10th CIDB Postgraduate Conference

25 – 27 February 2018 | Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Conference Theme

Towards a better route to enhanced productivity, performance, and transformation of construction

Your hosting institutions

The conference will be co-hosted by the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) and the  Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT).




Conference Details

  1. Conference Proceedings
  2. Keynote Addresses
  3. Aims and objectives
  4. Topics to be addressed
  5. Abstract and papers
  6. Deadlines and submissions
  7. Organisers and contacts
  8. Accommodation
  9. Conference fees
  10. Registration form

Conference Proceedings

The CIDB Postgraduate Conference “Towards a better route to enhanced productivity, performance, and transformation of construction” official 2018 Conference Proceedings (PDF).

Keynote Addresses

  1. Rodney Milford: Transformation in the Construction Industry: A New Hope (PDF)
  2. Gaye le Roux: Ethics in Tertiary Education, post-graduate studies and Built Environment(BE) professional practice (PDF)
  3. Tjiamogale Eric Manchidi: Towards a better route to enhanced productivity, performance, and transformation of construction (PDF)
  4. Lisa Parkes: Informal settlements - Slide set 1 (PDF) | Slide set 2 (PDF)

Aim and objectives

The 10th cidb (Construction Industry Development Board) postgraduate conference aims to strengthen construction industry performance and transformation through a purposive engagement with contemporary research discourses. The broad objectives of the conference are to:

  • Provide a forum for multi-disciplinary interaction between academics and practitioners;
  • Provide an internationally recognised, and accredited conference;
  • Disseminate ground-breaking and cutting-edge practices, and
  • Contribute to the built environment body of knowledge.

Topics to be addressed

To realise the aforesaid theme, the conference will address topics, which inter-alia, include:

  • Construction economics and resources;
  • Construction resources e.g. labour;
  • Education and training;
  • Multi-cultural issues;
  • People in construction;
  • Professional association and registration;
  • Project management knowledge areas;
  • Project management processes;
  • Project parameters e.g. cost, health and safety, and quality;
  • Skills development and transfer, and
  • Sustainability and sector transformation.

Abstract and Papers

Authors are invited to submit abstracts in English of not more than 250 words for peer review by the scientific and technical committee by not later than 30 September 2017. To produce a structured abstract, please complete the following fields relative to the paper. There are six fields which are obligatory: purpose; design; findings; value; research limitations/implications, and practical implications. Each abstract should indicate the topic of the conference the proposed paper will address, and give the name and full contact details of the author to be contacted concerning the paper. Abstracts will be reviewed according to: the relevance to the topics and objectives of the conference; originality of subject matter; likely academic rigour of the proposed paper, and likely contribution to knowledge, or practical relevance, of the proposed paper.


The conference deadlines are as follows:

  • Abstract (250 words maximum):  30 September 2017
  • Notification of acceptance:             17 October 2017
  • Submission of completed paper:   25 November 2017
  • Notification of acceptance:             20 January 2018
  • Submission of final paper:              30 January 2018


Abstracts: E-mail to Dr E Allu, eallu@cut.ac.za

Papers: Accepted papers should be submitted via Easy Chair.

Organisers and Contact persons

Academic Programme Chair: Prof. Fidelis Emuze, femuze@cut.ac.za

Technical Programme Chair: Prof. John Smallwood, John.Smallwood@mandela.ac.za

Accommodation: Chapman Hotel

Venue: Protea Hotel by Marriott Port Elizabeth Marine, Marine Drive, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Conference fees

Excludes accommodation and travel.

CIB/Voluntary Association Member / cidb / Statutory BE Council registered

Registered at one of the bodies above R 4 000.00 + 14% VAT
Non-ditto R 4 500.00 + 14% VAT
Students (Full-time) R 2 750.00 + 14% VAT
Accompanying persons R 2 250.00 + 14% VAT

Registration form

Form updated on: 20/2/2018

Download and complete the registration form (PDF) further instruction is on the form.


Updated: 12 June 2018

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