Lean thinking for structural engineers
The lean application in construction sector has received significant attention. Building up on previous recommendations regarding lean design and construction, this study explored lean thinking for Structural Engineers (SE) to identify new, efficient and innovative ways for executing structural designs and engineering works.
BIM application in the operation and maintenance management of a sports infrastructure
The Operation and Maintenance (O&M) stage is the most expensive phase during the life cycle of a building. Therefore, it is necessary to study the interaction between Lean principles and Building Information Modeling(BIM) Functionalities in the building during O&M phase to optimize resources.
Optimized installation flow: A strategy for substantial cycle time reduction
Industrial system infrastructure installations, such as those in semiconductor fabrication plants, are complex, short-term and mission-critical. Our strategy, called Optimized Installation Flow (OIF), builds on lean and associated theories in the realm of production planning and control, synthesizing a method with seven principles, and can...
BIM, augmented and virtual reality empowering lean construction management: a project simulation game
Concepts and technologies from Industry 4.0 are mainly transforming the manufacturing industry and only few applications have been implemented to construction and its connected supply chains. This paper shows how new technologies like Building Information Modeling connected with Virtual and Augmented Reality could empower Lean...
How close is the built environment to achieving circularity?
This paper will extrapolate the EMF's ReSOLVE frameworks through the context of three examples in vastly different formats.
Transpacific airline fuel efficiency ranking, 2016
This report compares the fuel efficiency of 20 airlines operating nonstop flights between the mainland United States and East Asia and Oceania. It extends the previous transatlantic fuel efficiency methodology to the transpacific market. Highlights
Energy efficiency and productivity strategy
This Victorian government strategy outlines actions in three areas: energy efficiency and productivity in business, housing and a transition to high efficiency buildings.
Energy efficiency 2017
This report found that the world continued to generate more value from its energy use in 2016, but argues that the current level of efficiency gains will erode quickly if the pace of policy delivery does not accelerate.
Industry 4.0 testlabs in Australia
This report provides a detailed overview of the relevant resources, findings and recommendations resulting from the work of the Industry 4.0 Testlabs Working Group of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce during 2016–2017.
Enhancing energy efficiency in China: assessment of sectoral potentials
This book uses energy and economic models to assess the potential for further energy-efficient improvements in the transport, building, industry and power sectors of China. The report starts with a modelling assessment of the role of energy efficiency in supporting China to achieve its Intended...
All change: why Britain is so prone to policy reinvention, and what can be done about it
This report examines three policy areas which have experienced near-constant upheaval: further education, regional governance and industrial policy.
Energy costs and export competitiveness: evidence from Australian industries
Energy costs’ impact on industrial competitiveness is not well known in Australia. This paper investigates this question empirically by undertaking a two-part analysis.
Intangible investment and firm performance
We combine survey and administrative data for about 13,000 firms from 2005 to 2013 to study the inter-relationships among firm characteristics, intangible investment and firm performance. We find that firm size is associated with higher intangible investment, while firm age, very low competition (‘captive market’)...
Theorizing construction industry practice within a disaster risk reduction setting: is it a panacea or an illusion?
With the recent increases in natural hazard events worldwide, and the likelihood that this will worsen still further with anticipated climate changes, the construction industry is increasingly contributing to building resilience within disaster-affected communities. Existing industry expertise, its educational approaches and the related theoretical frameworks...
The impact of logistics activity on cities
This paper reviews research and practical examples of the logistics function and how this has become a very spatially extensive activity in many metropolitan areas.
Creative clusters and innovation: putting creativity on the map
It has long been recognised that industrial clustering benefits businesses by giving them access to skilled staff and shared services, and the opportunity to capture valuable knowledge spillovers. This is equally true of creative businesses, as exemplified by Hollywood, or closer to home by a...
Defining a national energy efficiency strategy - stage 1 report
Australia's energy productivity lags behind other developed countries across many sectors of the economy and that there are significant opportunities to save energy and cut costs with a comprehensive energy efficiency strategy, according to this report. The report shows that in many sectors of the...
The private cost effectiveness of improving energy efficiency
The pursuit of energy efficiency would also seem to be in the interests of any rational producer or consumer, firm or household. Yet the issue at the heart of this inquiry is why producers and consumers do not always seek greater energy efficiency, even when...
Improving energy efficiency can have sound environmental benefits, according to this draft report released by the Productivity Commission. The potential for energy efficiency measures to save money for producers and consumers appears to be more modest. Released 21 April 2005
The development of a neo-industrial organisation methodology for describing & comparing construction supply chains
A review of the trends in the supply chain literature indicate there is a need to develop a model to describe the industrial organisation of the construction industry through supply chain structure. This paper begins to develop a language for describing the structure and behaviour...