2011 - ongoing
“Resourcing the Canterbury Rebuild Research Project” (also known as “Resource project”) is jointly funded by the University of Auckland, the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ), Resilient Organisations, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Earthquake Commission (EQC). Its purpose is to measure the capability and capacity of the construction sector to manage a major reconstruction effort in Canterbury following the 2010 and 2011 earthquake sequence. Since the commencement of the project in September 2011, the research team have been surveying and interviewing Canterbury construction organisations to understand:
- Size of the reconstruction task across Canterbury.
- The anticipated resources needed to complete the reconstruction task within the scheduled reconstruction period.
- Human and material impact of other projects.
- Social and economic impacts of resource shortages.
- Emerging issues that influence the progression of recovery.
The research team have agreement with 15 construction industry organisations to case study their progress and resourcing of the rebuild over time. Interviews with representatives of those companies were conducted on a regular basis. The ongoing consultation and discussion with people working in the related fields in CERA and MBIE have shown the need to continually reassess, update and pose solutions and best practice approaches to solve the resourcing challenges the rebuild faces.
Information gathered in the case studies has been disseminated widely to improve knowledge, practice, implementation and experience for construction organisations in Canterbury.