About the Centre for Comparative Construction Research
Centre for Comparative Construction Research (CCCR) currently occupies a niche position by specialising in research on performance and productivity issues of the global construction industry, and other matters relating to comparative construction, such as:
- project management effectiveness
- building quality
- building refurbishment and retrofit
- bidding theory
- green building design
- environmental impact
- infrastructure procurement and finance.
Our designated field of research (FoR) remains 1202 Building and our activities are built on three pillars:
- producing high quality publications
- building collaborative partnerships
- attracting external funding
CCCR aims to provide a supportive training environment for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and an advisory service to local industry.
Core objectives comprise:
- Publish research outcomes in well-respected international journals.
- Partner with colleagues from academia and industry to work on larger problems and to share expertise.
- Apply for external grants through the Australian Research Council.
- Establish a critical mass of HDR students and research assistants supported, where possible, by external funds.
- Undertake consultancy services through Research Services.
- Host events to promote the work of the Centre.
Our objectives for the next three years are to build our reputation and influence, expand our international reach, and improve our performance metrics to the level of a University Research Centre.
Internal members (Full-time continuing appointments, Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University):
- Professor Craig Langston (Director)
- Professor Jim Smith
- Professor Michael Regan
- Associate Professor Rick Best
- Assistant Professor Dane Miller
- Associate Professor Jasper Mbachu
- Assistant Professor Ruidong Chang
External members (well known in the area of comparative construction research):
- Professor Jim Meikle (University College London, and Adjunct Professor Bond University)
- Dr Stephen Gruneberg (University of Westminster)
- Associate Professor Malcolm Abbott (Swinburne University)
- Gerard de Valence (University of Technology, Sydney)
- Professor Edwin Chang (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
- Gary Emmett (Turner and Townsend)
- Professor Kuldeep Kumar (Bond Business School) - Advisor on matters of statistics and analysis.
Existing collaborators include:
- Paul Thomas (AECOM, London)
- Chris Carson (Unitec, NZ)
- Göran 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).
- 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’s contribution relates to green building performance and the measurement of ‘workplace ecology’.
International book project
This book series includes chapters from a number of CCCR members and external collaborators from around the world. It includes most of the recent work of the Centre from 2014-2017.
Volume 1 - Best, R. and Meikle, J. eds. (2015) Measuring construction: prices, output and productivity, Routledge.
Volume 2 - Best, R. and Meikle, J. eds. (2018) Accounting for construction: productivity, cost and performance, Routledge (in press).
Turner and Townsend’s International Construction Cost Survey 2017
The Centre contributed to Turner and Townsend’s International Construction Cost Survey, in 2013 - 2017 through the provision of the PPP methodology used to present comparative cost data for 23 countries.
Find out more about the underpinning working paper that led to this collaboration.
Bond University’s Centre for Comparative Construction Research (CCCR) was declared the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) Queensland State Winner of the inaugural Project Management Achievement Award for Research in 2016. Professor Craig Langston, Director of CCCR, attended the award presentation evening on August 13 at the Brisbane Town Hall on behalf of the University.
Each state and territory held their individual award presentations prior to the joint AIPM National Conference and International Project Management Association (IPMA) Regional Conference at the Hilton hotel in Sydney (October 16-19). CCCR is now extremely pleased to announce that it is both the 2016 inaugural National Winner of the Project Management Achievement Award for Research and the 2016 Asia-Pacific Regional Winner for Research. CCCR was also a finalist in the 2017 IPMA Research Award.
The awards relate to research on measuring project deliver success (PDS). Measuring PDS is critical for evaluating project management performance and supporting continuous improvement. It represents an agenda within CCCR to develop and apply generic key performance indicators to compare planned and actual project outcomes in terms of value, efficiency, speed, innovation, complication and impact.
A PDS score can be derived from the 3D Integration Model built around PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas (plus a new area for Project Environmental Management). It is used to assess and rank a diverse range of projects within and/or across organisations as well as summarise their contribution to wider economic, social and environmental objectives.
Further work is underway to utilise the model’s six key performance indicators for the purpose of measuring organisational maturity. It is widely understood that organisations are more likely to deliver successful projects if they have systems in place that reflect a mature project environment based on a culture of continuous improvement.
Recent competitive external funding (core team only)
2014 - 2017 – Chan, E., Langston, C. A framework for the analysis of embodied carbon and construction cost of heritage conservation projects, Hong Kong RGC Project HK$690,000.
2009 - 2012 – Langston, C., Smith, J., Herath, G., Datta, S., Doloi, H., Crawford, R.H., Making better decisions about built assets: learning by doing, ARC Linkage Project $180,000 (plus $135,000 industry cash) LP0990261 (Industry partners: Williams Boag Architects and Assetic Australia).
2012 - 2014 – Love, P., Ekambaram, P., Smith, J., Davis, P, Infrastructure project delivery: a life cycle evaluation model for public private partnerships, ARC Linkage Project $90,000 (plus $75,000 industry cash) LP120100347 (Industry partners: John Holland Pty Ltd and WA Department of Treasury and Finance).
2014 - 2016 – Love, P., Ackermann, F., Smith, J., Ekambaram, P, Error mitigation in infrastructure projects, ARC Discovery Project $375,000 DP140100718.
2012 – Best, R., Langston, C., de Valence, G., Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union of Victoria $22,500.