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c4SMC Colloquium - January 2024

c4SMC Colloquium - January 2024

The Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) hosted an academic Colloquium at Western Sydney University, Kingswood Campus, showcasing international collaboration in cutting-edge research. Dr. Alan Jeary, Partner and Chief Technology Officer in STRAAM group in USA was a key resource person and guest speaker. His presentation was themed "Structural Risk Assessment and Management - Measure the Performance to Determine the Stability and Understand the Risk In-situ load testing - the legal Requirements and Practicalities". Led by Professor Srinath Perera, Director of c4SMC, the event aimed to foster global knowledge sharing. Professor Swapan Saha, Deputy Director of Engagement, Events, and Media at c4SMC, extended the welcome, while Professor Srinath Perera introduced the centre. Doctoral candidate of the centre Mathusha Francis presented her research themed "Developing a Dispute Prediction Digital System using Machine Learning" to illustrate the technology oriented research conducted at the centre. Associate Professor Mary Hardie, Deputy Director Education delivered the closing remarks. The event, organised by Dr. Samudaya Nanayakkara and centre HDR researchers, emphasised the potential for future collaborations.


c4SMC Colloquium - November 2023

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The Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) hosted an academic Colloquium at Western Sydney University, Kingswood Campus, showcasing international collaboration in cutting-edge research. Dr. Kim Haugbølle, an international visiting research fellow and Head of the Research Group for Construction Management and Innovation at Aalborg University, Denmark, was a key resource person. Notably, Dr. Haugbølle serves as a CIB Board Member and Chair of the Programme Committee. The event, introduced by Professor Srinath Perera, c4SMC Director, aimed to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration. Doctoral candidates De-Graft Joe Opoku and Iresha Gamage presented their research work, while Prasad Perera was the master of ceremonies. The event, organised by Dr. Samudaya Nanayakkara and centre HDR researchers, emphasised the potential for future collaborations.


HDR Seminar - School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment  - July 2023

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The Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) organised the HDR Seminar of the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment (SoEDBE) at the Kingswood and Paramatta Campuses on July 28, 2023. The event was graced with international visiting fellows, Dr Saeed Talebi from Birmingham City University, UK and Dr Mani Poshdar from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Professor Srinath Perera, Director of c4SMC, introduced the centre vision, industry collaborations and research activities. Recently completed two centre PhD researchers, Dr Amer Hijazi (Researcher at Monash University) and Dr Samudaya Nanayakkara (Academic member of Western Sydney University) shared their experiences and value gained from c4SMC for successfully completing their PhDs. The focal point of the event was the panel discussion addressing the integration of smart and modern technologies to promote sustainability in the construction industry. Dr Saeed Talebi, Dr Mani Poshdar, A/Prof. Mary Hardie, A/Prof. Yingbin Feng and A/Prof. Xiaohua Jin shared their thoughts and experiences as panellists while centre director Professor Srinath Perera moderated the panel discussion ensuring a rich exchange of thoughts and experiences among the audience. Three doctoral candidates from the c4SMC, Augustine Senanu Kukah, Shashini Jayakodi and Mohammed Hummadi, showcased their research on carbon trading, the circular economy and the maturity model in selecting consultants in the built environment, followed by a Q&A session. Centre doctoral candidate Namal Anuradha served as the MC and the overall event was facilitated by Felicity Koulouris, HDR Coordinator - SoEDBE.


c4SMC Colloquium - July 2023

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Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) hosted an academic Colloquium showcasing international collaboration in cutting-edge research at Western Sydney University, Kingswood Campus on July 25, 2023. The event was to foster knowledge exchange and collaboration with Dr. Saeed Talebi, an international visiting research fellow from Birmingham City University, UK. Academics from the School of Engineering and Built Environment at Western Sydney University were among the attendees, reflecting the significance of the event within the academic community. The event commenced with an eloquent address by Professor Srinath Perera, the Director of c4SMC. In his opening remarks, Professor Perera offered a comprehensive synopsis, accomplishments, and ongoing activities. He emphasised on the commitment of c4SMC becoming an industry-focused research hub with a strong vision. The agenda featured presentations from two doctoral candidates from the centre - Thilini Weerasuriya and Prasad Perera - who showcased their research work on Blockchain and Deep Learning in Built Environment. Dr. Saeed Talebi, the visiting fellow, attentively reviewed their presentations and acclaimed their efforts, providing valuable feedback for further enhancements. The event's smooth proceedings were ensured by another doctoral candidate, Mathusha Francis, taking up the role as the MC. The event was organised by Dr Samudaya Nanayakkara and centre HDR researchers under the guidance of Professor Srinath Perera.


Community of Practice of Construction Assurance Professions

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The Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) has brought together the below listed six Professional Institutions involved in Construction Certification under the guidance of the Office of NSW Building Commissioner (OBC), to form a Community of Practice of Construction Assurance Professions. The first Roundtable which was to establish current landscape of Quantity Surveying and Project Management services in NSW was held on 11 June 2020 and outcomes were summarised into a report.

  • Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)
  • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)
  • Association of Accredited Certifiers (AAC)
  • Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS)
  • Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA)

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Capturing the Best Practices in Disaster Resilience adopted by Australian Construction Companies

The c4SMC received AU$6,500 as grant funding from School of Built Environment Strategic Research Funds 2020 (Seed Projects) to conduct an industry relevant research project titled ‘Capturing the Best Practices in Disaster Resilience adopted by Australian Construction Companies’.

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Developing a classification of digital capabilities of designers and builders in NSW

Developing a classification of digital capabilities of designers and builders in NSW

The c4SMC received AU$5000 as grant funding from the School of Built Environment Strategic Research Funds 2020 (Innovation Immersion Fund) to conduct an industry-relevant research project titled 'Developing a classification of digital capabilities of designers and builders in NSW'. This research is led by chief investigators Professor Srinath Perera and Associate Professor Xiao-Hua Jin and supported by researchers Kasun Gunasekara and Marini Samaratunga.

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Blockchain and smart contract based land and property management system for the built environment

Blockchain and smart contract based land and property management system for the built environment

The c4SMC received AU$5000 as grant funding from the School of Built Environment Strategic Research Funds 2020 (Innovation Immersion Fund) to conduct an industry relevant research project titled ‘Blockchain and smart contract based land and property management system for the built environment’. The chief investigator of the project is Professor Srinath Perera, and a group of researchers from the Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) including Samudaya Nanayakkara, Thilini Weerasuriya and Amer Hijazi is working on the project as researchers to develop the blockchain system.

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Developing an assessment tool for evaluating the mentally healthy levels of project organizations in Australia

The c4SMC received AU$5000 as grant funding from School of Built Environment Strategic Research Funds 2020 (Innovation Immersion Fund) to conduct an industry relevant research project titled ‘Developing an assessment tool for evaluating the mentally healthy levels of project organizations in Australia’.

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Construct NSW - Survey on Digitalisation of Construction

Survey on Digitalisation of Construction

The c4SMC was awarded a research project by the Office of Building Commissioner NSW titled ‘Survey on Digitalisation of Construction’ on 15th June 2020. This contract research valued at AUD$78,800 (excl. GST) is led by chief investigators Professor Srinath Perera and Associate Professor Xiao-Hua Jin and supported by researchers Kasun Gunasekara and Marini Samarathunga. 

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Development of Blockchain Test Rig at c4SMC

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Doctoral researchers, Navodana Rodrigo, Samudaya Nanayakkara, Amer Hijazi and Thilini Weerasuriya are involved in developing a blockchain test rig on the permissioned blockchain platform, Hyperledger Fabric. The researchers will be demonstrating their enterprise blockchain solution at the upcoming c4SMC roundtable event.

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8th World Construction Symposium in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Centre researchers; Navodana Rodrigo, Samudaya Nanayakkara, Buddhini Ginigaddara, and Shiyamini Rathnasabhapathy along with Centre academics presented their research papers at the 8th World Construction Symposium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The papers cover a wide array of research focus; carbon emissions, waste management, blockchain and offsite construction. Western Sydney University is an Associate Partner of the conference and allows researchers to showcase their findings in front of an international audience.

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c4SMC Research Day

Meriton International Fellow Associate Professor Helena Lidelöw joined the Centre this September. The Centre Research Day was organised on 11th September 2019 at the Kingswood Campus as a part of series of events organised coinciding with her visit,. The event showcased current research progress to the participants and created a conversation on Modern Construction, Blockchain and Research Methodology. It was an exciting yet knowledge intensive session for the Centre researchers and the academic staff who took part in presenting the research projects as well as the valuable panel discussions.

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International Workshop on Use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects

An industry workshop was organised by the Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) on 16, November 2018 at Parramatta City Campus, Western Sydney University. The workshop titled “Use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects” was organised as part of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Research Trust funded research project. It aimed at understanding the practice of BIM in Australia, UK, and China with respect to estimating in PPP projects. The purpose of the workshop was to bring academic and industry experts together to discuss and share ideas on how BIM can be effectively used in PPP projects and to disseminate the findings of the research project. International industry practitioners from China, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, UK and Australia participated in the workshop while providing a platform for networking with the people who have real time exposure to the use of BIM in PPP projects. The workshop attracted over 80 delegates and concluded successfully with deliberations on future research collaborations. Among the activities of the day included a demonstration of the use of BIM and a panel discussion on drivers and barriers for use of BIM in different countries.

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Blockchain with EOS

A workshop titled “Blockchain with EOS” was organised by the School of Computing Engineering & Mathematics in association with the Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) on 16th January 2019 at its Construction Informatics laboratory in Kingswood (Penrith) Campus. The purpose of the workshop was to support the PhD students who are applying blockchain technology to their research projects and to those who are interested to know more about blockchain technology with EOS and to train them to be more conversant with the application of Blockchain in their research areas. Ralf Weinand, CTO from GENEREOS which is a block producer candidate, focused on building infrastructure and software for the EOS network, directed this detailed workshop. The workshop was preceded by a preparatory session conducted by Samudaya who is a PhD student of c4SMC on 11th of January at Kingswood Campus.

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Blockchain for Construction Supply Chains: A Literature Synthesis

A research paper, titled “Blockchain for Construction Supply Chains: A Literature Synthesis” published by Navodana Rodrigo, Srinath Perera, Sepani Senaratne and Xiaohua Jin has been accepted for presentation and publication at the forthcoming ICEC PAQS Conference 2018 (opens in a new window) held in Sydney, Australia in November, 2018. The ICEC PAQS Conference is a world renowned peer-reviewed annual conference where a majority of local and international construction managers and quantity surveyors participate to demonstrate their research work.