Mr Grahame Douglas

Mr Grahame Douglas

ACA - PG Bushfire Protection,
Computing & ICT

Associate Lecturer - Construction Management,
Computing & ICT


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.

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Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Computing & ICT
  • Computing & ICT


Phone: (02) 9685 4605
Location: ED.G.134

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Journal Articles

  • 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

  • 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 is currently undertaking his PhD in (bush) fire weather and implications of climate change in NSW. 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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