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CIBSE ANZ - Reflecting on 2019

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I love this time of year because it’s when the ANZ committee comes together to create a vision and make plans for the year and the decade ahead. It’s also a time for me to reflect on all that’s been accomplished within CIBSE ANZ in the year gone by and give thanks to our amazing network of volunteers that make the magic happen.

CIBSE ANZ is a network of industry professionals who volunteer to give back to the industry and institution that they love. And they do this best by facilitating the sharing of knowledge and technical guidance. They organise seminars, provide the articles and written content that you read in this newsletter, they help develop industry training and represent CIBSE in various technical working groups.

Last year, CIBSE ANZ chapter and YEN committees have kept the industry informed with over sixty technical seminars across a variety of building services topics and under the watchful eye of our editor, Paul Angus, we have issued 3 editions of the Journal ENGineering Buildings.

In September, over 300 delegates attended the seminar series regional tour focused on IoT and the Neurology of Building Operations. The seminars provided the nuts and bolts on how to navigate the trends and threats of the IoT for better building performance. 

Whilst chapter committees have been delivering a programme of CPD this year, the CIBSE education committee has been pulling together a Building Services Engineering training programme like no other for the ANZ region. With the guidance of Peter Rickard-Green and expertise from over thirty industry professionals, this programme centres on seven building services disciplines each providing one, two or four-day training modules.

I watched the Young Engineers Network grow last year, not just in members but with a growing number of events and opportunities for emerging professional to network, visit unique building sites and gain leadership skills. Watching the YEN teams at work is inspirational and fills me with confidence for the future leadership of the industry. The 2019 Young Engineers Awards was a very special event for me, rewarding outstanding Students, Graduates and Young Engineers as tomorrow's leaders at a ceremony and cocktail function at the Melbourne Museum. This year I'm looking forward to the Awards and Annual function returning to Sydney on 23 July 2020.

A 2019 highlight for me is meeting the members at technical events, everyone in the services community is so engaged and there is a shared pride in the work we do. Over the course of 2019 I have been lucky enough to travel from my base in Sydney to Auckland, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to attend local CIBSE events and meet our volunteers and members.

If 2020 includes more of the same I will be a very happy CIBSE BDM!

Happy New Year!

Sharon Pestonji

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