Robin Miller is a Registered and Chartered Building Surveyor with offices in Arrowtown and Dunedin.
The members’ survey carried out earlier in the year gave
some constructive feedback to the Executive on the Institute’s communications and, in particular, the NZIBS newsletters. The survey declared that the newsletters are important to members, and they are always read, but there was a clear consensus that the content should be more technically-focussed and concentrated on professional and industry issues.
Members were also emphatic about wanting an electronic newsletter delivered quarterly.
It’s undoubtedly going to take a few issues to get the format and nature of the content right and, with the initial meeting for the next edition already set for 20 May, your feedback over the following few weeks is going to be crucial. So, what do you think about the design and layout? What about the content and the subjects covered? Do you have ideas for other topics and, very importantly, could you write an article for a future edition about a project or matter you have experience of?
What we, the Executive, have decided upon for the format of an E-magazine reflects other similar publications by our more global competitors – because that’s where the Executive sees the Institute; rubbing shoulders with the best, but being the strongest voice in building surveying, and the wider construction industry, in New Zealand.
This first edition covers a variety of fields in which NZIBS members are working (and it’s a big and growing field). Ed Morris, who’s responsible within the Executive for technical matters, has provided an update of MBIE’s current proposals for the Building Code.
It is hoped these changes will make things easier for designers and engineers and also reflect the changing times of the building industry. The intention is that Ed will provide a technical report for future editions of The Journal and, so, help us all keep update to date with changes that affect our work.
Kathir Sam and Graeme Calvert have both written thought-provoking articles that raise quandaries we might all face from time to time. Lawyer, Michael Wolff of Morrison Kent, also provides advice on a critical employment issue for many companies – the 90-day trial period.
Following on from the March Training Day, John Stallard has started the first of two (or maybe, three) articles on damp-proofing; a subject that is at the fore-front of much of our
work. Murray Proffitt has written about a fascinating heritage project he’s involved in with Russell Murray, a conservation architect from Wellington. Finally, there’s a short piece about archaeology from Ben Teele – is this something we need to think about? It certainly is if you ever get involved in excavations or demotions where 19th century human activities may have taken place.
So, read on and get in touch with your thoughts as to how The Journal can improve. After all, it’s your magazine to tell New Zealand your story as a Building Surveyor.