Setting Trends in Construction
Mr Neil Sirbadhoo graduated with a Master of Science degree in Construction Management after researching the impacts of implementing lean tools and techniques by construction project managers during the construction phase of public sector projects, which are aimed at achieving the successful delivery of the programme.
Sibardhoo was supervised by Professor Theodore Haupt and Dr Nishani Harinarain.
Why did he decide to pursue a postgraduate degree in Construction Management? ‘After completing my BSc (Hons) in Construction Management at UKZN in 2008, I published a number of research papers at peer-reviewed conferences around the globe. Owing to my passion for academic research I am always motivated to contribute to the academic body of knowledge. As a result and through the support of my supervisors Professor Haupt and Dr Harinarain, I decided to do an MSc in Construction Management.’
Sirbadhoo says his mother, Sherina, is his role model, always motivating him to excel in all aspects of his life. He is currently employed by the LDM Group as a professionally registered Construction Project Manager.
‘From a career perspective and as a young professional in the Built Environment, I want to start my own project management company in the near future. From an academic perspective, I would like to consider pursuing my PhD in a few years.’
Sirbadhoo says there are a variety of career options open to students in the built environment sector. ‘Graduates can branch off into an array of available career paths relating to property, construction, quantity surveying and project management, to name a few,’ he said.
‘As a professional who has been in the industry for 10 years, I believe the construction industry in South Africa is positive,’ said Sirbadhoo. ‘Whilst there are challenges in the public sector towards achieving targeted service delivery of planned construction projects, the public sector together with committed built environment professionals have made considerable improvements through the successful delivery of construction projects throughout the country.’