I had no idea what anyone was talking about however now I can nod my head in understanding with what the lecturer is saying and only sometimes be faking it.

All in all the weeks since my first blog have been great, not only do I have good friends who are lots of fun but the work is for the most part interesting and enjoyable. I am definitely looking forward to the holidays but at the same time I’m sure I’ll be excited to get back!