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Free Building Defects Assessment

Having Problems with Defects in your Multi-Apartment Building?

We are interested in hearing from you if you are in the following situation:

-The building is a multi-story apartment building that is above three levels.

-The building has been constructed in the last 10 to 15 years and is showing signs of multiple defects.

-The building defects are substantial, potentially dangerous and could lead to structural or fire related issues. This could included the installation of Aluminium Composite Panel that is currently stable but a potential fire risk.

And your relationship to the building is one or more of the following:

-You represent a majority of the  building community ( e.g. body corporate committee member)

-You are the building manager.

-You are the body corporate manager

-You are a lawyer representing a client or stakeholder related to the building

-You are a builder or building professional who constructed the building.

-You are a developer who developed the building.

-You are an estate agent or financial intermediary representing the property developer of the building.

-You represent a peak body related to the building or the situation.

Help our Research Project: ‘The Defects Dilemma’

The high rise apartment building is in a state of crisis across the globe as a perceived safe form of accommodation for our families.

Our own Australian tragedies and misadventures include (Bankstown 2012, La-Crosse Docklands 2014, Opal Tower Sydney 2018, Neo Melbourne 2019) and then there are the international cases like Grenfell (UK 2017) and the Torch Tower (Dubai 2017).

The peace of mind of normal apartment owners is stretched to the limit.

So how can you help solve this complex problem?

Please help us bring peace of mind to apartment owners and  understand the nature and extent of the defects as part of our research project and we will ask you to fill in a short survey.

Upon filling out the form below and the survey which we will send you we will provide a free assessment of your situation.

The assessment will help you understand the causes of the defects from a systemic view i.e. how the property development and construction system that created your building has contributed to the defect levels you are experiencing. It is not a defects inspection.

Learn More about how the historical decay in property development and building systems have contributed to the level of defects in high rise apartment buildings.

Learn More about our research project called ‘The Defects Dilemma’.

Register  for a place at our upcoming webinar series  which provides updates and industry engagement related to the ‘The Defects Dilemma’

Learn More about our Linked In Group called ‘The Property Development Doctor’ which is dedicated to bringing peace of mind to multi-storey apartment owners.

Next Step:

Fill out the form below and we will provide you with:

a) the survey (your identity is anonymous and is used for research purposes).

b) upon filling out the survey we will provide an initial free assessment of your situation as noted above.

c) by filling out the form and sending it to us you acknowledge and agree with the waiver and conditions noted below.

Dr Jonathan Drane

Optimum Search Pty Ltd

Waiver:

Any assessment is made by Optimum Search Pty Ltd and is an initial assessment only and does not include any site visits.

The assessment does not cost you and there are no guarantees or warranties associated with the assessment.

The assessment is based on our own research data and a survey that is issued by us and filled out by you.  The survey collects data on building defects that help with our research project and processes. Your identity remains anonymous.  

The assessment is confidential and not to be issued by you to other parties nor relied upon for any legal, mediation or dispute processes.

Optimum Search Pty Ltd reserves the right to not assess your situation at its discretion due to non relevance to the objectives of our research project.

Any further requests for advisory services  are subject to a contract arrangement that is separate to this initial assessment and conducted by Optimum Search Pty Ltd.

-Think Like a Property Developer: How do Property Developers Think?

How Do Property Developers Think?

Book our next session on Eventbrite:

Book Here

Our cities are more and more reliant on private property developers, to create our new developments and cityscapes. Despite Local and State Environmental Plans, Zonings and Development Control Plans, our skylines continue to defy our planning regimes.

This topic is relevant to not only City Planners but Legislators, State and Local Authorities.

Find out from veteran property developer and researcher Dr Jonathan Drane who is not only an historian of the Property Development Industry but a researcher of City Growth Dynamics that rely on Property Development.

Book a seat at one of our introductory sessions

See our booking page.

This class is both for budding property developers but also city planners who are sometimes frustrated and bewildered by the forces of property development.

Dr Jonathan Drane

Dr Drane’s Greenshoots Update

Dr Jonathan Drane: Greenshoot News Update

Regional City Growth Dynamics: A Research Focus

I have recently left academia after 6 years at both UNSW Built Environment and then Western Sydney University’s School of Business. I am returning to my prior independent research and advisory profile which I have operated through Greenshoot Investments since 1993 which will aim to grow into a research and teaching centre in its own right as time goes by.

The Outer West Dormancy and Growth Dynamics Research Project which started during my MBA at MGSM in the 1990s then through my doctorate at UNSW and continued in my time with WSU will continue, and I will be seeking funding, sponsorship and collaborations. But early days.

See my research page which pays tribute to MGSM, UNSW and WSU where the dormancy research found its genesis, grew and now matures as time goes by.

For More Information : http://www.jondrane.net/research/

The Parlous State of Contemporary Property Development 

The Property Development Industry in the commercial multi-apartment sector is plagued by the advent of DIY developers who clearly did not get the memo related to quality and integrity through the application of professional practices. When this resulted in two girls having to jump off a balcony to escape a fire and the death of one of those girls ( Bankstown 2012)  , the industry finally said no.

This research found its genesis through my chronicling of the degeneration of professional property development practices while at UNSW City Futures where I was invited to write a conference article and speak on what I thought was the boring subject of defects. To my surprise, the audience was lit up by the talk and paper, because it brought to life the decay of property development professional structures over several decades.

A simple article grew into an invited appearance at the National Building Regulatory Summit in February 2018 where I found myself an accidental historian of the industry. There I chronicled the decay in development structures across finance, design, construction and statute, an integrated view previously unseen.

For More Information: http://www.jondrane.net/research/the-state-of-contemporary-property-development-structures/

Property Development Master Classes: ‘Work Ready’ and ‘Street Wise’

The universities continue to attempt to steer coursework and offerings toward an ‘industry ready’ framework and for students to be more ‘fit for purpose’.

With this in mind, I am offering a number of  online webinars for College and University students (undergrad and postgrad), which are designed to supplement their current College and University studies and help their career aspirations to come to life in the complex and exciting world of commercial property development.

The Master Classes are designed to provide  real life skills and street smart tools to get students on the road to success. Whether they want to  follow a career employed in property development and/or become a property developer in their own right.

The first master class is in three sessions in early November. You can learn more or book a seat here:

Book Here

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/dr-dranes-master-class-becoming-a-street-smart-property-developer-tickets-51576187766

Thank You Academia

I have spent a lifetime in the commercial property development and construction industry and been a property developer in my own right. Over those years I have mentored executives and managers and lectured to hundreds of students across four academic institutions including Sydney University, UNSW, WSU and ICMS. I am also an alumni of UNSW and MGSM.

I have loved working with the students and teaching is in my wiring. Being a creature of the wilderness and not the citadel, I now stand on the outside looking upward at these past institutions, my teachers and colleagues. Thank you for helping to get here. I look forward to working alongside some of my past colleagues toward issues heralded in the initiatives above.

Sincerely

Jon

Dr Jonathan Drane

Director Greenshoot Investments

and Optimum Search est 1993

www.jondrane.net