Dr Sittimont Kanjanabootra

Dr Sittimont Kanjanabootra

Post Doc Research Fellow

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Straying from the status quo

Influential and exceptionally inventive, Dr Sittimont Kanjanabootra is calling for seamless communication and data transfer between stakeholders during all phases of construction.

Sittimont Kanjanabootra 

Dr Sittimont Kanjanabootra is inspired – in my ways – by Lego. Indeed, the talented researcher concedes there's much to learn and gain from the hugely popular children's toy, believing its proven and time-honoured sustainable, smart thinking is key to lifting the Asia Pacific's tired building industry. The interlocking plastic blocks may be miniature, but their impact is mammoth and enduring.

"My overarching aim is to understand the process and issues surrounding construction management," he shares.

"I want to improve its efficiency and effectiveness."

Employed as a design engineer in his native Thailand before entering academia at RMIT, Sittimont experienced firsthand the problems associated with forming different facilities. Whilst teaching, he was encouraged to undertake a PhD in 2008. This systematic teaching and training offered the bilinguist an inside look at the lifecycle of industry projects – from earliest conception to demolition.

"I saw the same old complications repeated over and over again," he recalls.

"While there's no single solution, I like to think they can be adequately addressed so they don't occur more than once."

"Working through the smaller concerns will hopefully help us piece together a bigger picture of what is actually going on."

Sensible streamlining

Sittimont joined the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre at the Swinburne University of Technology after receiving his award in 2011, signing on to partake in a 12-month assignment on offsite manufacturing.

"It's not entirely new, but it can be very useful," he contends.

"The purpose is to minimise activity on construction sites in order to help teams better control health and safety aspects of the job."

"All that can be premade is premade in a factory and shipped to the location to be put together like Lego."

"To be able to do this, however, the industry needs to change its way of thinking."

With this and several other requirements in mind, Sittimont and his colleagues created new and highly useable software for stakeholder facilitation for off-site manufacturing adoption in large-scale construction projects.

"We developed an evaluation and checklist tool," he describes.

"Though only a prototype, it can identify and notify each person involved in a particular project at every step of the construction process."

Following the completion of this ambitious task, Sittimont became a University of Newcastle Postdoctoral Research Fellow in November 2012.

Shared knowledge

Sittimont is currently working across a number of research areas, most recently collaborating with Dr Yuri Totoev from the UON School of Engineering.

"Yuri created a semi-interlocking brick, which, again like Lego, connects to other bricks of its kind using just a mechanical pin and small hole," he elaborates.

"Together with a handful of Masters and PhD students, we're exploring how to apply it to real-life building situations."

A master at multitasking, Sittimont is also looking at ways to "effectively manage" the massive amounts of information that are collected and disseminated during construction.

"Our industry is incredibly fast-paced," he comments.

"Personnel from a range of different companies work together on a single project for 4 or 5 years."

"Once it's complete, that team separates and join new projects with completely new faces."

 "So as you can imagine, it's easy to get confused and caught up in the details – especially when you're assigned to multiple projects at the same time."

Pointing to Building Information Modelling (BIM) as the likeliest of administrative heroes, Sittimont asserts it and other forms of information technology could and should be taken full advantage of when it comes to organising communication materials.

"BIM is a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a facility that assists in planning and decision-making," he explains.

"I'm passing the tool on to my students so by the time they finish their degree they will be well-equipped, or at the very least, have seen and used it and require very little training in the workforce."

Making the most of what you've got

Sittimont is also teaming up with UON colleague Professor Peter Davis, experimenting with analyses of big data sets to reveal patterns and trends within the construction industry.

"We're in the process of collecting project report submissions from the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building," he reveals.

"Every year, the national body calls for awards nominations."

"What we're doing with the information, however, is scanning it with the help of a computer to more fully understand what builders and managers and other personnel think of the term 'innovation.'"

"Once we know this, we can either seek to promote it more, or better align it with government definitions."

Joining forces soon with a PhD candidate from Malaysia as well, Sittimont is doing the same thing with Building Operational Data.

"When a facility is finished, it will be handed over to the client and eventually to the Building Operation Team," he clarifies.

"It's then added to a database for additional operations on the data, such as energy and water."

"Our aim is to help the hotel industry make smarter uses of their resources."

A progressive strategy

Perhaps the most intriguing of research assignments in Sittimont's portfolio comes in the form of a digital display of the 2012 Blue Mountains' bushfires. He has spent the last two years establishing another collaborative network with scholars from Taiwan, China, Canada and Australia, using their collective knowledge to inform the design and implementation of a pinpoint accurate computer model.

"We've recreated that specific tragedy as told to us by the local community and other information inputs, such as the location's topography," he affirms.

"It allows us to generate multiple scenarios, and in doing so, assist people to handle similar situations better in the future."

"We call it 'Plan A to Plan K."

Acknowledging disaster management to be a "tricky and sometimes dangerous" professional area, Sittimont has also developed a scenario-based computer game to safely teach his undergraduates lessons from the frontline.

"This way they can study and learn real-life things from home," he suggests.

"I'm in the middle of drafting a grant application to the Office of Teaching and Learning to expand what is now just a 'proof of concept.'"

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Career Summary

Biography

Dr Sittimont Kanjanabootra is a practicing Design Mechanical and Construction Engineer with 4 years practical experience working in the Construction Industry on projects including high rise apartment complexes, warehouses, multi-storey shopping centres, hotel renovations, resorts and office buildings. Dr Sittimont's PhD at RMIT University was a study of design and implementation of engineering knowledge management systems in Australia.The thesis was nominated for the Australian Professors Award for most outstanding thesis. Dr Sittimont has worked for Meinhardt Thailand, an Engineering Consulting company in construction; for RMIT University lecturing; and for the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre at Swinburne University.

Research Expertise
Dr Sittimont Kanjanabootra research in Construction Management areas include:

1. Ontologies of Construction Knowledge

2. Effectiveness of Information and Knowledge Sharing in Construction Projects

3. Improved design and domain knowledge sharing in Construction

4. Construction Management in Asia. 5. Off-Site manufacturing in construction. 6 Construction Knowledge management systems.

Teaching Expertise
1) Systems Analysis and Design

2) Business Operations

3) Research Methodology

Collaborations
Past research collaborations were with QUT (Prof Arthur ter Hofstede, Dr Moe Wynn, Dr Chun Ouyang) on business process modelling in off-site manufacturing in construction; with Prof Russell Kenley and Dr Toby Harfield on off-site manufacturing in the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre on adoption evaluation tools in off-site manufacturing construction. Currently project collaborations include: 1. Improved design and knowledge seeking in Construction with a numbers of practitioners from Thailand, partially funded by the Royal Thai Government. 2. Improving information management during inspection stage in construction process 3. Knowledge sharing in design process project with Prof Tony Williams and A/Prof Willy Sher


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science (Technical Educ - Mech Eng), King Mongkuts Institute of Technology - Thailand
  • Master of Science (Technical Educ-Mechanical Tech), King Mongkuts Institute of Technology - Thailand

Keywords

  • Construction processes
  • Knowledge Management System
  • N/A
  • Ontology
  • Process Mining

Languages

  • Thai (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning 40
120299 Building not elsewhere classified 40
120402 Engineering Design Knowledge 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Post Doc Research Fellow University of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2013 - 31/12/2013 Membership - International Council for Research and Innovation In Building and Construction International Council for Research and Innovation In Building and Construction
Australia
1/02/2012 - 1/10/2012 Research Associate Swinburne University of Technology, VIC
Business & Law
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/2003 - 1/03/2008 Mechanical engineer Meinhardt
Thailand
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Publications

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


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Kanjanabootra S, Corbitt B, 'The critical role of information systems skills in building science and construction management', Information Technology and Systems for the Curious: Top Professors' Perspectives on College/University Major, Scholarships, Research Issues, and Career Options (Kindle Edition), The Curious Academic Publishing, Online --- (2015) [B2]

Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Kanjanabootra S, Corbitt B, 'Reproducing knowledge in construction expertise: a reflexive theory, critical approach', Construction Management and Economics, 1-17 (2016)

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group An auto-ethnography and then analyses of narratives and ethnographies of other construction professionals are used to... [more]

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group An auto-ethnography and then analyses of narratives and ethnographies of other construction professionals are used to argue that reproduction of knowledge and expertise development is constrained by both normative professional thinking and a discourse of economic constraint generated by a highly competitive marketplace with a focus on time, cost, and quality trade-offs. The analysis of construction professionals¿ narratives suggests that expertise development in construction is essentially an incremental process built on scenarios and influenced mostly by context and people, discourses of practices, legalities and professional expectations. Sometimes that incrementalism is distorted through radical innovation, but that is rare. Construction expertise in these stories is reproduced from base level learning and grows through practice. Practitioners, it is argued, accumulate knowledge and expertise, but the practice that emanates remains bounded within prevailing discourse which itself changes incrementally.

DOI 10.1080/01446193.2016.1151064
2016 Kanjanabootra S, Corbitt B, 'Re-contextualizing extra-national policy in the Thai construction industry within the new ASEAN economic community', Engineering Project Organization Journal, (2016)
DOI 10.1080/21573727.2016.1169401
2015 Matschullat J, Armbrecht L H, Bachor H, Bremhorst K, Christian M, Kanjanabootra S, et al., 'An Interhemispheric Perspective on Environment and Energy', International Journal of Performability Engineering, 11 589-603 (2015) [C1]
2015 Kanjanabootra S, 'Who's on the other side of the table? Power perceptions in construction projects¿Thai case studies', Engineering Project Organization Journal, 5 63-76 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/21573727.2015.1014805
2013 Kanjanabootra S, Corbitt B, Nicholls M, 'Evaluating knowledge management systems efficacy and effectiveness in a design science context', Journal of Systems and Information Technology, 15 324-346 (2013) [C1]

Purpose: This paper aims to propose a framework for the evaluation of artefacts in Design Science and test it using an exemplar case of a knowledge management system (KMS) develop... [more]

Purpose: This paper aims to propose a framework for the evaluation of artefacts in Design Science and test it using an exemplar case of a knowledge management system (KMS) developed for an Australian refrigeration manufacturing company. Design/methodology/approach: The research uses Design Science research methodology in a specific case study context. The artefact studied was developed using an ontology based on an engineering design conceptualisation and created using an ontology generator, Protégé. Research data for the evaluation of the framework were collected using a combination of document analysis, interviews, shadowing and observations. Findings: The evaluation framework developed for the research and applied to the KMS specifically built for the company was shown to be useful in determining the efficacy and effectiveness of the research outcomes in terms of usefulness to the company engineers in the technical analysis of their work, and for the CEO and COO as part of their strategic planning for the company. The evaluation framework helped the researcher and the engineers as collaborators to demonstrate the extent of improvement in the design and build processes in the company. Originality/value: Prior research in both Information System and Design Science has not provided a specific, generalizable, evaluation framework for system developers to use as a guide during the systems development process. This research proposes an evaluation framework which covers all broad aspects of evaluation and efficacy, accepting that evaluation frameworks must be flexible in enabling changes to accommodate variations in the types and purposes of artefacts developed. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

DOI 10.1108/JSIT-08-2013-0041
Citations Scopus - 2
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Conference (20 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 Willy Sher, Kim Maund
2015 Doanh P, Von Meding JK, Kanjanabootra S, Luu C, 'Theoretical Framework for Dam Safety Risk Assessment for Vietnam' (2015)
Co-authors Jason Vonmeding
2015 Luu C, von Meding J, Kanjanabootra S, Pham D, 'Resettlement in Vietnam's Hydro Power Industry: Policies and Social Impact Assessment' (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Jason Vonmeding
2015 Kanjanabootra S, 'Change in the Thai construction industry under the new ASEAN economic community: real or assumed change?', Working Paper Proceedings: Engineering Project Organization Conference (2015) [E1]
2015 Luu T, Von Meding JK, Kanjanabootra S, Pham D, 'A proposed flood risk assessment method for Central Vietnam', Proceedings ANDROID Residential Doctoral School: 5th International Conference on Building Resilience (2015) [E1]
Co-authors Jason Vonmeding
2014 Kanjanabootra S, 'Differentiated Power Perceptions in Construction Projects ¿ Thai Case Studies', Working PaperSeries, Proceedings of the Engineering Project Organization Conference (2014) [E1]
2014 Luu TDC, Von Meding J, Kanjanabootra S, Luu CH, 'Flood mitigation through hydropower dam management in Vietnam', Proceedings of the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference: Integrative Risk Management - The Role of Science, Technology and Practice, IDRC Davos 2014 (2014) [E1]

Vietnam is vulnerable to multiple hazards, particularly in the central region. Flood damage statistics show that this part of the country is impacted by both unfavourable terrain,... [more]

Vietnam is vulnerable to multiple hazards, particularly in the central region. Flood damage statistics show that this part of the country is impacted by both unfavourable terrain, and human interference leading to environmental damage. Such damage is often a result of poorly planned and managed forestry and hydropower plants. This paper examines the key vulnerabilities present in Vietnam while investigating the key problems in the development of hydropower in Vietnam; environmental impacts, design and construction of dams and the operation of dams.

Co-authors Jason Vonmeding
2014 Forghani R, Totoev YZ, Kanjanabootra S, 'Experimental investigation of the water penetration through semi interlocking masonry (SIM) walls' (2014)
Co-authors Yuri Totoev
2013 Kanjanabootra S, 'The impact of information sharing misalignment in the Thai construction industry', Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (2013) [E1]
2013 Vo Tran H, Kanjanabootra S, Macauley P, Corbitt B, 'Information management/sharing problems during the inspection stage of construction: A case study in Australia', Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (2013) [E1]
2013 Vo Tran H, Kanjanabootra S, 'Information sharing problems among stakeholders in the construction industry at the inspection stage: A case study', Proceedings of the 19th CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane 2013: Construction and Society (2013) [E1]
2013 Huan V-T, Corbitt B, Kanjanabootra S, Macauley P, 'Information Sharing Problems and Construction Efficiency', PROCEEDINGS OF THE 4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT AND EVALUATION (ICIME 2013) (2013) [E1]
2012 Kenley R, Kanjanabootra S, Zhang P, Ouyang C, Wynn M, 'Procuring OSM: Base-line models of off-site manufacturing business in Australia', Procuring OSM: Base-line models of off-site manufacturing business in Australia (2012) [E1]
2012 Kanjanabootra S, 'Re-use of domain knowledge to provide confidence for adoption of off-site manufacturing for construction in Australia', Re-use of domain knowledge to provide confidence for adoption of off-site manufacturing for construction in Australia (2012) [E1]
2012 Kenley R, Kanjanabootra S, Toby H, 'Greening Australian construction procurement: stakeholder development of an off-site Manufacture adoption tool', Greening Australian construction procurement: stakeholder development of an off-site Manufacture adoption tool (2012) [E1]
2012 Kanjanabootra S, Corbitt BJ, Nicholls M, 'Analysing business processes to manage and resolve strategic issues in a manufacturing business', Proceedings of the 23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems 2012 (2012) [E1]
2011 Kanjanabootra S, 'The strategic value of targeted knowledge management - case study of an Australian refrigeration company', The strategic value of targeted knowledge management ¿ case study of an Australian refrigeration company (2011) [E1]
2011 Kanjanabootra S, 'Capture, analyse and decide: using knowledge management as a strategic tool in refrigeration product design', Capture, analyse and decide: using knowledge management as a strategic tool in refrigeration product design (2011) [E2]
2010 Kanjanabootra S, 'Addressing knowledge capture issues for business continuity', QualIT 2010 Proceedings (2010) [E1]
2009 Kanjanabootra S, 'Improving business value through an improved product development process using knowledge engineering', Improving business value through an improved product development process using knowledge engineering (2009) [E3]
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Kanjanabootra S, Improving strategic business performance with knowledge management: a case study of a refrigeration company, RMIT University (2011) [T3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 6
Total funding $166,250

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


20161 grants / $70,000

Disaster Resilience Education Capacity Building in South-East Asia$70,000

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding body Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project Team Doctor Jason Von Meding, Doctor Sittimont Kanjanabootra, Doctor Helen Giggins, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Associate Professor Jamie MacKee, Professor Mario Delos Reyes, Dr Sharifah Syed Zakaria, Dr Indrajit Pal, Professor Hung Pham
Scheme Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) grants program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1501214
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20152 grants / $51,200

Modelling disaster resilience: enhancing student learning through trans-disciplinary simulation of wicked scenarios (RES-SIM)$50,000

Funding body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Funding body Office for Learning and Teaching
Project Team Doctor Jason Von Meding, Doctor Sittimont Kanjanabootra, Doctor Helen Giggins, Dr Vanessa Cooper
Scheme Seed Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401485
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

2015 Engineering Project Organizations Conference (EPOCH) - Engineering Growth, Edinburgh Scotland, 24-26 June 2015$1,200

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Sittimont Kanjanabootra
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500813
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20141 grants / $38,250

Resilience Education Australia-China-Taipei (REACT) Network$38,250

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding body Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project Team Doctor Jason Von Meding, Doctor Thayaparan Gajendran, Associate Professor Jamie MacKee, Doctor Helen Giggins, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Doctor Sittimont Kanjanabootra, Professor Qian Ye, Professor Zhangang Han, Associate Professor Yanli Lue, Associate Professor Wan-yu Shih, Associate Professor Jie-Ying Wu, Associate Professor Wen-Yen Lin
Scheme Australia-China Council Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400533
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20132 grants / $6,800

Effectiveness of Information Sharing in Construction Project$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Sittimont Kanjanabootra
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1201213
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Knowledge Sharing Misalignment Identification in the Thai Construction Industry$1,800

Funding body: University of Melbourne

Funding body University of Melbourne
Project Team Doctor Sittimont Kanjanabootra
Scheme Asia Institute Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300163
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.9

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Developing of the Implementation of Modern Methods of Construction in Australia's Construction Industry
PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Developing an integrated flood risk assessment framework for Central Vietnam
PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Challenges Associated with Implementing BIM-Enabled Code-Checking Systems Within the Design Process
PhD (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 Masters Experimental Investigation of Water Penetration and Thermal Insulation Properties of Semi Interlocking Masonry (SIM) Walls
M Philosophy (Civil Eng), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 7
Viet Nam 1
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News

Australia-ASEAN Council funding for disaster resiliance

Australia-ASEAN Council funding for Disaster Resilience

January 8, 2016

A team of UON researchers have secured funding of $77,000 in the inaugural round of the Australia-ASEAN Council grant program for their project 'Disaster Resilience Education Capacity Building in South-East Asia'.

Dr Sittimont Kanjanabootra

Position

Post Doc Research Fellow
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Contact Details

Email sittimont.kanjanabootra@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6396

Office

Room AG03
Building Architecture Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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