Professor Martin Betts
This person does not currently hold a position at QUT.
BiographyBroad Area of Research: Infrastructure
Professor Martin Betts' research activities and interests embrace: strategic management in construction, construction IT, construction project management, built environment and engineering education and construction futures. He has been directly involved in research projects funded to over £1.5 million. He has personally been responsible for obtaining career research funding from external sources of more than £3.5 million.
Career funding from industry, government and research councils: £3,645,000.
CRC CIEAM Funding
- 2007: SI 205 - Integrated Information Model for Community Infrastructure and Asset Management ($415,000).
The project objective is to develop an integrated information framework for community based asset management and to establish technology environments for the interoperable exchange and management of asset data. The focus is on Local Roads assets in Queensland and Victoria working with Local Government Queensland Association and the Municipal Association of Victoria.
- May 2003: Present Executive Dean - Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
- Apr 1996 - Apr 2003: Professor - Construction IT, University of Salford
- May 1993 - Apr 1996: Senior Lecturer - University of Salford
- Jan 1992 - May 1993: Senior Lecturer - School of Building and Estate Management, National University of Singapore
- May 1988 - Dec 1991: Lecturer - School of Building and Estate Management, National University of Singapore
- 1987: PhD from the Council for National Academic Awards, UK
- 1985 - 1988: Lecturer - Quantity Surveying at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
- 1982 - 1985: Researcher - South Bank University, London, UK
- 1982: BSc Quantity Surveying University of Reading, UK, Second Class First Division
Building, Civil Engineering
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
Professional memberships and associations
- 2006: Fellow - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
- 2003: Fellow - Engineers Australia (one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers)
- 2001: Member - Institute of Learning and Teaching, UK
- 2000: Fellow - Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, UK
- 2000: Fellow - Chartered Institute of Building, UK
- 1990: Member - Chartered Institute of Building, UK
Professor Betts has also secured the leadership of the UK Government Making Connections initiative to take forward national collaboration between professional institutions throughout the Built Environment, all UK Universities and industry to promote relevant interdisciplinary Built Environment education and to address current recruitment challenges facing the sector. He now leads a Carrick Discipline Based Pilot Group in the Built Environment.
He organised and hosted a major international conference on construction education and research in Salford in April 2003, has convened its follow up in Hong Kong in 2006, and in Sri Lanka in 2008.
At QUT, Professor Martin Betts helped establish a $25m Project Management Academy jointly with TU Delft, U Texas at Austin and Cranfield Business School, for the Royal Dutch Shell Group and is extending this with other companies. His group was selected from amongst more than 100 world Universities as one of the four world leading project management groups and has retained its position in the Shell Academy through a three year engagement to date.
He is part of an award winning community engagement and research partnership with the Brisbane Airport Corporation which was recognised with the BHERT award of Australia’s leading research and development collaboration. Professor Betts has helped secure external funding for research chairs from: Queensland Health, Robert Bird Group, Queensland Rail/Main Roads/Transport, Queensland Major Contractors Association, the Power Engineering Alliance, the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia, and Brisbane Airport Corporation.
He was founder and director of a government-endorsed, industry led network in the UK. This group, known as Construct IT, promoted and coordinated research and benchmarked and facilitated improvements in industry IT and process performance. It was designated by the UK Minister as a National Centre of Excellence. He has published industry-oriented reports in Construction IT which were debated in the boardrooms of major international construction companies and influenced the funding decisions for IT investments in those companies. The Centre was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Excellence in Higher Education in 2000 and is the only construction-related UK project to have received this award as part of the national honours system.
Primary External Responsibilities
- 2007: Convenor and Leader of Australian Council of Built Environment Deans, Convenor of CIB Deans Forum, One of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Engineers
- 2003 - Present: Coordinator of CIB W89 Working Commission entitled Building Education and Research, Member of Australian Council for Engineering Deans
- 2000 - 2004: External examiner to the BSc Quantity Surveying at City University of Hong Kong
- 2000 - 2003: External assessor of Ireland government University research programme
- 1999 - Present: Chartered Institute of Building, Accreditation Board, Member
- 1999 - 2005: External examiner to BSc Quantity Surveying at Universiti Malaya
- 1999 - 2003: Member of the Association of Heads of Departments of Surveying of UK Universities, University Research Group for the Built Environment member, Member of ad-hoc EPSRC IMI Sector Target Advisory Group, External examiner to BSc Construction Management at Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland
- 1996 - 2002: Visiting Professor at RMIT University in Australia
- 1995 - 1998: Member of CIOB Research and Innovation Committee
- 1995 - 1997: Member of RICS Construction Research Sub-Committee
- 1994 - 2006: Coordinator of CIB W78 Working Commission entitled IT for Construction