PlanRadar Australia was proud to recently sponsor the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) – Girls in Construction November event in Geelong, Melbourne.
With PlanRadar acting as a primary software vendor, a group of attendees undertook a series of challenges and workshops developing construction skills, gaining first-hand experience working in a job site environment and collaborating as a team. The PlanRadar team were delighted to supply their construction management software to manage and schedule the on-site building activity over the course of the five-day event.
The Girls In Construction initiative was established by AIB with the goal of supporting an increase in professional female builders within the construction industry. One requirement for this is support from university graduates, which the GIC Camp for Girls helps to provide. The camp ran for five days and provided year 9-12 female students at Sacred Heart and Mathew Flinders Girls’ Schools a boost up in their journeys to becoming tertiary educated builders. The very first GIC camp was held during 21 November – 25 November at Deakin University‘s Waterfront Campus.
Eighteen female students from those schools comprised the team, supervised by building professionals, trades people and teachers from Deakin University and The Gordon. The students were involved in the design, developing a 3D model and physical construction for the duration of the event.
The build was successfully completed in five days, with the “Shed” being donated to Victoria’s Cottage By The Sea charity. The AIB have been pleased with the response and support from Deakin University, The Gordon, AIB’s Corporate Partners, PlanRadar, select building and construction professionals, and others in the industry who see a more equitable workplace where female professional builders are welcomed into the field.
Geoff Dart, AIB Executive Director, said: “The opportunity to include leading construction management software in this project was fantastic, as the construction industry has historically lagged behind other industries in the adoption of digital tools. Given the age of the students (15 to 17 years old), I have no doubt they were able to greatly benefit from the technology available to aid the construction of this building.”
The AIB, a not-for-profit industry group, assesses and accredits 15 universities around Australia for their construction degree and higher education courses.
Since its inception in 2013, PlanRadar has extended its footprint from its Austrian base to 65 countries. Following their regional launch in Australia earlier this year, PlanRadar has already seen an increasing industry presence with industry events, associations and partnerships, and look forward to further sponsorship opportunities for worthwhile industry initiatives such as GIC.
PlanRadar Australia are proud to support young women choosing construction and as a career and were excited to watch the event progress unfold.