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Overview

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.

Real graduates

"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

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 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.

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)

Design, construct and maintain infrastructure such as roads or harbours. Be in demand and well paid with a professional civil engineering qualification.

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Graduate Certificate in Project Management

If you want to develop specialised knowledge and skills to constructively project manage a diverse range of projects in a diverse range of industries, then this is the course for you.

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Projects

Innovative procurement theories to optimise education per cost of school

Project leader

Associate Professor 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.

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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

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.

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Student topics

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 modelling, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and information modelling.

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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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Events

17 Nov 2018

FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE 2018

The 2018/19 FIRST LEGO League Season, INTO ORBITSM has launched!

2 Nov 2018

100 years of Anzac

Experience an interactive digital exhibition to learn about our First World War journey to the front, soldier repatriation and return home through stories of events and the historical places.

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