cidb Centres of Excellence

cidb Centres of Excellence

Introducing our cidb Centres of Excellence. The cidb Act mandates the cidb to promote appropriate research and to develop a construction industry research agenda that defines national development priorities. Further to this, the Act allows for the establishment of a knowledge centre through which industry and clients can access knowledge and experience on innovation and best practice.

cidb Centres of Excellence establish partnerships with universities to facilitate research capacity and academic development in the construction industry. Through the centres, we at the cidb are able to promote sustained R&D and academic capacity in support of the built environment and the local construction industry. Currently, the support is focused on developing capacity amongst black and female academics and researchers.

The centres promote increased training of built environment professionals, offer a bursary and internship programme with a specific focus on black female students and the needs of the public sector.

cidb Centres of Excellence are aligned with the cidb’s strategic objective of industry transformation. 

The cidb University of Johannesburg (UJ) centre of excellence is a relatively new addition. It is established at the Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying and undertakes research on pertinent industry issues, while developing high-level academic skills at master’s and doctoral levels.

In the 2020/21 financial year the centre achieved the following:

  • Enrolled 12 postgraduate students;
  • Employed three postdoctoral fellows to support doctoral candidates;
  • Completed two cidb-commissioned research reports; and
  • Published two books and several papers in peer-reviewed journals.

In December 2020, the centre published ‘The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the construction industry’, which assessed the response of construction companies to the Covid-19 hard lockdown and the challenges they faced. It also documented measures that could hasten the recovery of construction post-lockdown.

Upcoming events

cidb Doctoral Conference
Date: 20 October 2021
Venue: Virtual

State of the Construction Industry Seminar
Date: 21 October 2021
Venue: Virtual