Christchurch to show off building innovation to international quantity surveyors

10 May 2016

More than 450 delegates from around the world, including New Zealand, are expected to attend this year’s Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) Congress being held in Christchurch.

The New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) won the rights to host the 2016 PAQS and organisers are ready to go for what is set to be an outstanding event for Christchurch and the wider building and construction industry. 

The theme for the Congress is “Building for the Future – A Global Dilemma,” something the host city knows all too well.

Christchurch is now re-emerging as a vibrant and ever-changing city after the sequence of large earthquakes during 2010 and 2011 left detrimental effects on both the community and infrastructure.

Although devastating, the earthquakes have provided an unprecedented opportunity to rethink, revitalise and renew the city of Christchurch making it the perfect city to host PAQS.

Not only will they get to see the amazing activity happening in the quantity surveying profession, we will get to proudly show off other aspects of the city, contributing to the local economy at the same time.”

Philippa Goodman-Jones, congress convenor

Congress convenor Philippa Goodman-Jones says the five-day congress will explore new and innovative building construction structures and techniques, which are not only being used in Christchurch, but worldwide.

“The increase in devastating world weather events causes the construction community to rethink the way buildings are constructed and the need to reduce the cost escalations and construction time frames,” Ms Goodman-Jones says.

“It’s not about building over a few years, but fairly rapidly while adhering to all regulations.”

While the delegates are here, many of whom will be accompanied by their partners, they will be able to take tours of the Canterbury region and participate in the other local tourist attractions, Ms Goodman-Jones says.

“Not only will they get to see the amazing activity happening in the quantity surveying profession, we will get to proudly show off other aspects of the city, contributing to the local economy at the same time.”

Key note speakers include former Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker and Peter Hillary who has continued his involvement with Nepalese’s people following their disaster.

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub, global earthquake structural engineering company Miyamoto International director Dr H Kit Miyamoto, Student Volunteer Army founder Sam Johnson, and many more will also feature.

The main conference days will be Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24, 2016 and will take place at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand on Harvard Ave.

It will include site visits to the Christchurch Town Hall Conservation Project and the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct followed by tours of the Red Zone. There is also a specific programme for Young Quantity Surveyors from the Pacific Asia region.

Conference Innovators is the professional conference organiser for the congress and a full list of conference activities can be found on www.paqs2016.com

PAQS comprises professional quantity surveying members from Australia, Japan, China, Canada, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji, Korea, South Africa and of course New Zealand.