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Centre for Comparative Construction Research

About the Centre

The Centre for Comparative Construction Research (CCCR) is focused on creating new insight into the performance of the built environment, through an interdisciplinary evidence-based process of:

  • translating sustainable design into superior urban infrastructure,
  • transforming intelligent assembly into safer and more productive construction practices, and
  • transcending benefits realisation into successful financial, social, ethical and environmental outcomes.

Our vision is to be a respected and independent source of research concerning the contribution that the built environment makes to our collective prosperity. Our impact can be assessed in terms of collaborative industry links and funding support. Bond University is, unsurprisingly, a signatory to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG1-17).

The strength of CCCR lies in its interdisciplinary collaboration combining, but not limited to, architecture, construction and urban planning expertise. Buildings and other urban infrastructure have become complicated and expensive assets that reflect a mix of financial, social, ethical¬†and environmental characteristics. Our research is cognisant of expected trends in future practice ‚Äď climate change, automation and globalisation.¬† ¬†The nexus of our research interests is achieving progressive built environment infrastructure.

Our team

  • Full-time continuing appointments, Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University:

    • Professor Craig Langston¬†(Director)
    • Professor Jim Smith (Retired)
    • Professor Michael Regan (Deceased)
    • Professor Adrian Carter
    • Professor Alan Patching
    • Professor Martin Skitmore
    • Associate Professor Rick Best (Retired)
    • Associate Professor Daniela Ottmann
    • Associate Professor Marja Sarvimaki
    • Associate Professor Jasper Mbachu
    • Associate Professor James Birt
    • Associate Professor Greg Skulski
    • Associate Professor Daniel O'Hare
    • Associate Professor Bhishna Bajracharya
    • Associate¬†Professor Dane Miller
    • Assistant Professor Alex Lang
    • Assistant Professor Vanessa Menadue
    • Assistant Professor Matthew Moorhead
    • Assistant Professor Amir Ghanbaripour
    • Assistant Professor Danielle Lester
    • Assistant Professor Nima Talebian
    • Dr Rosemary Rusch
    • Dr¬†Darmicka Sukanthan Rajenda
    • Honorary Adjunct Assistant Professor Ruidong Chang
    • Dr Ashkan Memari
    • Professor Steve Rowlinson
  • Well known in the area of comparative construction research:

  • The following people regularly collaborate with CCCR members:

    • Paul Thomas (AECOM, London)
    • Chris Carson¬†(Unitec, NZ)
    • G√∂ran Runeson¬†(University of Technology, Sydney)
    • Professor Ken Walsh¬†(San Diego State University)
    • Professor Heng Li¬†(Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
    • Professor Martin Loosemore¬†(University of NSW)
    • Professor Liyin Shen¬†(Chongqing University).
  • International

    • The¬†UN-Habitat University Partnership¬†(established in 2011) provides access to UN data and UN-sponsored conferences such as the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012
    • The International Research Alliance for Sustainable Development (established in 2013) with Chongqing University, University of Montreal, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, NICMAR, University of Florida, and UWS is undertaking research into sustainable practices in the built environment where Bond‚Äôs contribution relates to green building performance and the measurement of ‚Äėworkplace ecology‚Äô.

Full-time continuing appointments, Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University:

  • Professor Craig Langston¬†(Director)
  • Professor Jim Smith (Retired)
  • Professor Michael Regan (Deceased)
  • Professor Adrian Carter
  • Professor Alan Patching
  • Professor Martin Skitmore
  • Associate Professor Rick Best (Retired)
  • Associate Professor Daniela Ottmann
  • Associate Professor Marja Sarvimaki
  • Associate Professor Jasper Mbachu
  • Associate Professor James Birt
  • Associate Professor Greg Skulski
  • Associate Professor Daniel O'Hare
  • Associate Professor Bhishna Bajracharya
  • Associate¬†Professor Dane Miller
  • Assistant Professor Alex Lang
  • Assistant Professor Vanessa Menadue
  • Assistant Professor Matthew Moorhead
  • Assistant Professor Amir Ghanbaripour
  • Assistant Professor Danielle Lester
  • Assistant Professor Nima Talebian
  • Dr Rosemary Rusch
  • Dr¬†Darmicka Sukanthan Rajenda
  • Honorary Adjunct Assistant Professor Ruidong Chang
  • Dr Ashkan Memari
  • Professor Steve Rowlinson

Research incubators

  • TAED is a research incubator within CCCR dedicated to exploring the fusion between tectonic architecture and ecological design.¬†[Con]structural forms are prioritized as art and therefore take a prominent role in aesthetic design decisions. Equally important, ecological principles such as biomimicry must be integrated with tectonics to provide solutions that reflect a long life, loose fit, low energy mandate.¬†TAED‚Äôs mission is to develop new practice-based ideas that adequately mediate between the anthropo-sphere and eco-sphere, and thereby inform socio-cultural objectives such as human well-being through excellence in architecture and urbanism.

    Contact: Associate Professor Daniela Ottman
     

  • PMI-LAB is a research incubator within CCCR dedicated to exploring innovation within project management. A particular focus is measuring and benchmarking project success across a wide variety of project types and life cycle phases, for which several research awards have already been won (i3d3 project). Linked to this is the measurement of maturity levels in project management organizations (MMM project), which is expected to be highly correlated with successful outcomes.¬†PMI-LAB is also undertaking research and development into the use of chat-bots and other forms of artificial intelligence (PM-BOT project) to augment educational objectives for project and program management at Bond University.

    Contact: Professor Craig Langston

  • OPiC is a research incubator within CCCR dedicated to exploring construction productivity in the context of BIM, LEAN and IPD (Integrated Project Delivery). Therefore, OPiC researchers are interested in issues concerning tools, processes and people to improve productivity on construction sites. OPiC‚Äôs mission is to research intelligent construction solutions, including a special interest in virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies, that can be potential 'game-changers' for construction industry performance. This incubator supports our new Master of Integrated Project Delivery degree launching in 2019.

    Contact: Associate Professor Jasper Mbachu

TAED is a research incubator within CCCR dedicated to exploring the fusion between tectonic architecture and ecological design. [Con]structural forms are prioritized as art and therefore take a prominent role in aesthetic design decisions. Equally important, ecological principles such as biomimicry must be integrated with tectonics to provide solutions that reflect a long life, loose fit, low energy mandate. TAED’s mission is to develop new practice-based ideas that adequately mediate between the anthropo-sphere and eco-sphere, and thereby inform socio-cultural objectives such as human well-being through excellence in architecture and urbanism.

Contact: Associate Professor Daniela Ottman
 

Current projects