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Our research is exploring new and innovative ways to solve construction sector challenges, such as:

  • supply-chain issues
  • policy uncertainties
  • resource shortages.

Our findings assist the construction industry to utilise strategies to enable sector efficiencies and enhancements.



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 in a variety of:

  • industrial
  • geographical
  • legal
  • cultural
  • economic
  • sociotechnical contexts.

We use this understanding to work towards more efficient and effective ways of doing business.


Innovative procurement theories to optimise education per cost of school

Project leader

Associate Professor Adrian Bridge



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.

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

Project leader

Associate Professor Adrian Bridge



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.

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Student topics

Construction management

We offer research opportunities to future students interested in:

  • building procurement
  • construction management, particularly micro-economics of construction
  • cost engineeering
  • multinational contracting
  • procurement systems
  • quantity surveying
  • sustainability
  • tendering and bidding.

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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 modelling
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • information modelling.

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Project management

There are opportunities for future students to undertake research in project management, specifically in:

  • contract law
  • international project management
  • partnering
  • portfolio management
  • professional ethics
  • program management
  • quality management systems
  • safety and health.

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Our topics

Are you looking to study at a higher or more detailed level? We are currently looking for students to research topics at a variety of study levels, including PhD, Masters, Honours or the Vacation Research Experience Scheme (VRES).
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Our experts

We host an expert team of researchers and teaching staff, including Head of School and discipline leaders. Our discipline brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.
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