The Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) is the successor to the CRC for Construction Innovation. Established on
1 January 2010, the SBEnrc is a key research broker between industry, government and research organisations servicing the built environment industry. The three research streams focus on environmental, social and economic sustainability, areas identified by national industry stakeholders as the key areas that will drive productivity and industry development in the built environment industry.
Vision and objectives
The vision for the SBEnrc is
to be an enduring world-class research and knowledge broker in sustainable infrastructure and building design, construction and management to enhance the performance of Australia’s built environment industry.
The SBEnrc’s objectives are to
- implement a unique collaborative and strategic approach to built environment research in Australia, capitalising on members’ regional and national advantage and leveraging regional learnings and benefits nationally
- collaborate across organisational, state and national boundaries to develop a strong network of built environment research stakeholders (industry professionals, clients, regulators and researchers) building on the relationships and history of achievement recorded throughout the CRC for Construction Innovation (2001-2009)
- establish members as international leaders in sustainable built environment research and practice and lead the international research agenda; build collaborative industry research teams and apply cross-disciplinary approaches in areas of digital modelling, sustainability, safety, and procurement fields, providing opportunities for new value-adding collaborations between industry and researchers
- attract new research students to study at member universities and provide research training and linkage opportunities for members.
Board and Committees
The SBEnrc is directed by a Governing Board with one sub committee, the Research and Utilisation Committee.
The SBEnrc Governing Board meets quarterly and determines Centre policy, strategic direction, budget allocation and monitoring of accountability on all matters relating to the Objective and the Activities of the Centre. The Board is chaired by John V. McCarthy AO.
Research and Utilisation Committee
The Research and Utilisation Committe meets quarterly and its primary objectives are to assist the Board in discharging its responsibilities relating to:
- Determining the SBEnrc’s research, utilisation and intellectual property arrangements;
- Reviewing the Centre’s research and utilisation projects; and
- Assisting the CEO in developing research and utilisation projects
- Ensure that appropriate procedures exist to monitor and assess the performance of research and utilisation projects.
- Examine any other matters referred to it by the Board.
The Research and Utilisation Committee is chaired by Will Hackney, Aurecon.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports to the Governing Board and has overall responsibility for the Centre’s strategic direction and its research and outreach programs.
Keith Hampson – CEO
John V. McCarthy AO – Chairman
Don was appointed to the role of Assistant Director-General, Building Industry and Policy, Department of Housing and Public Works in July 2013.
With professional qualifications in architecture and project management, Don joined the department in 1995 after 20 years in the private sector as an Architect delivering many of Queensland’s capital works projects. Don has held a number of positions in the department’s former commercialised business unit, Project Services, including Regional Architect, Client Manager, Portfolio Director and General Manager.
As the Assistant Director General of BIP, Don is responsible for the delivery of policy development and legislative reform related to the building industry and maintaining open and professional stakeholder engagement with the design and building construction sector on behalf of the department.
Chris Moran is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research at Curtin University.
Professor Chris Moran joined Curtin University on 1 August 2016 as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research. From 2007 to 2016 Professor Moran was Professor and Director, Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at The University of Queensland (UQ). The Institute comprises seven discipline-based research centres and is one of the largest entities of its kind in the world.
Previously, Professor Moran was Founding Director, Centre for Coal Seam Gas (UQ) and Founding Director, Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry (UQ). Across a 16 year career with CSIRO, he held a range of leadership roles, including heading the team that developed the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship Program.
Professor Moran has been a Board Member of five Cooperative Research Centres. In the International domain, he was Director of the International Mining for Development Centre and established an International Centre of Excellence for the mining industry in Chile.
He holds a bachelor of Agricultural Sciences (with Honours) and a PhD from the University of Sydney and has a strong international and national reputation for his research and expertise in soil science (digital image processing), natural resources (spatial modelling and statistics) and water management. Professor Moran has published widely in scientific literature and the broader media.
Anne Skewes is Deputy Secretary, Land and Housing Corporation, NSW Department of Family and Community Services.
M.Eng.Sc. (Structural Eng.), UNSW, Sydney, 1992
B.Sc. (Civil Eng.), Tehran University, Tehran, 1988
Kourosh Kayvani is the Global Director of Excellence & Expertise at Aurecon. With a career spanning over 25 years, Kourosh has played key roles in the design and delivery of many innovative, complex and award winning projects across the globe. His project portfolio includes Wembley Stadium in London, Sydney Olympics Hockey Stadium in Sydney, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, and Liberty Place and 5 Martin Place in Sydney, to name a just few.
Kourosh is an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney, a Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW and a Director of Australian Steel Institute. He is the founding Head of Aurecon Design Academy.
Kourosh is the Laureate of the IABSE Prize awarded by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering for his contribution to design of long span structures world-wide. He was also named one of the Top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia in 2009 and won the 2016 John Connell Gold Medal Award from Engineers Australia – Structural College Awards.
Paul Burton is Professor of Urban Management and Planning and Director of the Cities Research Institute at Griffith University. His research interests include metropolitan scale planning and governance, the theory and practice of public participation and community engagement, and the everyday professional lives of planners. Paul is a founding member of Regional Development Australia Gold Coast and serves on the national education committee of the Planning Institute of Australia.
Research & Utilisation Committee
Will Hackney – Chair
With a Civil Engineering background and an MSc in IT Management in Construction, Will has developed a wealth of experience in managing and implementing a Digital Built approach (aka BIM), both strategically and technically, with much of his career to date with a UK Main Contractor. A member of BIM4Infrastructure, BIM4Clients and the BIM2050 Group in the UK, Will continues to influence industry best practice for life-cycle information modelling and management.
Will has recently joined Aurecon from Transport for London (TfL), the UK’s largest infrastructure operator/owner, having delivered a business transformation programme for Information Modelling & Management (IM&M) in line with the UK Governments BIM Level 2 Mandate for 2016.
Sherif Mohamed is a Professor at Griffith University. He holds a Master as well as Doctorate degrees from the University of Southampton, the U.K. He is actively engaged in scholarly research work and has considerable experience in the area of Construction, Project and Safety Management. Sherif is well-grounded in modern research tools in the fields of construction and project management, engineering economics, operational research, business and social science. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 refereed journal and conference publications since joining academia in 1996.
Louis Bettini is Principal Advisor Sustainability in the Strategy team at Main Roads Western Australia. Louis has an Environmental Business Management background and has experience in implementing sustainability both corporately and within major infrastructure projects. Louis is an Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional and is a corresponding member on World Roads Association technical working committee E.1. Adaption Strategies and resilience.
Paul Nicholls is the Director Research Partnerships, Office of Research and Development at Curtin University. This role supports the research community across all disciplines in engaging with industry/government in strategic projects that provide economic and community benefit for Western Australians. Paul sits on a number of diverse boards and committees including the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre (PSC), Curtin-Monash Accident Research Centre (CMARC), the Centre for Marine Science Technology (CMST) and the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education NCSEHE, and holds the responsibility for Curtin’s Research Partnerships.
Paul works closely with Curtin researchers and Curtin research Institutes and Centres whom generate the majority of Curtin’s research outputs. He is is also responsible for supporting the ICT and Emerging Technology research capabilities at Curtin that includes the Square Kilometre Array, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, the Curtin Institute for Computation and Innovation Central Perth; a partnership between Cisco, Curtin University, Woodside Energy and Data61 (CSIRO).
Paul has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Neuroanatomy and a Diploma Education (Science/Computing) and is a graduate of the AICD and Fellow of Leadership WA.
Paul skills lie in business development, strategic planning, education and marketing and he has a diverse network of industry, government and education contacts. Paul believes in equity, consistent decision making and in ensuring that Western Australia makes the most of the opportunities it has to diversify its economy and create a more sustainable future workforce.
Cassandra Winzar is Principal Economist at the Department of Communities (Government of Western Australia) and has experience as an economist across the private and public sectors. Cassandra undertakes research and analysis into economic conditions, with a particular focus on housing markets and housing affordability. Cassandra is the secretariat of Western Australia’s Housing Industry Forecasting Group.
Professor Emad Gad is the Dean of Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology. Prior to this role, he was the Chair of Department of Civil and Construction Engineering at Swinburne. He is a structural engineer with extensive experience in dynamics, residential construction and structural connections. His applied research has contributed to the development of several standards and codes of practice and won him several prestigious awards. He is Chair of the Board of the Australian Engineered Fasteners and Anchors Council (AEFAC), Co-Editor of the Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, appointment member of the Victorian Government Building Advisory Council (BAC), a Director on the Board of the Australian Steel Institute, Past Chair of the Victorian Structural Branch and Fellow of Engineers Australia..