Faculty of Engineering


Resourcing for the Canterbury rebuild

This project aims to identify and communicate construction industry resourcing issues that may adversely impact on the Canterbury earthquake rebuild.

To improve resilience of construction organisations so that:

  • Capabilities are increased through improved resourcing practice.
  • Resourcing becomes part of integrated business growth and development.
  • The construction industry ability to adapt to changing environments will be enhanced.
     
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Key focus areas/issues


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  • Resourcing strategies used by construction organisations which are involved in the rebuild.
  • Weak links within the material supply chain.
  • Emerging issues during the rebuild (eg, temporary accommodation for the out-of-town workers, cost escalation, logistics of the building supplies).
  • Relationship between organisational workforce strategies and productivity.
     

Specific objectives are to improve predictions of resource demands so that:

  • Challenges that emerge from the labour market and supply chain will be incorporated in policy making as the recovery evolves.
  • Workforce strategies are better aligned with the needs of rebuild.
  • Recovery projects of priority, along with the business-as-usual projects, will be scheduled to smooth the resource profiles.
  • The areas of friction between the reconstruction workforce and the resident population (eg, temporary accommodation) can be understood and analysed.

Key achievements


  • Bridging the gap between needs of the construction industry and policy interventions from the government.
  • Research findings have been having an impact on practice – enabling both construction organisations and agencies to think differently about how to respond to natural disasters.
  • A successful research tour in Japan and established collaborative relationship with top researchers in disaster recovery and urban planning in Japan and the U.S.
  • Enhanced research capability - the team is recognised globally as a research consultancy, especially in the Asian Pacific Rim. Visit the Resilient Organisations website.
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Key people


  • Suzanne Wilkinson
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Alice Yan Chang-Richards
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Erica Seville
    University of Canterbury
  • David Brunsdon
    Kestrel Group Limited
  • Wayne Sharman
    Building Research Association of New Zealand

Contact


Suzanne Wilkinson
Email: s.wilkinson@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 extn 88184

Alice Yan Chang-Richards
Email: ycha233@aucklanduni.ac.nz

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Related publications


Copies of the publications can be accessed at www.resorgs.org.nz

Chang-Richards, Y., S. Wilkinson, E. Seville and D. Brunsdon (2013). Myths and Realities of Reconstruction Workers' Accommodation, Auckland, The University of Auckland, BRANZ, Resilient Organisations. February 2013.

Chang-Richards, Y., S. Wilkinson, E. Seville and D. Brunsdon (2013). Resourcing of the Canterbury rebuild: Case studies of construction organisations. Auckland, The University of Auckland, BRANZ, Resilient Organisations. January 2013.

Chang-Richards, Y., E. Seville, S. Wilkinson and D. Brunsdon (2012). Challenges and opportunities for construction organisations. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) project on SME Resilience, Resilient Organisations.

Chang-Richards, Y., S. Wilkinson, E. Seville and D. Brunsdon (2012). Resourcing issues in the past disaster recovery: Some perspectives. July 2012. Auckland, The University of Auckland, BRANZ and Resilient Organisations.

Chang-Richards, Y., S. Wilkinson and E. Seville (2012). Resourcing of the Canterbury rebuild: Changes and emerging themes. June 2012. Auckland, The University of Auckland, BRANZ and Resilient Organisations.

Chang, Y., S. Wilkinson and E. Seville (2012). Resourcing the Canterbury rebuild: Issues and outlook. A supplementary report April 2012. Auckland, The University of Auckland, BRANZ, and Resilient Organisations.

Chang, Y. and S. Wilkinson (2012). Preliminary Results from the Resource Availability for Christchurch Earthquake Reconstruction (RACER) Survey. January 2012. Auckland, The University of Auckland, BRANZ and Resilient Organisations.

Chang, Y. and S. Wilkinson (2012). "Canterbury rebuild - It's a resources issue." BRANZ Build 130(June/July 2012): 72-73.

Chang, Y., S. Wilkinson, R. Potangaroa and E. Seville (2012). Analysis of resource availability for post-earthquake reconstruction in Christchurch, New Zealand. The 8th annual International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure, Renewal and Reconstruction (IIIRR), 24-26 August. Kumamoto, Japan.

Further information


Project website for the public and construction organisations to access project information.

Canterbury Disaster Reconstruction Resourcing website

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