Nick is an Adjunct Professor in Construction Management. His research focuses on construction health and safety and production systems.
Nick’s main research fields include: construction OHS, and offsite manufacture and housing production. His research has always been industry focused, involving significant numbers of collaborating organisations. He has published extensively from his research, including book chapters, industry reports and over 70 academic publications.
His OHS related projects and industry outputs include: The model client: Promoting safe construction, published by The Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (Australian Government); Guide to Best Practice for Safer Construction, published by the Cooperative Research Centre in Construction Innovation; Tool for Safety and Health through Design (ToolSHeD), published as an online prototype; Australian Constructors Association (ACA) reports and Stakeholder engagement tools (with Virginia Tech, US).
His offsite and housing production research outputs include: Offsite Manufacture in Australia: Current state and future directions, published by CRC-Construction Innovation Publications and Concrete Prefabricated Housing via Advances in systems Technologies published by Cement, Concrete, Aggregates Australia (CCAA). He continues to undertake research in housing production systems.
Nick has held numerous research grants as Chief Investigator (several as first-named CI). These include grants from the Australian Research Council (both Linkage and Discovery); CRC in Construction Innovation, AusIndustry, NIOSH (USA), DCITA and direct industry funding such as the ACA.
Nick has held positions in the School of Property, Construction and Project Management's Executive, Research Committees and was Director of the Centre for Construction Workplace Health and Safety Research. He has also served on RMIT's Design and Social Context College Research Committee for several years.
He is a sessional teacher and active researcher in the School, with an extensive research record covering areas such as construction OHS and offsite manufacturing. He holds or has completed several competitive research grant projects (e.g. ARC, AusIndustry, ITOL). He has also completed numerous industry-focused research projects funded by industry and other organisations.
- Bachelor of Science (Zoology and Physiology majors) – 1990
- Bachelor of Science (Building) – 1994
- Doctor of Philosophy (Loughborough University) – 2002
Nick worked in industry between 1994 and 1997 in various roles ranging from junior project manager to project coordinator. Most his time was spent on the Shell RVI program in Southern Africa. In 2016 he returned to industry, focusing on opportunities to integrate his construction research knowledge in remote imaging applications.