Goodbye Adelaide…hello Brisbane!
This week, the BILTANZ committee started planning in earnest for our 2018 event, which as usual we announced at the wrap up session for BILT 2017 – but I realised we had never formally announced here on the blog…
BILTANZ 2018 will for the first time be held in Brisbane – at the Royal International Convention Centre from 24-26 May. With three of our committee members being Brisbane locals as well as the strength of the local BrisBIM group, there will be much excitement and we are expecting this to be a fantastic event with a strong line up across all of our streams, both in the more traditional design sphere and our newer streams of construction and project controls.
While for the committee, event planning already started the day after the Adelaide event with our debrief workshop, this week we held our first teleconference to start planning the abstract submission process. That’s right – abstract submissions will be opening fairly soon, so start thinking about and jotting down your ideas (maybe we could get a few more abstracts in before the last day this time…prizes?) we have also been looking at the information speakers provide to try to better match delegate expectations to session content.
Before we say goodbye to Adelaide, we would like to thank all of you who have provided feedback on both the event and the speakers. Each year we try to create a better and better experience for you, our delegates and speakers, and all of your feedback is important for this. If you missed the chance to provide your feedback via the survey but still have something to say, always feel free to emails us [email protected].
Overall our first visit to Adelaide and to a convention centre was a very successful event. With close to 400 attendees coming from all over the world (approximately 10% of our attendees are international), the event was similar in size to our Hunter Valley event in 2016. For those interested in a few more of our stats – across 7 classrooms and labs, the 3 day event consisted of 120 hours of class time and 30 hours of networking (sleep optional) – no wonder you were tired when you got home! And whilst we didn’t manage to beat the North Americans on twitter, over 2000 tweets were tagged #BILTANZ over the event week – we challenge you for next year to beat this! Overall feedback has been very positive and we are all excited and energised to make BILTANZ in Brisbane in 2018 our biggest and best event yet.