Construction and Project Management
Best practice solutions for sustainable retirement villages
Associate Professor Bo Xia's research addresses the unique housing requirements of senior citizens and advances the connection between ageing and sustainability. His work will help to promote and maintain good quality of life for older people, and contribute to local and national economic growth through a booming industry.
Examining community action in construction
Dr Melissa Teo won a David Langford Commemorative Award for her research paper ‘Getting to the heart of community action against construction projects' at the 30th ARCOM Conference. Her paper investigated the role of formal protest groups in sustaining community action against construction projects over time.
Building efficiencies into education delivery
Associate Professor Adrian Bridge received an ARC grant to lead a project to develop a whole-of-life procurement decision-making framework to make education delivery more cost effective in schools. The project is expected to create a higher performing school system and more resilient infrastructure.
Collaborating with leaders in construction
A group of our academic staff recently toured the Bathroom Pod Factory in Brendale, which is currently manufacturing bathrooms for approximately 8,000 Lendlease apartments nationally. These prefabricated bathroom pods are constructed in just seven days and are an excellent example of lean and modular construction.
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 such as:
- digital technologies
- business model development
- virtual design and construction
- stakeholder theory
- technology adoption models.
"While at university I was offered employment as an undergraduate civil design engineer and an undergraduate fly-in fly-out site engineer. I was working in two very different fields but QUT really prepared me for the challenges of each role."
Genevieve De Michele
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
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.
Some of our industry and community partners include:
- Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction
- Center for Integrated Facility Engineering – Stanford University
- Centre of Construction Law – King's College London
- Chongqing University
- Cranfield University
- Design Innovation Research Centre – University of Reading
- Griffith University
- Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Nanyang Technological University
- National University of Singapore
- Northumbria University
- Penn State University
- University College London Engineering
- University College London (The Bartlett)
- University of Hong Kong
- University of New South Wales
- University of Salford.
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).
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.