Jocelyn Holley - NATSPEC SPECIFICATIONS: 2019 Overview and Production: NS1902
To understand the role of the specification as one of the contract documents.
To appreciate the extent to which a specification communicates design intent and to understand its other roles.
To appreciate the responsibility taken on board, by the professional, in writing a specification, which will impact all parts of a construction project and the associated personnel and their organisations.
To gain an increased understanding of what can go wrong in the writing of a specification, such as the implications of omissions from or duplication in the specification document.
To increase awareness of what material is available in assisting the specifier to prepare specifications, from NATSPEC.
Rod Rose - Best Practice Bushfire Protection Design (2018): RR1905
Understand which regulations apply to bushfire-prone land, and how these regulations impact on budget, development approval, the placement of the building on a site, and material selection.
Recognise which situations require the expertise of a Bushfire Planning and Design consultant. You will understand the specific expertise that a BPAD consultant can provide at the design concept stage and detailed design stage of a project.
Understand how bushfire regulations can impact on material selection, site placement, and therefore construction budget.
Be aware of the pending changes to the PBP in NSW, commencing 1 May, 2019.
Robert McDonald - Construction Waterproofing - 101: RM1907
Learn & understand which waterproofing issues are the most common defects in new construction
Be familiar with the Australian Standards for waterproofing, both internal & external
Appreciate where there are no current standards for waterproofing, in particular below ground level
Understand what are the most common defects resulting in waterproofing failure, both internal & external
Understand which standards are now adopted into the Building Code of Australia (NCC)
Edgar (Ted) Stubbersfield - Outdoor Timber: Design & Specification Basics: TS1912
To understand the importance of climate in the selection of timber for outdoor use
To appreciate the extent to which the species plays in the performance of timber outside
To appreciate the issues associated with determining suitable timber grades
To gain an increased understanding of what teh Australian Standards men, or don't mean, with regard to timber suitability for specific outdoor requirements
To increase awareness of how to design for timber performance; be aware of the Seven Deadly Sins of outdoor timber design
Understand the importance of verifying, the timber, treatment and design of a job.