Deterioration Prediction for Community Buildings in Australia

By Hessam Mohseni, Sujeeva Setunge, Guomin Zhang, Ruwini Edirisinghe and Ronald Wakefield.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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Sustainable management and new design of public buildings for long term performance require a good understanding of the deterioration process, which is a function of many parameters. A good management model requires an integration of the building attributes, condition data collection method, deterioration prediction and the decision making both at management and procurement stages. A current research project at RMIT University in Melbourne is aimed at developing a reliability based approach for efficient management of community buildings.

The paper presents a comprehensive review of the current building management practices of six local councils in Australia, and captures the gaps in knowledge which hinders an efficient management process. In seeking a better solution, a comprehensive review of literature has been conducted to identify a suitable deterioration prediction method which can be developed and validated using existing condition data obtained from local councils. Paper presents a comparison of the different methods of deterioration prediction, analyses the advantages and disadvantages and presents the hybrid approach proposed based on the Markov process selected for the current project. The process for implementation of the new method is outlined with a sample set of condition data selected from one of the local councils in Australia.

Keywords: Deterioration Prediction, Community Buildings, Asset Management, Sustainable Management, Condition Monitoring, Markov process

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.175-196. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.188MB).

Hessam Mohseni

PHD Student, School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Hessam Mohseni is a PhD candidate in Civil Engineering at the School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering at RMIT University in Melbourne. Hessam finished his Master of Engineering Structures in 2009 from the University of Melbourne after years of experience in industrial construction sites and oil and gas consultancy firm. Hessam obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Azad University – Qazvin branch in Iran. His research areas have been dynamic analysis of structures, deterioration prediction and optimized decision making in infrastructure management projects.

A/Prof. Sujeeva Setunge

Discipline Head of Environment Engineering, RMIT University, Australia

Sujeeva Setunge is an Associate Professor and Discipline Head in Environmental Engineering at the School of Civil Environmental and Chemical Engineering at RMIT University in Melbourne. Prior to joining RMIT Sujeeva has worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer at Monash University. She obtained her Ph.D from Monash University, Australia in 1993 and B.Sc (Eng) Hons1 in Civil Engineering from University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka. Her research interests are in the areas of infrastructure management, risk analysis, concrete structures and materials, reliability based methods in deterioration prediction and innovative and sustainable construction materials.

Dr. Guomin Zhang

Senior Lecturer, RMIT University, Australia

Dr. Guomin (Kevin) Zhang is the Program Director of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering and Senior Lecturer in Construction Management at RMIT University. Prior to that, he used to work at Queensland University of Technology, Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation, the University of New South Wales and Victoria University. His major research interest includes project risk management, decision making, contract and procurement, sustainable built environment, construction innovation (including constructability), carbon neutral construction, etc. He has published over seventy technical articles and led and completed a few research projects in the disciplines of project management and sustainable built environment. He has also obtained extensive project management experience through working in a variety of construction projects and providing consultancy services to major construction and development companies in P.R. China and Australia. He is a member of Australia Institute of Project Management, Charter Institute of Building, and Australian Institute of Concrete. He is a regular reviewer for Construction Management and Economics, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE), Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, and International Journal of Construction Management.

Dr. Ruwini Edirisinghe

Research Assistant, RMIT University, Australia

Dr. Ruwini Edirisinghe is a research fellow in the school of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering at RMIT University. Ruwini’s major research interests include Building Management, Infrastructure Reliability Analysis, Remote Monitoring, Green Building Automation, Sustainable Built Environment, Engineering Education and Curriculum Redesign, Mobile and Pervasive Computing, Sensor Network Applications etc. Ruwini is a member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She is an Endeavour post doctoral research fellow and is involved in European and Asian collaborative research projects. She serves number of international conferences as a program committee member and journals as a reviewer. Ruwini received her PhD in Information Technology from Monash University, Australia in 2009. Ruwini worked in lecturer and teaching assistant positions at Monash University and Supervised Masters by Research students in Pervasive and Mobile Computing. Ruwini was graduated with First Class Honours from bachelor of engineering specialised in Computer Science & Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2003. Ruwini is qualified to intermediate level with Chartered Accountants Examinations at Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL). Ruwini has industry experience in multi-national IT companies providing software and hardware solutions to apparel industry, stock exchanges and ERP customization.

Prof. Ronald Wakefield

RMIT Uniersity, Australia