Staff Profile


Career Summary


Kim Maund is a Lecturer in Construction Management at the University of Newcastle, Australia and was appointed to the position during 2012. Prior to entering academia, Kim attained more than 15 years experience working within the development and construction sector, across various levels of government and the private sector. Within this period she held positions associated with the professions of Building Surveying and Certification, Programme Management and Strategic Planning. Within the private sector she worked with one of the most prominent Building Certification firms in Australia, holding Accreditation in both Building Surveying and Subdivision across NSW and Qld. The project focus of the Company was steered towards large scale, complex commercial, industry and infrastructure projects including rail networks, mine developments, hospitals, industrial operations, aged care facilities, schools and multi-storey commercial developments. Under the Commonwealth $42 billion ‘Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan’, Kim was seconded to the position of Programme Manager with Housing NSW to work on social housing projects primarily within the Hunter Region. The project parameters were extreme: $7 million NSW allocated budget (education, social housing and infrastructure) with works completed within 2 years. Kim continues to maintain strong industry links and holds National (Unrestricted) Accreditation as a Building Surveyor and Membership with the Australian Institute of Building Surveying. She is the former Vice President of the Australian Institute of Building Surveying: Hunter Region Branch. Kim is also a Member of the Society for Fire Safety, a Technical Society of Engineers Australia. In addition, Kim is on the Accreditation and Disciplinary Committees for the Building Professionals Board, the NSW State Government agency responsible for accreditation and disciplinary matters for Certifiers. Her industry links have led to the development of industry partnerships and collaborative programmes. For example, Kim developed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tasmanian Polytechnic enabling their Advanced Diploma students to articulate into the University of Newcastle Bachelor of Construction Management degree. She also established a State government work experience programme for construction management students. Whereby, successful applicants work within an Assets Management Division looking at a range of construction management areas from contracts, maintenance, new build and project planning.


  • Master of Building Surveying, University of Western Sydney, 23/04/2007
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Tasmania, 18/12/2001
  • Master of Applied Science (Environmental Health), University of Western Sydney, 11/05/2000
  • Diploma of Project Management, University of New England, 07/04/2011
  • Graduate Certificate in Building & Planning, University of South Australia, 06/09/2005
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of New England, 04/04/2003


Research keywords

  • Building Regulations and Certification
  • Construction Environmental Management
  • Professional Accreditation Systems

Research expertise

Construction Environmental Management

With the introduction of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principles, effective on-site environmental management operations should be a realisation. However, the reality is that construction operations continue to have negative environmental impacts. Within New South Wales, the government pledge to ESD has created a complex legislative system and its ability to achieve objectives associated with environmental protection remains in question. Application of regulations in different contexts results in inconsistent levels of environmental protection. Inconsistency may occur at the confluence of interpretation and implementation of regulations, in conjunction with monitoring and enforcement. There remains ambiguity, informality, and interconnectedness inherent in interactions considered highly complex and unique to each construction project. This research investigates on-site construction activities and environmental management against the effectiveness of regulation, enforcement and information flow.

Professional Accreditation

The Building Professionals Board (BPB) is the statutory body responsible for accrediting certification professionals. The BPB is partnering with the University of Newcastle to ameliorate the current skills shortage through development of an evaluation instrument regarding: certifiers seeking to upgrade to a higher level of accreditation but who do not have a recognised qualification and/or are unable to obtain the practical experience relevant to progression; and associated professionals who, although not accredited, wish to become a certifier but lack the recognised qualifications and/or experience. The proposed evaluation instrument will incorporate a mix of current technologies and approaches to address the current and likely future demographics of certifiers, and their preparedness to engage with and access novel IT technologies.


  • English

Fields of Research



Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
  • Member - Society for Fire Safety - Engineers Australia


National Accreditation (Unrestricted) Building Surveying
Australian institute of Building Surveying (Australia)
Building Professionals Board: Accreditation Committee Member
NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure: Building Professionals Board (Australia)
Building Professionals Board: Disciplinary Committee Member
NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure: Building Professionals Board (Australia)


Best Conference Paper Award

2013The Australian University Building Educators Association Top Paper Award: 2013 AUBEA Conference
The Australian University Building Educators Association and The Australian Institute of Building (New Zealand)
Paper Title: Understanding the Building Certification System: A need for Accreditation Reform.


Administrative expertise

University of Newcastle: Construction Management Discipline Marketing Committee Founding Member

University of Newcastle: Industry Scholarships Board. Acting member for applicant selection panel.


Teaching keywords

  • Active and Passive Fire Safety Systems
  • Building Regulations and Compliance
  • Fire Dynamics, Materials and Combustion
  • Fire Engineering and Alternative Solutions
  • Fire Resistance, Stability and Structural Separation

Teaching expertise

Course Co-ordinator: ARBE1304 Building Codes and Compliance

The National Construction Code: Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards; Fire resistance and stability, structural separation and compartmentation; Access and egress including escape mechanisms and exit construction; Fire fighting equipment, smoke hazard management, emergency lighting and warning systems; Building fabric, glazing and sealing, ventilation systems, lighting and power.

Course Co-ordinator: ARBE3306 Fire Safety and Compliance

International Fire Engineering Guidelines: regulatory processes, alternative solutions, Fire Engineering Brief/Report; Fire Dynamics: Convection, conduction, radiation; Materials and fire; Fire Initiation and Development: ignition, pre-flashover, flashover, decay; Combustion effects: heat, smoke, obscuration, toxicity, irritation; Occupant behaviour, evacuation and control including Available Safe Evacuation Time (ASET) and Required Safe Evacuation Time (RSET); Fire suppression systems: sprinkler systems, water mist systems, foam systems, dry powder systems; Fire detection and warning: fixed temperature heat detectors and rate-of-rise heat detectors, ionization smoke detectors and photo-electric smoke detectors; Smoke and heat management: smoke venting and exhaust systems.

Responsible for design and development of course curriculum. Specialises in teaching multi-mode: distance and on-campus studies. Application of multiple teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, video presentations and reflective practice.



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Journal article (1 outputs)

2014Maund K, Sher W, Smolders J, 'Understanding the Building Certification System: A Need for System Reform', Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building - Conference Series, 02 64-71 (2014) [C1]

Co-authors: WILLY SHER

Conference (7 outputs)

2014Bille R, Maund K, Brewer G, Smith S, 'Extending Building Information Models into Game Engines', IE2014 Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Interactive Entertainment, Newcaslte, Australia (2014) [E1]
2014Maund K, Gajendran T, Brewer G, 'Examining the barriers to successful onsite construction environmental management operations', Proceedings 30th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2014 (2014) [E1]
2013Maund K, Sher WD, Smolders J, Naughton R, 'Understanding the building certification system: A need for accreditation reform', Proceedings 38th AUBEA International Conference, The University of Auckland (2013) [E1]

Co-authors: WILLY SHER

2013Maund K, Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'The influence of legislation upon on-site construction environmental management operations: A qualitative analysis', Proceedings 38th AUBEA International Conference, University of Auckland (2013) [E1]
2012Maund KA, Brewer GJ, 'Influences of government regulation on environmental outcomes of on-site construction operations: Developing the conceptual framework', Proceedings. Australasian Universities Building Educators Association. 37th AUBEA International Conference, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E1]


2012Maund KA, Brewer GJ, 'Understanding the influences that generate environmental outcomes of building projects: Developing the theoretical framework', RICS COBRA 2012. Proceedings of the Construction, Building and Real Estate Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (2012) [E1]


2009Maund KA, London K, 'Integrated supply chain construction ecosystem management', International Group for Lean Construction, Taiwan (2009) [E1]
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Report (1 outputs)

2014Bille R, Smith S, Maund K, Brewer G, 'Exploring building information modelling (BIM) to game engine conversion', University of Newcastle, Applied Informatics Research Group, 27 (2014) [R1]

Grants and Funding


Number of grants4
Total funding$287,000

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2014 (3 grants)

Developing a 4-dimensional interdisciplinary learning environment for construction industry professionals$250,000
Funding Body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Innovation and Development ProgramInvestigator
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Review of social impacts of a reduction of public housing numbers in Bolton Point estate$22,000
Funding Body: NSW Department of Housing

Project GrantInvestigator
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Housing affordability initiatives: reviewing impacts of intervention approaches$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentChief Investigator
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2013 (1 grants)

Development and evaluation of a computer based prototype to assess the capacity of a new accreditation system: pilot study$10,000
Funding Body: NSW Department of Planning

NSW Building Professionals BoardInvestigator
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.5

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20152019PhD (Building)Co-SupervisorAssessing the influence of urbanization and consumption patterns on responses to environmental policies in Australia

Mrs Kim Maund

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School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaConstruction Management (Building)
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University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308