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Professor Peter Davis

Professor of Construction Management

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Building Construction Capabilities

Professor Peter Davis took up the role of Chair of Construction Management in early 2014. He has equal long-term experience in industry and academic research and teaching. 

Professor Peter Davis 

Davis' industry experience provides a leading perspective on construction management associated with large economic and financial infrastructure projects, whilst his academic career that augments this extensive experience has been divided between University leadership roles juxtaposed with teaching construction/project management teaching and collaborative research.

Davis remains closely involved with collaborative industry led research within the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle focussing on advanced safety, productivity and excellence research in construction management. For example Davis is currently leading a small team to review and develop a model of psychological contracts and safety in construction. They contend that using measures of psychological contract, or the personal deal they will identify and catalogue explicit benefits as they arise from existing constructions safety activities, thereby creating tangible benefit over time to construction safety within projects and the wider construction industry. This project is supported by one of the joint funders of the Chair of Construction Management position that Davis occupies. In another research project Davis is working with the Australian Institute of Building to create taxonomy of construction organisation capabilities under an umbrella of terms including innovation, value for money and productivity. These will be catalogued using documents collected over the past 5 years providing a base line from which to generate new organisational and sector learning and advancement.

Davis sees his role as one of external engagement at a University and Community level. New research projects will engage other disciplines within the University for example engineering, business and law. The outward-looking focus of Davis will, through 2015 and beyond, build strong relationships between the construction management discipline and key industry players in New South Wales and International partners with intent to deliver practical research-founded benefit to the industry.

Davis has published over 100 scholarly research papers in an array of international journals and conference proceedings and has co-authored several book chapters in important construction industry reference books. Prof Davis has received several collaborative research grants and managed extensive research programs; he is currently collaborating with RMIT on an Office of Learning and Teaching grant.

The Chair of Construction Management is jointly funded by two of Australia's leading construction companies - Lend Lease and John Holland – together with the University.

Professor Peter Davis

Building Construction Capabilities

Professor Peter Davis took up the role of Chair of Construction Management in early 2014. He has equal long-term experience in industry and academic research an

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Career Summary

Biography

In early 2014 Professor Davis commenced his new role at the University of Newcastle, as Professor and Chair of Construction Management, a position that is jointly funded by the University and two of Australia’s leading construction companies – Lend Lease and John Holland. Prof Davis currently has equal experience in terms of time in industry and academic research/ teaching. This is a relatively unique position. Davis’ industry experience provides a leadership focus on construction management, estimating and administering significant economic/ social infrastructure projects. In 1996 he completed a Master’s Degree in Project Management.

This industry experience and Masters degree training lead to Prof Davis’ research focus. In 2006 he completed a PhD in Economics and Finance graduating from RMIT, after studying the impact of Relationship Based Procurement and Alliance Development on the construction sector.

Davis’s unique Commercial and Research experience is complimented by professional relationships encompassing a significant network from diverse sectors world wide; including Architecture, Engineering and Construction; Oil and Gas; Legal practitioners; and Social Scientists.

Prof Davis has published over 100 scholarly research papers in an array of international journals and conference proceedings and has coauthored several book chapters in important construction industry reference books.

Prof Davis has been successful in applying for several collaborative research grants and managed extensive research programs. He continues to pursue competitive grant support and collaboration from key industry players in the public and private sector to generate outstanding research innovation. Presently he is involved with interrelated research projects that advance safety, productivity and excellence in construction management.

Prof Davis is also the recipient of two Australian Institute of Building Professional Excellence in Building Awards.

Research Expertise
Prof Davis has published over 100 scholarly research papers in an array of international journals and conference proceedings. He has co authored several book chapters in important construction industry reference books. Prof Davis has been successful in applying for several collaborative research grants and managed extensive research programs. He continues to pursue competitive grant support and collaboration from key industry players in the public and private construction sector to generate outstanding research innovation. Presently he is involved with interrelated research projects that advance safety, productivity and excellence in construction management. Davis’s unique Commercial and Research experience is complimented by professional relationships encompassing a significant network from diverse sectors world wide; including Architecture, Engineering and Construction; Oil and Gas; Legal practitioners; and Social Scientists.

Teaching Expertise
Prof Davis has taught in a broad array of construction and project management courses within several programs. Having background experience in the construction industry over an extensive period of time supplements his teaching with real world examples. More recent research success augments the models of student learning that are utilised. Davis has been responsible for curriculum design and commissioned to undertake external examination on a number of occasions at various institutions.

Administrative Expertise
In the recent past Prof Davis has lead a Construction Management department over a period of several years. More recently he has been Head of School, leading Architecture, Construction and Planning, at the same time carrying out the role of Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, Humanities. Committee membership has been extensive and supported Learning and Teaching, Courses and Academic Board executive to name a few.

Collaborations
Professor Davis remains closely involved with collaborative industry led research within the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle focussing on advanced safety, productivity and excellence research in construction management. For example Prof Davis is currently leading a small team to review and develop a model of psychological contracts and safety in construction. We contend that using measures of psychological contract, or the personal deal we will identify and catalogue explicit benefits as they arise from existing constructions safety activities, thereby creating tangible benefit over time to construction safety within projects and the wider construction industry. This project is supported by one of the joint funders of the Chair of Construction Management position that Prof Davis occupies.

In another research project Prof Davis is working with the Australian Institute of Building to create taxonomy of construction organisation capabilities under an umbrella of terms including innovation, value for money and productivity. These will be catalogued using documents collected over the past 5 years providing a base line from which to generate new organisational and sector learning and advancement. Prof Davis sees his role as one of external engagement at a University and Community level. New research projects will engage other University Faculties, for example Engineering, Business and Law. The outward looking focus of Prof Davis will, through 2015 and beyond build strong relationships between the construction management discipline and key industry players in New South Wales and International partners with intent to deliver practical research founded benefit to the industry. The Chair of Construction Management is jointly funded by two of Australia's leading construction companies - Lend Lease and John Holland – together with the University.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Master of Project Management, Curtin University of Technology

Keywords

  • construction management
  • procurement
  • project management
  • psychological contracts
  • relationship maintenance
  • relationship management
  • strategic management

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor of Construction Managemen University of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia
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Publications

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


Book (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2003 Davis PR, McGann S, Prepare a Quotation: Learner's Manual, Open Learning Australia Tertiary Press, Melbourne Australia (2003)
2003 Davis PR, McGann S, Prepare a Quotation: Facilitator's Guide, Open Learning Australia Tertiary Press, Melbourne Australia (2003)
2003 Davis PR, Develop a Tender Submission: Centerlink Facilitator's Guide, Open Learning Australia Tertiary Press, Melbourne Australia (2003)
2003 Davis PR, Develop a Tender Submission: Centerlink Learner's Manual, Open Learning Australia Tertiary Press, Melbourne Australia (2003)
1996 Davis PR, Marketing project management services : a review and assessment of some possible approaches used by project management organisations in Perth, Western Australia: Report Presented as Part of the Requirements of the Award for the Degree of Master of Project Management., Curtin University of Technology School of Architecture Construction and Planning, Perth (1996)
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Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Davis PR, Walker DHT, 'Case Study - Trust, Commitment and Mutual Goals in Alliances', Procurement Systems - A Cross Industry Project Management Perspective, Taylor & Francis, London Chapter-12 (2008) [B2]

Journal article (42 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Liu J, Love P, Davis P, Smith J, Regan M, 'Conceptual Framework for the Performance Measurement of Public-Private Partnerships', Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 04014023 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000210
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 3
2015 Wu M, Tang WC, Chen GW, Chen S, Qing ZD, Zhou Y, et al., 'Modelling Construction Dust Safety Distance', Advanced Materials Research, 1065-1069 1065-1069 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.1065-1069.1704
Co-authors Willy Sher, Patrick Tang
2015 Wu M, Tang WC, Zhou Y, Chen S, Chen GW, Qing ZD, et al., 'Modeling the Impact of Three Gorges Dam on the Cooling Energy Consumption of the Reservoir Cities', Advanced Materials Research, 1065-1069 3254-3259 (2015)
DOI 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.1065-1069.3254
Co-authors Willy Sher, Patrick Tang
2015 Liu J, Love PED, Davis PR, Smith J, Regan M, 'Conceptual framework for the performance measurement of public-private partnerships', Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 21 (2015) [C1]

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) have been used widely to deliver economic and social infrastructure projects. There has been widespread debate about the factors that contribute... [more]

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) have been used widely to deliver economic and social infrastructure projects. There has been widespread debate about the factors that contribute to their success and failure. Critical to their successful implementation is effective performance measurement of the projects. With this in mind, a comprehensive review of the normative literature in association with PPPs (e.g., critical success factors, roles of public sector, concessionaire selection, risk management, cost and time issues, and finance) is undertaken and a conceptual framework for dynamic life-cycle is proposed. The paper provides both public sector and private entities with an insight into effective and efficient performance measurement within the context of PPP infrastructure projects.

DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000210
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2014 Love PED, O'Donoghue D, Smith J, Davis PR, 'Procurement of Public Sector Facilities: Views of Early Contractor Involvement', Facilities, 32 460-471 (2014) [C1]
2014 Love PED, O Donoghue D, Davis PR, Smith J, 'Procurement of public sector facilities: Views of early contractor involvement', Facilities, 32 460-471 (2014)

Purpose-The purpose of this research is to determine the perceptions of a public sector agency¿s representatives who are involved in the selection of procurement methods about th... [more]

Purpose-The purpose of this research is to determine the perceptions of a public sector agency¿s representatives who are involved in the selection of procurement methods about the benefits and barriers of implementing early contractor involvement (ECI). There have been widespread calls for the public sector to use of non-traditional delivery methods so as to obtain better ¿value for money¿. ECI is one form of delivery approach that has begun to attract the attention of many Australian State Governments, as it allows a contractor to proactively participate in design development, risk management and the construction programming processes. Design and construction processes can also be integrated which, therefore, overcome the impediments and barriers that have conventionally existed between designers and contractor. Within Western Australia, the use of ECI has been limited and therefore perceptions about its potential application are obtained. Design/methodology/approach-Using questionnaire surveys and follow-up semi-structured interviews, the research sought to determine the perceptions of a public sector agency¿s representatives who are involved in the selection of procurement methods about the benefits and barriers of implementing ECI. Findings-It is revealed that a significant proportion of contractors did not have the capability and experience to be involved within an ECI approach. Their preference was the use of a traditional lump-sum method. Where there was limited scope for using competitive tendering, particularly on large complex projects, then ECI could be a preferred option for future projects. Originality/value-To date, there has been limited empirical research that examined the public sectors views on the use of ECI despite the calls for the greater use of integrated procurement methods of this nature. The research indicates that there is a need to develop strategies to better educate public sector clients, designers and contractors about how ECI can contribute to the development of innovative solutions and better value for money.

DOI 10.1108/F-03-2012-0020
2014 Sing CP, Love P, Davis PR, 'Experimental study on condition assessment of RC Structure using a dynamics response approach', Structural Survey, 32 89-101 (2014) [C1]
2014 Sing CP, Love PED, Davis PR, 'Experimental study on condition assessment of reinforced concrete structure using a dynamics response approach', Structural Survey, 32 89-101 (2014) [C1]

Purpose: Condition assessment on reinforced concrete (RC) structures is one of the critical issues as a result of structure degradation due to aging in many developed countries. T... [more]

Purpose: Condition assessment on reinforced concrete (RC) structures is one of the critical issues as a result of structure degradation due to aging in many developed countries. The purpose of this paper is to examine the sensitivity and reliability of the conventional dynamic response approaches, which are currently applied in the RC structures. The key indicators include: natural frequency and damping ratio. To deal with the non-linear characteristics of RC, the concept of random decrement is applied to analyze time domain data and a non-linear damping curve could be constructed to reflect the condition of RC structure. Design/methodology/approach: A full-scale RC structure was tested under ambient vibration and the impact from a rubber hammer. Time history data were collected to analyze dynamics parameters such as natural frequency and damping ratio. Findings: The research demonstrated that the measured natural frequency is not a good indicator for integrity assessment. Similarly, it was revealed that the traditional theory of viscous damping performed poorly for the RC with non-linear characteristics. To address this problem, a non-linear curve is constructed using random decrement and it can be used to retrieve the condition of the RC structure in a scientific manner. Originality/value: The time domain analysis using random decrement can be used to construct a non-linear damping curve. The results from this study revealed that the damage of structure can be reflected from the changes in the damping curves. The non-linear damping curve is a powerful tool for assessing the health condition of RC structures in terms of sensitivity and reliability. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

DOI 10.1108/SS-02-2013-0017
2012 Wang X, Ed Love P, Davis PR, 'BIM + AR: A framework of bringing BIM to construction site', Construction Research Congress 2012: Construction Challenges in a Flat World, Proceedings of the 2012 Construction Research Congress, 1175-1181 (2012)

More and more design and construction professionals in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) areas have been and now are using Building Information Modeling (BIM). Unf... [more]

More and more design and construction professionals in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) areas have been and now are using Building Information Modeling (BIM). Unfortunately, there were very few efforts exploring the real-time communication and integration of BIM to the site and task conditions, and the interaction of BIM with the field crew. It is envisaged that Augmented Reality (AR) can fulfil this vision effectively through visualizing BIM right into the physical context of each construction activity or task. This paper develops a conceptual framework to investigate how BIM can be extended to the site via AR. Human factors are the core principle to investigate on, considering that AR, by nature, involves the human sensations with both real and virtual information sources. It is also found that AR should be ubiquitous and work together with accurate positioning technologies such as laser pointing. © 2012 ASCE.

DOI 10.1061/9780784412329.118
Citations Scopus - 1
2012 Wang X, Love PED, Curtin J, Klinc R, Kim J, Davis PR, 'Integration of E-Learning 2.0 with Web 2.0', Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 17 387-396 (2012) [D1]

A review of studies that have examined the integration of Web 2.0 tools into E-Learning 2.0 within built environment educational programs is undertaken. An analysis of studies und... [more]

A review of studies that have examined the integration of Web 2.0 tools into E-Learning 2.0 within built environment educational programs is undertaken. An analysis of studies undertaken reveals five core themes can be derived: (1) students using Web 2.0 demonstrate the capability for effective learning; (2) Skills learned via Web 2.0 can be transferred to the work and untrained tasks; (3) limited research has compared learning in conventional E-Learning and Web 2.0 environments; (4) E-Learning 2.0 enables social learning process to take place, and (5) the shift from eLearning 1.0 (Web 1.0 based) to E-Learning 2.0 (Web 2.0 based) requires not only a technological shift, but also a fundamental shift in the way knowledge is socially constructed and shared. Future issues and challenges are identified in order to ameliorate the integration of the E-Learning 2.0 experience with Web 2.0 tools. COPYRIGHT: © 2012 The authors.

Citations Scopus - 8
2011 Love PED, Davis PR, Cheung SO, Irani Z, 'Causal Discovery and Inference of Project Disputes', IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT, 58 400-411 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1109/TEM.2010.2048907
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11
2011 Love PED, Davis PR, Chevis R, Edwards DJ, 'Risk/Reward Compensation Model for Civil Engineering Infrastructure Alliance Projects', JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT-ASCE, 137 127-136 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000263
Citations Scopus - 38Web of Science - 20
2011 Davis P, Love P, 'Alliance contracting: Adding value through relationship development', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 18 444-461 (2011) [C1]

Purpose - Alliancing and partnering have been extensively used to stimulate collaborative relations between supply chain members as well as to address the need to improve the perf... [more]

Purpose - Alliancing and partnering have been extensively used to stimulate collaborative relations between supply chain members as well as to address the need to improve the performance of projects. Recognising the need to build and sustain relationships in alliances, the paper aims to present a model that is developed and tested by industry practitioners who are regularly involved with alliance contracting. The developed model can be used to encourage a culture of reflective learning and mutual trust, beyond merely project-specific performance outcomes. Design/methodology/approach - To examine the applicability of the conceptual model to alliance contracting in construction an exploratory approach was adopted. A total of 49 in-depth interviews were conducted over a six-month period with a variety of industry practitioners (clients, contractors, design consultants, construction lawyers, and alliance facilitators) who had extensive experience with working in alliance contracts. Interviews were used as the mechanism to examine the themes and constructs identified from the literature. Findings - The relationship development process represents a major contributor to successful alliance contracting and can add considerable value throughout the supply chain. There is a recognisable structure to relationship development that is underpinned by specific themes that should be considered when managing the alliance relationship. Trust and commitment are explicit elements that should be continually maintained in an alliance contract, and can significantly contribute to joint learning from joint problem-solving activities. From the respondents' perspectives it appears that the entire process of relationship development hinged around individual relationships, trust and organizational development. Practical implications - A three-phase model for building alliances is developed and can be used by practitioners to improve the performance of projects. Social implications - It is suggested that the developed model can be used to promote a culture of reflective learning and mutual trust, beyond merely project-specific performance outcomes. Originality/value - The research develops a model for relationship development and maintenance in construction projects so that sustainable relationships can be established. The proposed model includes three phases: assessment, commitment and endurance. Being able to manage each of these phases effectively is critical for successful project delivery and stimulating innovation. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

DOI 10.1108/09699981111165167
Citations Scopus - 18
2010 Love PED, Mistry D, Davis PR, 'Price Competitive Alliance Projects: Identification of Success Factors for Public Clients', JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT-ASCE, 136 947-956 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000208
Citations Scopus - 26Web of Science - 12
2010 Love P, Edwards D, Watson H, Davis P, 'Rework in Civil Infrastructure Projects: Determination of Cost Predictors', Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 136 275-282 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000136
Citations Scopus - 31Web of Science - 23
2010 Love P, Edwards D, Watson H, Davis P, 'Rework in Civil Infrastructure Projects: Determination of Cost Predictors', Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 136 275-282 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000136
2010 Love PED, Davis PR, Baccarini D, 'Dismantling the public sector bastion: Evaluating capital works', International Journal of Public Sector Management, 23 188-202 (2010) [C1]

Purpose: The determination of the most appropriate procurement system for a capital works project is a challenging task for public sector clients considering the array of assessme... [more]

Purpose: The determination of the most appropriate procurement system for a capital works project is a challenging task for public sector clients considering the array of assessment criteria that are considered and the procurement methods that are available. This is particularly pertinent to the Western Australian public sector where there has been a propensity to use traditional lump sum as the default procurement solution despite knowing that the selection of an inappropriate procurement method may lead to cost and time overruns, claims, and disputes on projects. This paper aims to present a six-step procurement method evaluation approach that requires public sector agencies to consider in detail an array of options so as to obtain value for money. Design/methodology/approach: A procurement evaluation approach is developed and is examined using a focus group of 12 participants comprising a public sector client, project team and key stakeholders. The focus group was used to examine the developed approach in the context of a real-life capital works project. Findings: The procurement method evaluation approach was deemed to be pragmatic and enabled decision makers to re-evaluate outcomes from previous steps in the process. All focus group participants stated the six step process enabled a recommendation that was grounded in reflection and detailed evaluation. Practical implications: The developed procurement approach has enabled the public sector client to evaluate the way in which it views procurement method selection and examines how "value for money" is obtained. Originality/value: The six-step procurement approach makes use of quantitative and qualitative techniques and is reliant on discourse and reflection in making a procurement method recommendation. Consequently, the approach enables public sector clients to account for the complexities often associated with procurement selection. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

DOI 10.1108/09513551011032446
Citations Scopus - 2
2010 Love P, Davis P, Ellis J, Cheung SO, 'Dispute causation: Identification of pathogenic influences in construction', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 17 404-423 (2010) [C1]

Purpose - While a considerable amount of knowledge has been accumulated about dispute causation, disputes continue to prevail and disharmonise the process of construction with con... [more]

Purpose - While a considerable amount of knowledge has been accumulated about dispute causation, disputes continue to prevail and disharmonise the process of construction with considerable cost. This paper seeks to identify the underlying pathogens that clients and contractors perceive to contribute to disputes in construction projects. The identification of pathogens can provide an ameliorated understanding of the origin of disputes and therefore enable their prevention. Design/methodology/approach - Case law and focus groups with a client and contracting organisation from Western Australia are used to determine the pathogens of disputes. Findings - Analysis of the case law findings revealed that the underlying issues that were brought to litigation were to do with points of law, namely "civil procedure". A significant number of disputes are thus settled using alternative dispute resolution methods such as adjudication, arbitration and mediation. For clients the underlying latent conditions that resulted in a dispute were due to the nature of the task being performed (e.g. failure to detect and correct errors) and those arising from people's deliberate practices (e.g. failure to oblige by contractual requirements). For the contractor focus group the circumstances arising from the situation or environment the project was operating in were identified as the main underlying latent condition for disputes (e.g. unforeseen scope changes). Research limitations/implications - Focus groups are only undertaken with clients and contracting groups as they were identified as the main parties involved in dispute during the analysis of litigation cases within Western Australia. Input from consultants and subcontractors may provide a more balanced perspective as to the perceived causes and costs of disputes. Originality/value - The research has been able to provide the initial building blocks for understanding the underlying pathogens contributing to disputes. However, more empirical research is required before conclusive findings can be made, particularly with regard to the influences on subcontractors. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

DOI 10.1108/09699981011056592
Citations Scopus - 16
2010 Love PED, Davis PR, Worrall D, 'Occupational Licensing of Building Trades: Case of Western Australia', JOURNAL OF PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION AND PRACTICE, 136 215-223 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000021
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4
2009 Love PED, Davis PR, Ellis JM, 'A Systemic view of disputes causation', International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 3 659-681 (2009) [C1]
2009 Love PED, Bullen PA, Davis PR, 'Clients Driving Innovation: Achievement of World Leadership in Environmentally Sustainable Design and Construction', ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, In-press (2009)
2009 Mistry D, Davis PR, 'A client's perspective of critical success factors in project alliances', Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2009 - Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference, 217-226 (2009)

Project alliances have become an attractive option for delivering large, complex infrastructure construction projects in Australia. The development of relationships in cost compet... [more]

Project alliances have become an attractive option for delivering large, complex infrastructure construction projects in Australia. The development of relationships in cost competitive project alliances is central to performance and achievement of project objectives. Critical success factors in relationship development of alliance projects that improve performance were investigated. Conclusions indicate that the most critical success factors that enhance relationship development are trust and the provision of appropriate resources. Trust appeared dominant in the formation phase of alliances. These attributes provide a better understanding between partners. Alliances may facilitate the development of stronger relationships over traditional contracting as the parties' work closely developing a target outturn cost (TOC) in the preliminary phase of the project. Collectively developing the TOC helps the partners assess and understand each other's 'culture and abilities'. These in turn assist clients to select a compatible non-owner participant organisation. In sum these actions increase the probability of a successful alliance and its delivery.

Citations Scopus - 1
2009 Love PED, Davis PR, Ellis JM, Evans P, 'Prometheus unbound: Unraveling the underlying nature of disputes', COBRA 2009 - Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 1519-1539 (2009)

Research has revealed that factors such as scope changes, poor contract documentation, restricted access, unforeseen ground conditions and contractual ambiguities are contributors... [more]

Research has revealed that factors such as scope changes, poor contract documentation, restricted access, unforeseen ground conditions and contractual ambiguities are contributors of disputes. While this is widely known, disputes still prevail over such issues. Before disputes can be avoided an understanding of the pathogens that contribute to their occurrence needs to be determined so that mechanisms can be put in place to prevent them from arising. To determine the pathogens contributing to disputes, a total of 41 indepth interviews were undertaken with industry practitioners who identified 58 examples of disputes in projects that they have been actively involved with. Analysis of the findings revealed that the pathogens of circumstance (arising from the environment), practice (arising from peoples' deliberate practices) and task (arising from the nature of the task being performed) accounted for 87% of dispute occurrences. The environment associated with the use of traditional lump sum contracting was found to be associated with 72% of the disputes. The practice of deliberately not adhering to policies, and procedures, undertaking design reviews and distributing tentative design documents contributed to the problems arising. The task of failing to detect errors and misinterpreting contract terms and conditions contributed to disputation. It is suggested that organizations need to fundamentally re-examine their work processes, policies and procedures as well as behaviors if disputes are to be reduced in construction. © RICS.

2009 Davis PR, Love PED, Baccarini D, 'Bills of quantities: Nemesis or nirvana?', Structural Survey, 27 99-108 (2009) [C1]

Purpose: Traditional Lump Sum (TLS) methods have been the primary procurement method within Australia. Yet, their use is beginning to wane in states such as: Queensland, New South... [more]

Purpose: Traditional Lump Sum (TLS) methods have been the primary procurement method within Australia. Yet, their use is beginning to wane in states such as: Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria where Design and Construct, Construction Management and hybrids thereof have become the norm. Considering the demands of clients, the increasing propensity to use non-traditional methods, the quality of drawings that are being produced, and the role of software applications such as Computer-Aided Design in directly generating quantities, this paper seeks to examine the role Bills of Quantities (BoQs) serve and how effective they are as a pre-contract and post-contract tool. Design/methodology/approach: Only limited empirical research has addressed the role and effectiveness of BoQs, particularly in Australia. With this in mind, the research adopted an exploratory approach to gain insights from industry practitioners about BoQs. A questionnaire survey was developed from the literature and used to solicit the opinions of practitioners about their role and effectiveness as a pre-contract and post-contract tool. Findings: The distributed questionnaire survey resulted in 86 responses from industry practitioners - quantity surveyors, building contractors, and project managers. The findings fundamentally reveal that the use of Bill of Quantities prepared in accordance with the standard method of measurement is on the decline and only useful as a tool for post-contract control. Originality/value: The research has revealed that there is a need for industry to embrace alternative forms of measuring quantities in building projects. Abridged bills and builders' quantities are being increasingly demanded in Australia. Thus, it is suggested that this demand could drive the need for alternative forms of pricing in building projects and lead to the increasing use of non-traditional methods of measurement. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

DOI 10.1108/02630800910956434
Citations Scopus - 8
2009 Love PED, Chevis R, Davis PR, 'Risk/ Reward Models: Solutions for Supply Chain Partners.', Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, in-press (2009)
2009 Davis P, Walker D, 'Building capability in construction projects: A relationship-based approach', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 16 475-489 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/09699980910988375
2008 Love PED, Davis PR, Ellis JM, 'The Causal Path of Project Disputes', ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, in press 1-36 (2008)
2008 Love PED, Davis P, London K, Jasper T, 'Causal modelling of construction disputes', Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2008 - Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference, 2 869-878 (2008)

Disputes have become an inherent feature of the construction industry. A plethora of studies have been undertaken to identify the causes of disputes so as to determine the most ap... [more]

Disputes have become an inherent feature of the construction industry. A plethora of studies have been undertaken to identify the causes of disputes so as to determine the most appropriate prevention and resolution strategies. While it is widely known what the main causes of dispute are, they still remain prevalent in the Australian construction industry. This is because there is a need to better understand the complexity and interplay between causal variables. Using data derived from the literature a conceptual causal model of construction disputes is developed. The model identifies the key causal variables and pathogens that can contribute to disputes.

Citations Scopus - 1
2008 Love PED, Davis PR, Lopez R, Jasper T, 'It's not just about bricks and mortar: Procedural failures in construction', Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2008 - Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference, 2 779-788 (2008)

Construction and engineering projects are typically complex in nature and are prone to cost and schedule overruns. A significant factor that often contributes to these overruns is... [more]

Construction and engineering projects are typically complex in nature and are prone to cost and schedule overruns. A significant factor that often contributes to these overruns is rework. Omissions errors, in particular, have been found to account for as much as 38% of the total rework costs experienced. To date there has been limited research that has sought to determine the underlying factors that contribute to omission errors in construction and engineering projects. Using data derived from 59 in-depth interviews undertaken with various project participants, a generic systemic causal model of the key factors that contributed to omission errors is presented. The developed causal model can improve understanding of the archetypal nature and underlying dynamics of omission errors.

2008 Davis PR, 'A relationship approach to construction supply chains', INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT & DATA SYSTEMS, 108 310-327 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/02635570810958741
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 6
2008 Love PED, Davis PR, Edwards DJ, Baccarini D, 'Uncertainty avoidance: Public sector clients and procurement selection', International Journal of Public Sector Management, 21 753-776 (2008) [C1]

Purpose - Choosing the appropriate procurement system for construction projects is a complex and challenging task for clients particularly when professional advice has not been so... [more]

Purpose - Choosing the appropriate procurement system for construction projects is a complex and challenging task for clients particularly when professional advice has not been sought. To assist with the decision-making process, a range of procurement selection tools and techniques have been developed by both academic and industry bodies. Public sector clients in Western Australia (WA) remain uncertain about the pairing of procurement method to bespoke construction project and how this decision will ultimately impact upon project success. This paper seeks to examine "how and why" a public sector agency selected particular procurement methods. Design/methodology/approach - An analysis of two focus group workshops (with 18 senior project and policy managers involved with procurement selection) is reported upon. Findings - The traditional lump sum (TLS) method is still the preferred procurement path even though alternative forms such as design and construct, public-private-partnerships could optimize the project outcome. Paradoxically, workshop participants agreed that alternative procurement forms should be considered, but an embedded culture of uncertainty avoidance invariably meant that TLS methods were selected. Senior managers felt that only a limited number of contractors have the resources and experience to deliver projects using the non-traditional methods considered. Practical implications - The research identifies a need to develop a framework that public sector clients can use to select an appropriate procurement method. Learning from previous experiences with regard to procurement selection will further provide public sector clients with knowledge about how to best deliver their projects. Originality/value - The paper adds insight as to how public sector agencies select particular procurement methods.

DOI 10.1108/09513550810904550
Citations Scopus - 18
2007 Davis PR, 'Maintaining Relationship Based Procurement', The Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 7 37-44 (2007)
2005 Davis PR, Bullen P, 'Sustainable Adaptive Reuse of the Existing Building Stock in Western Australia', Construction Management And Economics, in press 1-11 (2005)
2003 Davis PR, 'Relationship Marketing: vital for the construction industry', Construct: The National Magazine of the Australian Institute of Building, 001 38-40 (2003)
2003 Davis PR, Walker DHT, 'Relationship Marketing: Providing opportunities and benefits for the Construction Industry', The International Journal of Construction Management, 3 69-78 (2003)
2002 Davis PR, 'Relationship Marketing: Its potential to enhance public-private sector initiatives', Australian Project Manager, 22 17-18 (2002)
2002 Baccarini D, Davis P, 'The BQ Debate Continues', Building Economist, 10-17 (2002)
1999 Davis PR, 'Relationship Marketing: A Focus study of the Perth Construction Industry', Chartered Building Professional: The National Magazine of the Australian Institute of Building, 19-21 (1999)
1999 Davis PR, 'Incrementally integrating a problem based learning approach into an undergraduate Construction Management Course.', Insight, In-Press (1999)
1998 Davis PR, Yeomans PR, 'Enhancing performance of the Construction Organisation through Value Management', Chartered Building Professional: The National Magazine of the Australian Institute of Building, (1998)
1998 Davis PR, 'Relationship Marketing and the Procurement of Subcontractors', Chartered Building Professional: The National Magazine of the Australian Institute of Building, 16-17 (1998)
1997 Davis PR, 'Contractors' Approaches to IT and Communication', Chartered Building Professional: The National Magazine of the Australian Institute of Building, (1997)
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Conference (50 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Ke Y, Gajendran T, Davis PR, 'Relational contracting in the construction industry: Mapping practice to theory', AEI 2015: Birth and Life of the Integrated Building - Proceedings of the AEI Conference 2015 (2015)

There has been an increasing interest in the concept of relational contracting (RC) in the construction industry. The performance of RC approaches in construction projects, especi... [more]

There has been an increasing interest in the concept of relational contracting (RC) in the construction industry. The performance of RC approaches in construction projects, especially in highly complex and/or time-constrained infrastructure construction projects, is not very satisfying, although there have been sporadic improvements. Hence, this paper aims to map the practices of three main RC contractual arrangements (i.e. project partnering, alliance contracting, and integrated project delivery) to Relational Contract Theory (RCT). The comparative analysis of these three RC contractual arrangements is undertaken to illustrate how different arrangements are weighted in different key elements derived from RCT. Following this study researchers can proceed to investigate situational variables that will make a particular RC approach most suitable. Industrial practitioners can use the findings as a description of the concept and a starting point to facilitate the RC practices at the procurement phase of a RC project.

DOI 10.1061/9780784479070.016
Co-authors Thayaparan Gajendran, Yongjian Ke
2012 Wang Y, Wang X, Davis PR, 'Augmented reality-based wayfinding: improving humans navigational efficiency in complex buildings', Proceedings of 2012 Australasian Conference on Innovative Technologies in Construction, Wuhan, China. (2012) [E1]
2011 Mills A, McLaughlin P, Davis P, 'Achieving diversity: pathways may be the solution!' (2011)
2011 Mills A, McLaughlin P, Davis P, 'Pathways to formally assessed work placement: employers perspectives on collaborative education in the Australian construction industry' (2011)
2011 Love PED, Lopez R, Goh YM, Davis PR, 'Systemic modelling of design error causation in social infrastructure projects', Procedia Engineering, Hong Kong, PEOPLES R CHINA (2011) [E1]
DOI 10.1016/j.proeng.2011.07.019
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2010 Love PED, Davis PR, 'Rework in the Design, Construction and Operation of Floating Production Storage Offloading Hydrocarbon Projects' (2010)
2010 Love P, Davis P, 'Rework in the design, construction and operation of floating production storage and offloading hydrocarbon projects' (2010)
2010 Davis PR, 'Competitive verses traditional alliance procurement', COBRA 2010 - Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Paris (2010) [E1]
2010 Lopez R, Love PED, Edwards DJ, Davis PR, 'Design error classification, causation, and prevention in construction engineering', Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Shandong University in Jinan, Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, and Hohai University in Nanjing (2010) [E1]
DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000116
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 11
2010 Love P, Davis P, 'Rework in the design, construction and operation of floating production storage and offloading hydrocarbon projects' (2010)
2009 Love PED, Davis PR, Ellis JM, 'Project Dispute Pathogens: Divergence or Congruence' (2009) [E3]
2008 Love PED, Davis P, London KA, Jasper T, 'Causal modelling of construction projects', Proceedings of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Conference Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) 2008, Cardiff, UK (2008) [E1]
2008 Davis PR, Chevis R, 'The Impact of Payment Models on Project Behaviours in Project Alliances' (2008) [E3]
2008 Love P, Davis P, Baccarini D, Wilson G, Lopez R, 'Procurement Selection in the Public Sector: A Tale of Two States' (2008) [E3]
2007 Love P, Davis P, Baccarini D, Wilson G, Lopez R, 'Opening Pandora's box: revisiting procurement selection in the public sector' (2007)
2007 Davis PR, 'The Role of Focus Groups in Examining Relationship Issues in Projects' (2007)
2007 Davis PR, 'Relationship Development in the Supply Chain' (2007)
2007 Davis PR, 'Relationship Maintenance in Construction Alliance Projects' (2007)
2007 Love P, Davis P, Edwards D, 'Demetrius and Bob: understanding measurement and implications of emotional intelligence' (2007)
2007 Love P, Davis P, Bullen P, Lopez R, 'The sword of Domceles: error containment and reduction in projects' (2007)
2007 Love P, Davis P, Lopez R, Edwards D, 'Prometheus and Bob: Understanding, Measurement and Implications of Emotional Intelligence' (2007)
2005 Mills A, Robinson J, Davis PR, 'The Role of Professional Associations in the Education of Property and Construction Professionals in Australia' (2005)
2004 Davis PR, 'Relationship Development in Construction Partner Selection' (2004)
2004 Davis PR, Knox I, 'The Reasons Why Organisations Outsource Information Technology Systems' (2004)
2004 Davis PR, 'External Influences on students personal time management: A cross disciplinary study.' (2004)
2004 Davis PR, Baccarini D, 'The use of Bills of Quantities in Construction Projects: An Australian Survey' (2004)
2004 Davis PR, Walker DHT, 'Relationship Based Procurement' (2004)
2004 Davis PR, Bullen PA, 'Putting it Together: Supportive Strategies for Learning and Assessment Using Peer Mentoring' (2004)
2004 Davis PR, 'Successful learning through integrated teaching' (2004)
2004 Davis PR, 'Relationship Marketing Techniques in Construction Projects: A case study approach' (2004)
2004 Davis PR, 'Marketing University Courses' (2004)
2004 Davis PR, Stevenson D, 'Guaranteed Maximum Price contracts in WA' (2004)
2003 Davis PR, 'The Application of Relationship Marketing in the Construction Industry: Work in progress report' (2003)
2003 Davis PR, Bullen P, 'Putting it together: Supportive strategies for learning and assessment using peer mentoring' (2003)
2003 Davis PR, Bullen P, 'Exporations in sustainable construction and procurement in Western Australia' (2003)
2003 Bullen P, Davis PR, 'Active learning exercises as a strategy in collaborative cross-disciplinary teaching' (2003)
2003 Love P, Smith J, Baccarini D, Davis P, 'Building a sybiotic relationship between academia and industry: expectations and observations of construction management' (2003)
2003 Davis PR, 'Just in time:Personal time management advice to students' (2003)
2003 Bullen P, Davis PR, 'Breaking Down Cross Disciplinary Barriers: Integrated Teaching Exercises' (2003)
2002 Davis PR, 'Literature review from reviewing literature' (2002)
2002 Davis PR, 'Marketing University Courses: Is it all in the name?' (2002)
2001 Davis PR, 'Innovation in teaching and learning: a Construction Management Experience' (2001)
2001 Davis PR, 'New Thinking - The Operating Environment of Relationship Marketing in Construction' (2001)
2000 Davis PR, 'Using integrated Web publishing environments to develop teaching and learning materials' (2000)
1999 Davis PR, 'Relationship Marketing in the Construction Industry' (1999)
1999 Davis PR, 'Integrating a problem based learning approach into undergraduate teaching' (1999)
1998 Yeomans PR, Davis PR, 'Value Management VM and the Construction Firm' (1998)
1998 Davis PR, 'The Role of Marketing in the Project Management Organisations of Western Australia' (1998)
1998 Baccarini DJ, Davis PR, 'Integrating problems in discrete parcels and hoping no one will notice: A case study in integrating problem based learning' (1998)
1997 Davis PR, 'The Understanding And Application Of Marketing: A Comparison Between Quantity Surveying Practices And Project Management Organisation. The Future Role' (1997)
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Other (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2003 Davis PR, Bullen P, 'Working Collaboratively: Peer Mentoring As a Supportive Strategy for Learning and Assessment', : Learning support network; Curtin University of Technology (2003)
2001 Davis PR, 'Teaching learning materials developed within a web publishing environment', : Curtin University of Technology (2001)
1995 Davis PR, 'The enhancement of student understanding of subject issues with the use of audio tape recorded interviews', ( pp.57-61). Educational unit, Edith Cowan University: Educational unit, Edith Cowan University (1995)

Report (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Davis P, Love P, 'Alternative dispute resolution in construction projects 2007 ¿ 2009 AU$85,000' (2009)
2007 Davis P, Love P, 'Procurement selection toolkit 2005 ¿ 2007. AU$150,000' (2007)
2007 Davis PR, Baccarini D, Love PED, 'Assessment of Value Alignment Process for Project Delivery Software (Decision Support Tool)' (2007)
2006 Davis PR, Love PED, Baccarini D, 'Building Procurement Methods' (2006)
2006 Love PED, Davis PR, Baccarini D, 'Building Procurement Selection Review' (2006)
1999 Davis PR, 'Curtin University Research Grant Scheme 1999. Final Report' (1999)
1998 Davis PR, 'Relationship Marketing: Focus group discussion held at Curtin University of Technology.' (1998)
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2005 Davis PR, The Application of Relationship Marketing to Construction, (2005)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 4
Total funding $135,139

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20153 grants / $120,139

The psychological contract to measure safety outcomes on construction sites$104,389

Funding body: John Holland - Northwest Rapid Transit Consortium

Funding body John Holland - Northwest Rapid Transit Consortium
Project Team Professor Peter Davis, Professor Peter ED Love
Scheme Research Scholarship Student
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500320
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

The Global Canopy: linking international inbound students with domestic outbound students for improved learning and global connections$7,875

Funding body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Funding body Office for Learning and Teaching
Project Team Professor Peter Davis, Dr Patricia McLaughlin, Professor Roger Hadgraft, Professor Anthony Mills, Professor Philip Poronnik, Dr Swapan Saha
Scheme Strategic Priority Commissioned Project 2014
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1500406
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

The Global Canopy: linking international inbound students with domestic outbound students for improved learning and global connections$7,875

Funding body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Funding body Office for Learning and Teaching
Project Team Professor Peter Davis, Dr Patricia McLaughlin, Professor Roger Hadgraft, Professor Anthony Mills, Professor Philip Poronnik, Dr Swapan Saha
Scheme Strategic Priority Commissioned Project 2014
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1500406
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20141 grants / $15,000

Investigating the psychological contract in construction procurement in order to develop a conceptual model. $15,000

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Professor Peter Davis, Doctor Marcus Jefferies, Doctor Yongjian Ke
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400971
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1.6

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD The Psychological Contract to Measure Safety Outcomes on Construction Sites
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD On-Site Construction Efficiency in Australia: A Question of Success?
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
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News

Peter Davis

Construction Chair

November 14, 2013

The University of Newcastle has announced Professor Peter Davis, a respected academic and industry professional with more than 30 years' experience, as the newly established Chair of Construction Management.

Professor Peter Davis

Position

Professor of Construction Management
School of Architecture and Built Environment
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Contact Details

Email peter.davis@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 4985 4315
Mobile 0418 925 343
Fax 4921 6913

Office

Room BSC A.104
Building BSC Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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