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.
- Arashpour, M.,Wakefield, R.,Blismas, N.,Abbasi, B. (2016). Quantitative analysis of rate-driven and due date-driven construction: production efficiency, supervision, and controllability in residential projects In: Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 142, 1 - 11
- Edirisinghe, R.,Stranieri, A.,Blismas, N. (2016). Information visualisation for the wicked problem of safe construction design In: Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 12, 296 - 310
- Saunders, L.,McCoy, A.,Kleiner, B.,Lingard, H.,Cooke, T.,Mills, T.,Blismas, N.,Wakefield, R. (2016). International benchmarking for performance improvement in construction safety and health In: Benchmarking, 23, 916 - 936
- Arashpour, M.,Wakefield, R.,Blismas, N.,Maqsood, T. (2015). Autonomous production tracking for augmenting output in off-site construction In: Automation in Construction, 53, 13 - 21
- Lingard, H.,Zhang, P.,Blismas, N.,Wakefield, R.,Kleiner, B. (2015). Are we on the same page? Exploring construction professionals' mental models of occupational health and safety In: Construction Management and Economics, 33, 73 - 84
- Saunders, L.,Kleiner, B.,McCoy, A.,Lingard, H.,Mills, T.,Blismas, N.,Wakefield, R. (2015). The effect of early supplier engagement on social sustainability outcomes in project-based supply chains In: Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 21, 285 - 295
- Edirisinghe, R.,Blismas, N. (2015). A prototype of smart clothing for construction work health and safety In: Proceedings of CIB W099 International Health and Safety Conference: Benefitting Workers and Society through Inherently Safe(r) Construction (CIB W099), Belfast, Northern Ireland, 9-11 September 2015
- Zhang, R.,Lingard, H.,Blismas, N.,Wakefield, R.,Kleiner, B. (2015). An image-based tool for work health and safety (WHS) risk perception communication In: Proceedings of CIB W099 International Health and Safety Conference: Benefitting Workers and Society through Inherently Safe(r) Construction (CIB W099), Belfast, Northern Ireland, 9-11 September 2015
- Edirisinghe, R.,Stranieri, A.,Blismas, N.,Harley, J. (2015). Perceptions of fa�ade risks: a preliminary analysis towards presentation of knowledge graphically In: Proceedings of CIB W099 International Health and Safety Conference: Benefitting Workers and Society through Inherently Safe(r) Construction (CIB W099), Belfast, Northern Ireland, 9-11 September 2015
- Pirzadeh, P.,Lingard, H.,Blismas, N.,Mills, T.,Kleiner, B. (2015). Proactive evaluation of occupational health and safety performance in construction projects using the hierarchy of controls concept In: Proceedings of CIB W099 International Health and Safety Conference: Benefitting Workers and Society through Inherently Safe(r) Construction (CIB W099), Belfast, Northern Ireland, 9-11 September 2015
- RMIT RP4 program leader start-up. Funded by: Energy Pipelines CRC from (2015 to 2015)
- From finger-pointing to lifesaving: A 'supply chain' approach to construction OSH . Funded by: Construction Program (NIOSH) Grant pre-2014 from (2009 to 2015)
- 'Safe as Houses': Investigating how the concurrent design of product and process can improve productivity and safety within house construction. Funded by: RMIT Research Leave Awards from (2009 to 2009)
- From finger pointing to life saving: defining professional responsibility for health and safety in construction design. Funded by: ARC Discovery 2008 from (2008 to 2012)
- An analysis of the extent to which design in buildings or structures is a contributory factor in construction fatalities. Funded by: CIOB Australasia Research Grant pre-2014 from (2008 to 2009)
1 PhD Current Supervisions6 PhD Completions and 2 Masters by Research Completions