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Dr Kim Maund

Lecturer

School of Architecture and Built Environment (Construction Management (Building))

A virtual view of construction planning

As Head of Discipline and Lecturer in Construction Management, Kim brings a diverse background and passion for policy and planning to the role.

“I have always been interested in exploring the minute details of policy and the complex interactions associated with implementation,” Kim explains. “Policy was an integral part of my professions from strategic planning through to building certification. When working on my PhD, an opportunity arose at the university which has provided the mechanism for me to pursue my research within this area.”

Policy and planning

Evaluating the efficacy of policy introductions and amendments, Kim is seeking to effect real change and narrow the gap between what regulatory authorities propose and what eventuates to reduce fragmentation and ultimately affect positive change. In addition, she considers new and evolving policy directions as a way to solve many wicked problems facing society.

Kim believes policy extends “far beyond” the written word and therefore has no bounds as to the areas it impacts. The same could be said about her research on the subject.

“Regulatory policy is a mechanism employed by government authorities and we remain a policy-driven society, yet, even with the introduction of such controls there remains a disparity between policy intent and outcome,” the researcher explains. “My research aims to better understand such complexity.”

Afforded a myriad of opportunities to be involved with the “full spectrum” of policy areas throughout her professional career, Kim has since brought this expertise to academia to inform her research. From issue identification and formulation through to implementation and evaluation, the hard-working scholar is continuing to build upon a solid knowledge base.

Academically, her work has been published and presented at national and international forums with her winning multiple best paper awards. She supervises numerous PhD students on topics related to policy including flood mitigation and waste management. Kim has worked on multiple funded research projects including an Office of Teaching and Learning grant in collaboration with University of Queensland and University of South Australia involving 4-D learning environments to maximise student learning across multiple disciplines including the realm of building surveying.

Kim’s interest in policy has seen a recent shift towards its use within the domains of emergency management planning and protocols using virtual environments.

Proactive collaborations the key to success

Kim’s PhD research has informed her current work, which now has a more finely-honed focus that utilises her background in policy frameworks and building surveying: specifically fire safety. With a focus on resilience and emergency preparedness, Kim’s proactive approach to planning is the way of the future.

As a founding member of the Built Environment, Health and Aged-Care Group (BHA), Kim is currently collaborating with researchers in her Discipline and across UON from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Nursing and Midwifery to use virtual reality technology to inform emergency management policy and practice, particularly with regards to residential aged care facilities. The intent being to increase preparedness, improve response and resilience during disaster situations.

By 2020, it is estimated that the demand for residential aged care will increase by more than 50 per cent, and yet planning is still often based on outdated, standardised templates with minimal training. Furthermore, the nature of aged-care facility residents and disruption from an emergency evacuation means currently there is no way to practice facility-wide evacuations.

In addition, the unique challenges afforded by these environments are not addressed by aged care homes built to a standard template and then retrofitted as problems are raised. Aside from being a costly exercise, it can also prove a danger to residents, staff and firefighters.

Kim believes that optimal planning needs to explore how a building will be used, and also how it responds to emergency situations such as fire or other disasters.

“We can use virtual reality technology to explore and prepare staff for any type of emergency scenario and to develop and train policy and procedure. In addition, there is the opportunity to plan buildings for optimal functionality,” Kim says.

This work may also inform planning for hospitals and other health care facilities: anywhere that usual movement is hindered due to age or impairment. Taking the technology from gaming and using it in construction, planning and policy will be a key focus for Kim’s research moving forward.

It’s an exciting opportunity with international potential – and one to watch.

A virtual view of construction planning

Kim Maund is the Head of Construction Management. She brings with her more than 15 years experience working within the development and construction industry, ac

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Career Summary

Biography

Kim Maund is the Head of Discipline and 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.

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.

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.

Administrative Expertise
University of Newcastle: Construction Management Discipline Marketing Committee Founding Member University of Newcastle: Industry Scholarships Board. Acting member for applicant selection panel. 

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Applied Science (Environmental Health), University of Western Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Tasmania
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of New England
  • Graduate Certificate in Building & Planning, University of South Australia
  • Master of Building Surveying, University of Western Sydney
  • Diploma of Project Management, University of New England

Keywords

  • Building Regulations and Compliance
  • Emergency Preparedness & Aged Care
  • Fire Engineering and Alternative Solutions
  • Regulatory and Non-regulatory Policy

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
120299 Building not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer

Head of Discipline & Lecturer - ConstructionManagement

University of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2010 -  Building Professionals Board: Disciplinary Committee Member NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure: Building Professionals Board
Australia
1/01/2010 -  Building Professionals Board: Accreditation Committee Member NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure: Building Professionals Board
Australia
1/01/2008 -  Membership - Society for Fire Safety - Engineers Australia Society for Fire Safety - Engineers Australia
Australia
1/01/2002 -  Membership - National Accreditation (Unrestricted) Building Surveying Australian institute of Building Surveying
Australia
1/01/2002 -  Membership - Australian Institute of Building Surveyors Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
Australia

Awards

Prize

Year Award
2016 Australasian University Building Educators Association Top Paper Award: AUBEA Conference
The Australasian University Building Educators Association
2013 Australasian University Building Educators Association Top Paper Award: AUBEA Conference
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Maund K, Sher W, Smolders J, Naughton R, 'Understanding the Building Certification System: A Need for System Reform', Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building - Conference Series, 2 64-71 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Willy Sher

Conference (18 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Hilaire T, Maund K, Brewer G, 'Exploring the interaction between aged care policy and building regulation: disparity between policy intent and outcome.' (2016)
2016 Maund KA, Brewer G, Smith S, 'Virtual Learning environments: Conversion of BIMS into gaming engines and the construction management discipline', The 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association (AUBEA) 2016 Conference (2016) [E1]
Co-authors Shamus Smith, Graham Brewer
2016 Maund KA, Brewer G, Landorf C, Ward S, 'Designing learning events for construction management curriculum utilising 4d learning environments' (2016)
Co-authors Graham Brewer
2016 Ogunmakinde OE, Sher WD, Maund K, 'Obstacles to Sustainable Construction in Developing Countries', AUBEA 2016. The 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference (2016) [E1]
Co-authors Willy Sher, Olabode Ogunmakinde Uon
2016 Ogunmakinde OE, Sher WD, Maund K, 'Construction Professionals' Perceptions of Sustainability in Developing Countries', AUBEA 2016. The 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference (2016) [E1]
Co-authors Olabode Ogunmakinde Uon, Willy Sher
2015 Kanjanabootra S, Smolders J, Sher W, Maund K, 'A stakeholder theory perspective of contested roles and responsibilities in the construction industry', RICS COBRA AUBEA 2015 (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Sittimont Kanjanabootra, Willy Sher
2015 Ward S, Landorf C, Brewer G, Maund K, 'Virtually there: A 4-dimensional digital multi-disciplinary learning environment', Applied Collaborations (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Graham Brewer
2015 Landorf C, Brewer G, Maund K, Ward S, 'Onsite and online: A 4-dimensional digital multi-disciplinary learning environment for construction industry professionals', Living and Learning: Research for a Better Built Environment, 49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Graham Brewer
2015 Landorf C, Brewer G, Maund K, Ward S, 'Enhancing learning for construction industry professionals with a 4-dimensional digital learning environment', Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World: Refereed papers from the 38th HERDSA Annual International Conference (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Graham Brewer
2015 Brewer G, Landorf C, Maund K, Ward S, Inc DP, 'Evaluation of a 4D Panoramic Site Visit Tour Mechanism: A Pilot Study of its Educational Effectiveness', INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCES IN MANAGEMENT SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (AMSE 2015) (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Graham Brewer
2015 Brewer G, Smith S, Maund K, 'Towards BIM-Based Educational Environments Using Game Engine Technology', RICS COBRA AUBEA 2015 (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Shamus Smith, Graham Brewer
2014 Maund 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]

With the introduction of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) and subsequent legislative regulations throughout Australia, effective environmental management across the cons... [more]

With the introduction of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) and subsequent legislative regulations throughout Australia, effective environmental management across the construction sector should occur. In reality, construction operations continue to have detrimental environmental impacts. Within New South Wales the primary legislation governing development control, for the purpose of ESD, has produced a complex legislative system that its ability to achieve the objectives of environmental protection remains questionable. Large scale development projects may evoke need for associated environmental regulatory controls; however, such rules are generally not applicable to small and medium scale developments. Yet, these types of projects make up a significant amount of the development market and collectively a major contribution to detrimental environmental impacts. Given each construction project is unique, the application of complex regulatory controls may result in notably different levels of environmental protection between developments. Inconsistency may be seen with regulatory interpretation, implementation, monitoring and associated processes of enforcement. Using a systemic lens this research linked the efficacy of regulation, monitoring, and information flow to explain variability in the outcomes of onsite environmental management operations. The paper reports preliminary findings of a two stage qualitative study involving semi-structured interviews with key project stakeholders (e.g. government regulatory officers, construction managers) and case study examination of four medium scale development projects. Using a phenomenological coding approach, preliminary analysis identified a number of themes that impact effective onsite environmental management including: environmental interpretation and assessment, compliance and enforcement, external influences, collaboration and engagement.

Co-authors Thayaparan Gajendran, Graham Brewer
2014 Bille R, Maund K, Brewer G, Smith S, 'Extending Building Information Models into Game Engines', IE2014 Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Interactive Entertainment (2014) [E1]
DOI 10.1145/2677758.2677764
Co-authors Shamus Smith, Graham Brewer
2013 Maund K, Gajendran T, Brewer GJ, 'The influence of legislation upon on-site construction environmental management operations: A qualitative analysis', Proceedings 38th AUBEA International Conference (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Thayaparan Gajendran, Graham Brewer
2013 Maund K, Sher WD, Smolders J, Naughton R, 'Understanding the building certification system: A need for accreditation reform', Proceedings 38th AUBEA International Conference (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Willy Sher
2012 Maund 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 (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Graham Brewer
2012 Maund 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 (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Graham Brewer
2009 Maund KA, London K, 'Integrated supply chain construction ecosystem management', International Group for Lean Construction (2009) [E1]
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Bille 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]
Co-authors Shamus Smith, Graham Brewer
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $306,943

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20162 grants / $19,943

Disaster risk reduction in residential aged care facilities: Virtual disaster evacuation$14,542

Strategic Pilot Grant: Disaster risk reduction in residential aged care facilities: Virtual disaster evacuation

Funding body: Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)

Funding body Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Project Team

Kim Maund, Shamus Smith, Trevor Hilaire, Joy Lyneham, Sara Geale

Scheme FEBE Strategic Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Disaster risk reduction in residential aged care facilities: Virtual disaster evacuation$5,401

Faculty Equipment Grant: Disaster risk reduction in residential aged care facilities: Virtual disaster evacuation

Funding body: Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)

Funding body Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Project Team

Kim Maund, Trevor Hilaire, Shamus Smith, Joy Lyneham, Sara Geale

Scheme FEBE Equipment Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20143 grants / $277,000

Developing a 4-dimensional interdisciplinary learning environment for construction industry professionals$250,000

Identifying the pedagogical and technical requirements, and the subsequent development of a virtual site visit environment.

Funding body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Funding body Office for Learning and Teaching
Project Team

Dr Chris Landorf

Scheme Innovation and Development Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

Review of social impacts of a reduction of public housing numbers in Bolton Point estate$22,000

Conduct a multiple perspective investigation of social and related impacts of a project conducted under the Housing Affordability Fund initiative in the suburb of Bolton Point, including authoring a report and presenting findings to the Department of Housing.

Funding body: NSW Department of Housing

Funding body NSW Department of Housing
Project Team

A/P Graham Brewer

Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

Housing affordability initiatives: reviewing impacts of intervention approaches$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team

Kim Maund

Scheme Unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20131 grants / $10,000

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

Development and trial of a new accreditation scheme for certification: seed funding for pilot study.

Funding body: NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure: Building Professionals Board

Funding body NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure: Building Professionals Board
Project Team

Associate Professor Willy Sher

Scheme NSW Building Professionals Board
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.8

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Circular Construction: A Pathway to Sustainable Construction in Nigeria PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Influence of Risk Communication on intention to prepare for Flood Hazards in Informal Settlements PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Kim Maund

Position

Lecturer
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Construction Management (Building)

Contact Details

Email kim.maund@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 49216729
Fax (02) 49216913

Office

Room AG08 Architecture
Building Romberg Building
Location University Drive Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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