Recent Submissions

  • The effect of vapour-control membrane technology on indoor air quality in buildings 

    Berry, Terri-Ann; Chiswell, Jordan H.D (International Proceedings of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, 2015-11)
    The impact of the inclusion of a vapour check membrane in timber buildings on indoor air quality, measured as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), was determined by Photo Ionization Detection. Two identical buildings were ...
  • Understanding water quality in Raglan Harbour 

    Greer, S. D.; McIntosh, R.; Harrison, S.; Phillips, David; Mead, S. (Engineers Australia and IPENZ, 2015-09)
    Raglan (Whaingaroa) Harbour is located on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island and is bordered by the Raglan township on the southern side close to the entrance. Land use in the watershed is dominated by dairy ...
  • Application of climate change adaptation, resilience, and beach management strategies on coral Islands 

    Mead, Shaw; Borrero, Jose; Phillips, David; Atkin, Ed (Engineers Australia and IPENZ, 2015-09)
    Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are particularly vulnerable to climate change, climate variability and sea level rise. For many island nations, the very existence of some low-lying islands and their associated ...
  • Climate change, natural hazards and the Auckland Unitary Plan : too little too late? 

    Murphy, Chris (Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, 2015-09)
    Natural hazards remain a substantial risk for the people of Auckland, its property and its infrastructure. With over 3100 km of coastline and extensive urbanization, Auckland remains vulnerable to hazardous coastal erosion ...
  • How do you like your BIM? 

    McGarrigle, Malachy (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), 2015-07)
    This paper’s objective is to investigate what practitioners across various disciplines in NZ construction including academia expect to find in BIM models. What specific information do they actually want from models and can ...
  • Soft skill requirements in a BIM project team 

    Davies, Kathryn; McMeel, Dermott; Wilkinson, Suzanne (International Council For Research And Innovation In Building And Construction (CIB), 2015-10)
    Building Information Modelling (BIM) o ers the possibility of prototyping building design and construction options in a simulated system, before construction begins, o ering the potential for improvements in productivity, ...
  • Loss of land surface resulting from sea level rise and climate change 

    Tutulic, Marija R.; Shamseldin, Asaad; De Costa, Gregory (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, 2015-07)
    The sea level rise in the Wellington Region has been studied recently and results have been presented in the report Sea-level variability and trends: Wellington Region (Bell and Hannah, 2012). In the last 100 years the sea ...
  • Changes to water resources resulting from sea level rise and climate change 

    Tutulic, Marija R.; Shamseldin, Asaad; De Costa, Gregory (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, 2015-07)
    This paper highlights investigation and the impacts of the changes in groundwater table caused by sea level rise due to climate change in Whaiwhetu Aquifer, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. The aquifer is located in coastal zone ...
  • How well did a multi-stakeholder management framework for remote sites model the realities on and off-site of a Scottish Highlands infrastructure marine project : reflective case study 

    Kestle, Linda (Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, 2015-06-10)
    The next 20 years will see inward investment of up to £100 billion in construction (and energy) projects in northern Scotland, particularly in the Highlands and Islands. The majority of these projects will take place in ...
  • Utilizing wave polarization in microwave characterization of heterogeneous anisotropic materials with application to the wood industry 

    Bogosanovic, Mirjana; Emms, Grant (International Conference on Sensing Technology, 2014-09)
    This paper presents a novel approach to microwave non-contact, non-destructive testing of wood, investigating additional indicators of wood structure, in particular the significance of wave polarization in transmission ...
  • Effects of seasonal growth rings on the microwave measurement of wood 

    Holmes, Wayne; Bogosanovic, Mirjana; Emms, Grant; Mukhopadyay, S. (International Conference on Sensing Technology, 2014-09)
    In order to determine more accurate indicators of wood structure obtained by microwave sensing and improve our understanding of plane wave propagation through this complex material, we have undertaken a permittivity survey ...
  • Impacts of an innovative construction method on internal conditions 

    Birchmore, Roger; Pivac, Andy; Tait, Robert (2014-09)
    New Zealand houses are known for producing sub-optimal internal thermal conditions and unacceptably high internal relative humidities. These contribute to poor levels of health, mould and can coincide with the decay of ...
  • Health and safety practices in the Christchurch rebuild - how relevant is the Heinrich Safety Pyramid? 

    Seward, Mark; Kestle, Linda (Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 2014)
    Health and Safety is at the forefront of the construction sector projects in New Zealand particularly as the post-earthquake rebuild gets underway in Christchurch. Health and Safety best practice on all project sites needs ...
  • Cost benefit analysis of apprenticeships to the employers apprentices and the NZ Construction industry 

    Hogarth, Blake; Kestle, Linda (2014-09)
    The Auckland construction sector is currently faced with a skills shortage which has the potential to impede the industry’s further development. The research focused on the potential of carpentry apprenticeship programmes ...
  • 5D BIM in a consulting quantity surveying environment 

    Harrison, Curtis; Thurnell, Derek (Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MoBIE), 2014)
    BIM is triggering a revolution in the construction industry, and the concept known as 5D BIM, which ultimately is concerned with a cost dimension being added to objects contained within the BIM model, has the potential to ...
  • Attitudes and perceptions towards early contractor involvement procurement 

    Francis, Steven; Kiroff, Lydia (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 2015-07-08)
    Early contractor involvement (ECI) procurement is a relatively recent development in construction, which allows the contractor to have input into the design phase of a project. In comparison, under traditional construction ...
  • Longitudinal study of the success rates of a cohort of New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil) domestic students 

    Chai, Ted; Leaver, Jonathan (Institution of Engineers Australia, 2014)
    BACKGROUND Low success rates in the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering - Civil (NZDE) in 2011 were a cause for concern. The average success rate of the eight compulsory courses in the first year of study in the NZDE was ...
  • Analysis of employability skills for civil engineers in New Zealand 

    Sharma, Madhvi; De Costa, Gregory; Heyzer, Daymon (Institution of Engineers Australia, 2014-12)
    Background The transition from university to a career in civil engineering is a challenging process. This study examined the perceptions of engineering graduates regarding the difficulties they encountered in their ...
  • Wairaka Stream Daylighting Project 

    Estrin, Avi; Phillips, David (Water New Zealand, 2014)
    Coinciding with the Unitec environmental sustainability strategy daylighting of the Wairaka stream is at the heart of creating positive environmental change on campus. Currently part of the stream flows through a 70m culvert ...
  • Asbestos remediation in the Cook Islands : a long-term solution for making schools safer 

    Berry, Terri-Ann; Wairepo, Daniel (Unitec Institute of Technology, 2015-12-22)
    Asbestos contamination in the South Pacific originates mainly from construction products containing asbestos (SPREP, 2011). In Rarotonga, asbestos contamination in the soil surrounding two schools examined (Nikao Maori and ...

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