Mr Grahame Douglas

Mr Grahame Douglas

Aca - Bushfire Protection & Building Surveying,
Construction Management

Associate Lecturer - Construction Management,
Construction Management


Grahame began his interest is bushfire matters in the late 1980’s and was appointed to represent environmental interests on the then Bush Fire Council and in 1993 was appointed to the Bush Fire Coordinating Committee. In 1996, Grahame accepted a position as Environment Officer within the then Department of Bush Fire Services.

Grahame has worked with the NSW Rural Fire Service in the area of community safety for 15 years and was responsible for developing the legislative provisions and policy relating to bush fire risk management planning, development control for bushfire prone areas, environmental impact of hazard reduction activities and participated in a number of sub-committees working on the review of AS3959 Construction in Bushfire Prone Areas. He also authored the NSW document planning for Bushfire protection. He was appointed to the University of Western Sydney on a conjoint appointment for 5 years in the Graduate Diploma in Bush Fire Design program whilst retaining a role with the RFS. He is now employed under a casual contract whilst completing his PhD in bushfire related areas, having recently retired from the RFS.

This information has been contributed by Mr Douglas.


  • PhD Western Sydney University

Professional Memberships

  • Fire Protection Association of Australia (2017 - 2017)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Construction Management
  • Construction Management


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Location: ED.G.134

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  • Butrej, P. and Douglas, G. (1995), 'Hazards at Work: A Guide to Health and Safety in Australian Workplaces', : Open Training and Education Network 9780731010448.

Journal Articles

  • Douglas, G. and He, Y. (2019), 'Design bushfire selection for bushfire protection in adaptation to global warming', Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, vol 5 .
  • Kwok, K., He, Y. and Douglas, G. (2012), 'Bushfire-enhanced wind load on structures', Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, vol 165, no EM4 , pp 253 - 263.
  • Douglas, G., Midgley, S., Tan, Z. and Short, L. (2009), 'Bushfire building damage survey - a nsw perspective', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, vol 115 , pp 161 - 169.

Conference Papers

  • Saha, S., Cauchi, B. and Douglas, G. (2018), 'An investigation into crane and scaffold safety in construction industry', European and Mediterranean Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Saha, S., Hassan, M. and Douglas, G. (2017), 'Global mobility experience of outbound construction management students : the case of Western Sydney University', Australasian Universities Building Education Association. Conference, RMIT University.
  • Douglas, G., He, Y. and Kwok, K. (2017), 'Extreme value analysis of forest fire behavior parameters', International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards, Hefei, China.
  • Douglas, G. and He, Y. (2017), 'Moving forward on a verification method for bushfire protection under the national construction code', Fire Australia Conference and Tradeshow, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Douglas, G., He, Y., Xiang, Y. and Morris, E. (2015), 'The role of extreme value analysis to enhance defendable space for construction practice and planning in bushfire prone environments', Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Conference, Adelaide, S.A..
  • Douglas, G., He, Y., Xiang, Y. and Morris, C. (2014), 'Use of the extreme value analysis in determining annual probability of exceedance for bushfire protection design', International Symposium on Fire Safety Science, Christchurch, N.Z..
  • He, Y., Kwok, K., Mason, M. and Douglas, G. (2013), 'How should future building structure and emergency response cope with bushfire attacks?', Australasia Fire Authority Council. Conference, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Douglas, G. (2012), 'Using extreme value analysis to enhance defendable space for fire fighters and residents', International Wildland Fire Safety Summit, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • He, Y., Kwok, K., Douglas, G. and Razali, I. (2011), 'Numerical Investigation of Bushfire-Wind Interaction and its Impact on Building Structure', the 10th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science, Maryland, USA.
  • Douglas, G., He, Y. and Kwok, K. (2010), 'Wind Impacts on Fire Spread and Structural Failure in a Complex Terrain', 14th Australasian Wind Engineering Society (AWES) Workshop, Canberra, Australia.
  • Kwok, K., He, Y. and Douglas, G. (2010), 'Wind Impacts on Fire Spread and Structural Failure during Bushfire in Complex Terrain', 9th UK Conference on Wind Enginnering, Bristol, UK.

Grahame has completed his PhD in (bush) fire weather and implications of climate change on construction practice and land use planning in NSW, graduating in 2017. He has been able to pioneer the use of Extreme Value Assessment techniques to derive return period for fire weather and the development of 'design bushfires' for construction practice under AS 3959-2009.

He also has research interests in house loss investigatiuons and the role of fire generated wind loads in construction practice for bushfire prone areas.

This information has been contributed by Mr Douglas.

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