Science and Engineering

Construction and project management

Overview

What is construction and project management?

We provide world-class teaching and research across the entire lifecycle of construction: from project development to completion.

Our research is exploring new and innovative ways to solve construction sector challenges such as supply-chain issues, policy uncertainties, and resource shortages. Our findings assist the construction industry to utilise strategies such as digital technologies, business model development, virtual design and construction, stakeholder theory, and technology adoption models to enable sector efficiencies and enhancements.

Our academic staff have provided substantial improvements to the performance of large partner organisations, such as Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads. Our courses span a wide range of project management methodologies with a strong focus on practical application to real-world projects.

Research

Our discipline is driven by world-class researchers, who demonstrate international research leadership in construction and project management.

Our research and expertise includes work in:

  • sustainability
  • innovation
  • information and communication technologies (ICT)
  • building information modelling (BIM)
  • health and safety
  • procurement and finance
  • infrastructure and heavy engineering
  • disaster management.

Collectively, we investigate global construction and project management best practices, with a focus on understanding how they're used and misused in a variety of industrial, geographical, legal, cultural, economic and sociotechnical contexts.

We do this with a view to devising, articulating and leading more efficient and effective ways of doing business.

Collaborations

Our researchers collaborate on projects in specialised research groups and facilities across disciplines and institutions, including the Australia-wide ARC Value in Operations project.

Rankings

Our recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rating was a 3 (at world standard) for building (FOR 1202).

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) evaluates the quality of research undertaken in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.

Projects

Some of the Category 1 funded research projects we have recently led include:

Innovative procurement theories to optimise education per cost of school

Project leader
Dr Adrian Bridge
Dates
2016-2019
Project summary
This project aims to develop a whole-of-life procurement decision-making framework so schools can make delivering better education more cost effective. This framework—which draws on state-of-the-art and Nobel prize-winning theories and a new theory the project will develop—will be used in government and private schools.
This research is expected to deliver more efficient ways to future-proof schools to create a well performing school system and more resilient infrastructure vital to Australia’s future prosperity.

Reforming the procurement of construction and financing of Australian infrastructure: advancing capacity, competition and investment

Project leader
Associate Professor Adrian Bridge
Dates
2009-2013
Project summary

The project will significantly assist Federal and State governments in delivering value for money in the provision of a substantial infrastructure pipeline. The project will promote the transformation of the domestic construction industry in Australia, in terms of saving unnecessary transaction costs, promoting productivity, advancing training and accessing the world's best knowledge and skills.

The project will help ensure that new infrastructure contributes to Australia's economic growth and counters inflationary pressures. Finally, the transferable knowledge outcomes of this project have potential to capture global attention and promote Australia as a leading nation in the provision of infrastructure.

Student topics

Are you looking to further your career by pursuing study at a higher and more detailed level? We are currently looking for students to research a number of topics within a range of broad themes.

There are topics relevant to students who would like to pursue:

  • PhD study
  • Research masters
  • Research project (part of masters by coursework or undergraduate project unit).

Construction management

We offer research opportunities to future students interested in construction management, particularly micro-economics of construction, building procurement, multinational contracting, procurement systems, sustainability, tendering and bidding, quantity surveying and cost engineeering.

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Project management

There are opportunities for future students to undertake research in project management, specifically in international project management, portfolio management, program management, quality management systems, safety and health, professional ethics, partnering, and contract law.

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Modelling and information technology in construction

There are research opportunities for future students to explore modelling and information technology in construction. Topics include: Building Information Modelling (BIM), building information technology in construction education, city modeling, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and information modelling.

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Contact

School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

  • Level 7, S Block, Room 701
    Gardens Point