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RMIT University

http://www.rmit.edu.au/departments/rd/
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RMIT University's research and development concentrates on two related areas of activity - managing and fostering research, and encouraging innovation and its practical application, particularly to the benefit of the Australian community.

The University's research seeks to expand its capabilities through the use of multi-disciplinary approaches to problem-solving and the building of strong relationships with industry, government, commerce and the wider community.

The Centre for Design is based in the Faculty of the Constructed Environment. Its activities include:

  • developing and demonstrating new design methods, tools and processes aimed at improving the environmental performance of products and services;
  • working with industry to design greener products and services, and to develop more strategic environmental directions;
  • advising government agencies on policy and programs to reduce environmental impacts through design and exploring new design concepts and scenarios for a sustainable future;
  • maintaining a national and international network of research and information exchange in environmental design.
The Centre for Design has generated a significant and wide-ranging body of work for public and private sector clients, generating new options for development within environmental limits.

The Department of Building and Construction Economics in the Faculty of the Constructed Environment, is expert in a wide range of building and construction research fields. These include sustainable construction; development and building control legislation; construction/project management; information management; innovation and new products.

The School of Architecture and Design, also in the Faculty of the Constructed Environment, is a pre-eminent international design school with the largest post-graduate research program in Australia. Researchers are engaged in a wide range of issues involving application of design to the shaping of cities, at the large urban scale as well as in the detailed provision of architecture; landscape architecture; interior design and products. Sustainability is also a major focus of design research.

In the Department of Land Information, the Remote Sensing and GIS group has strong interests in spatial and image analysis; environmental applications of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS); business applications of GIS; land information systems, and soft-copy photogrammetry. The Mapping Science group, as well as its research and development activities, conducts short courses in cartography, desktop mapping and multimedia. The Measurement Science group is active in the fields of cadastral surveying, the Global Positioning System (GPS), geodesy and other measurement based activities. The group aims to be innovative in the use of modern measuring technology. Research projects have included investigations of the legal traceability of GPS measurements, and the establishment of GSP infrastructure in Victoria.

Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor
Research & Development
RMIT University

 

Faculty of Applied Science
Department of Applied Chemistry
http://www.rmit.edu.au/departments/cm/research/index.html
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Volatile organic emissions from building materials
Chief Researcher: Brown S
Supervisor: Cullis A/Prof P
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Fields Classification: 291402 Composite Materials
291499 Materials Engineering nec

 

Department of Land Information
http://www.ls.rmit.edu.au/landinfo/landinfo.htm
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

A methodology for combining GPS and terrestrial data
Chief Researcher: Hill C
Supervisor: Gerdan Dr G
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 291004 Spatial Information Systems


Technology management - a systems methodology to develop models for technology transfer in Australia
Chief Researcher: Finegan A
Supervisor: Ellis A/Prof G
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 291099 Geomatic Engineering nec


Development of a spatially based decision making construct with application to rural land management
Chief Researcher: Fraser D
Supervisor: Edwards A/Prof N
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: SPATIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Research Field Classification: 291004 Geomatic Engineering nec


Visualisation and simulation of 3D landscape processes: Flood events and risk assessment in Victoria
Chief Researcher: Zhou Y
Supervisor: Norton Prof T
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: SPATIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Research Field Classification: 291004 Geomatic Engineering nec

 

Faculty of the Constructed Environment
Centre for Design at RMIT
http://www.cfd.rmit.edu.au/dfe/cfd_2_5.html
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

EcoReDesignTM program
Chief Researchers: Gertsakis J, Ryan Prof C, Grant T
Sponsors: Environment Australia; EcoRecycle Victoria; NSW Environment Protection Authority; Energy Research & Development Corporation.
Duration: -1999.
Descriptors: LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT; SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS; DESIGN TOOLS
Research Fields Classification: 291103 Building Construction Economics (incl. Quantity Surveying)
291104 Environmental Technologies
310106 Interior and Environmental Design


EcoSpecifier: A guide to sourcing environmentally preferable materials
Chief Researchers: Gertsakis J, Abdilla M, McLaren W
Sponsors: EcoRecycle Victoria, NSW Waste Management Boards, CSM Office Furniture Solutions
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS; LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT; SUSTAINABLE DESIGN; DESIGN TOOLS
Research Fields Classification: 310106 Interior and Environmental Design
291104 Environmental Technologies
319999 Other Architecture, Urban Environment and Building
http://ecospecifier.rmit.edu.au


Onsite - Construction waste minimisation web site
Chief Researchers: Gertsakis J, Abdilla M
Sponsors: NSW EPA; EcoRecycle Victoria; South Australian Waste Management Committee
Duration: -2000
Descriptors: WASTE AVOIDANCE; RESOURCE RECOVERY; SUSTAINABLE BUILDING
Research Fields Classification: 310106 Interior and Environmental Design
291104 Environmental Technologies
310202 Building Construction Management
319999 Other Architecture, Urban Environment and Building
http://onsite.rmit.edu.au

 

Department of Building and Construction Economics
http://www.rmit.edu.au/tce/bce
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Electronic communications in construction organisations
Chief Researcher: Beswick S
Supervisor: Stewart P
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: IT--CONSTRUCTION
Research Field Classification: 310202 Building Construction Management


Resource-based cost modelling in design/construct projects
Chief Researcher: Lawther P
Supervisor: Edwards A/Prof P
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 310203 Building Construction Economics (incl. Quantity Surveying)


Building legislation and development approval processes
Chief Researcher: Chawla D
Supervisor: Webber R
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: BUILDING CONTROL LEGISLATION
Research Field Classification: 319999 Other Architecture, Urban Environment and Building


Sub-contractor risk management
Chief Researcher: Murphy P
Supervisor: Edwards A/Prof P
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 310202 Building Construction Management


Flexible construction planning through IT management
Chief Researcher: Shen Y
Supervisor: Walker Prof D
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 310202 Building Construction Management


Alternative dispute resolution in residential building contracts
Chief Researcher: Eilenberg I
Supervisor: Walker A
Duration: -1999.
Descriptors: HOUSING; CONFLICT; PSYCHOLOGY
Research Field Classification: 310299 Building nec


Evaluation of BOOT/BOT projects
Chief Researcher: Angeles N
Supervisor: Walker Prof D
Sponsors: Davis, Langdon, Everest
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Research Field Classification: 310203 Building Construction Economics (incl. Quantity Surveying)


Building regulations and quality standards
Chief Researcher: Cross G
Supervisor: Webber R
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: BUILDING CONTROL LEGISLATION
Research Field Classification: 310299 Building nec


Contingency assessment in project budgets
Chief Researcher: Baccarini D
Supervisor: Walker Prof D
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Research Field Classification: 310202 Building Construction Management


Building legislation and offshore trading for the Australian construction industry
Chief Researcher: Mieldazys J
Supervisor: Webber R
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: BUILDING CONTROL LEGISLATION
Research Field Classification: 310299 Building nec


Integration of quality, safety and environmental management in construction organisations
Chief Researcher: Wansink E
Supervisor: Walker Prof D
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 310202 Building Construction Management


Relationship marketing in the construction industry
Chief Researcher: Davis P
Supervisor: Walker Prof D
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Field Classification: 310202 Building Construction Management


Strategic alliance relationships for infrastructure projects in Hong Kong
Chief Researcher: Johannes D
Supervisor: Walker Prof D
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Research Field Classification: 310202 Building Construction Management


Indoor air quality and productivity
Chief Researcher: McBean I
Supervisor: Tucker S
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: INTELLIGENT BUILDINGS
Research Field Classification: 291104 Environmental Technologies


IT innovation in construction organisations
Chief Researcher: Smithers M
Supervisor: Walker Prof D
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: CONSTRUCTION--IT
Research Field Classification: 310202 Building Construction Management


IT and competitive strategies in strategic management for construction organisations
Chief Researcher: Stewart P
Supervisor: Betts M
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: CONSTRUCTION--IT
Research Field Classification: 310202 Building Construction Management


Comparative study of building performance regulations
Chief Researcher: Webber R
Supervisor: Berry Prof M
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: BUILDING CONTROL LEGISLATION
Research Field Classification: 310299 Building nec


Activity dynamics in the residential construction market
Chief Researcher: Wilson A
Supervisor: Berry Prof M
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: BUILDING ECONOMICS
Research Field Classification: 340214 Urban and Regional Economics


Construction waste management in Singapore
Chief Researcher: Goh S
Supervisor: Edwards A/Prof P
Duration: -1999.
Descriptor: SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION
Research Field Classification: 310202 Building Construction Management


Motivation of construction employees
Chief Researcher: Smithers G
Supervisor: Walker Prof D
Duration: -1999.
Descriptor: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Research Field Classification: 310202 Building Construction Management


Sustainable walling systems
Chief Researcher: Outhred G
Supervisor: Sidwell A
Duration: -1999.
Descriptor: SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION
Research Field Classification: 310201 Building Science and Techniques


Risk perceptions in construction organisations
Chief Researcher: Edwards A/Prof P
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: RISK MANAGEMENT
Research Field Classification: 310202 Building Construction Management


Implementation and evaluation of a behaviour-based waste management strategy in the Victorian construction industry
Chief Researchers: Graham P, Lingard Dr H, Smithers G
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: WORK-PLACE MOTIVATION; WASTE REDUCTION
Research Fields Classification: 310203 Building Construction Economics (incl. Quantity Surveying)
319999 Other Architecture, Urban Environment and Building


Recycling guide for Victorian builders
Chief Researcher: Graham P
Sponsors: Master Builders Association of Victoria; EcoRecycle Victoria
Duration: -1998.
Descriptor: CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION MATERIALS--RECYCLING FACILITIES
Research Fields Classification: 310203 Building Construction Economics (incl. Quantity Surveying)
319999 Other Architecture, Urban Environment and Building


The Resource Efficient Builder Program
Chief Researcher: Graham P
Sponsors: Master Builders Association of Victoria; EcoRecycle Victoria
Duration: -1999.
Descriptor: WASTE MINIMISATION
Research Fields Classification: 310202 Building Construction Management
319999 Other Architecture, Urban Environment and Building
310106 Interior and Environmental Design


ADI redevelopment site waste minimisation and recycling program
Chief Researcher: Graham P
Sponsors: Master Builders Association of Victoria; EcoRecycle Victoria; Burbank Homes; Boral Bricks; Pioneer Building Products
Duration: -February 2000.
Descriptors: SOURCE SEPARATION PROCEDURE--DESIGN; --IMPLEMENTATION; --MONITORING
Research Fields Classification: 310202 Building Construction Management
319999 Other Architecture, Urban Environment and Building
310203 Building Construction Economics (incl. Quantity Surveying)


Building ecology
Chief Researcher: Graham P
Sponsor: CSIRO Publishing
Duration: -September 2000
Descriptor: SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION--TERTIARY LEVEL
Research Fields Classification: 310202 Building Construction Management
319999 Other Architecture, Urban Environment and Building
310203 Building Construction Economics (incl. Quantity Surveying)
310199 Architecture and Urban Environment nec

 

School of Architecture and Design
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Sustainable architecture and urban environments
Chief Researcher: Murphy C
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: GREEN DESIGN; --PROCESSES; IMAGING ARCHITECTURE
Research Field Classification: 310199 Architecture and Urban Environment nec


Memorial design
Chief Researcher: Ware S
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE; PUBLIC ART; ABORIGINAL ISSUES
Research Field Classification: 310199 Architecture and Urban Environment nec


Acoustic design
Chief Researcher: McLachlan Dr N
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: ACOUSTICS--ARCHITECTURAL; --MUSICAL; VIRTUAL REALITY; SCULPTURE
Research Field Classification: 310106 Interior and Environmental Design


Digital tactility-texture as a representational mechanism in architectural design
Chief Researcher: Ednie-Brown P
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: REPRESENTATION; DIAGRAMS; DIGITAL; TEXTURE
Research Field Classification: 310199 Architecture and Urban Environment nec

 


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