Srinath Perera

Srinath Perera
Western Sydney University · School of Engineering Design and Built Enviornment

PhD, MSc IT, BSc (Hons) QS, MRICS, AAIQS, FAIB, FRSN MICCPM

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Introduction
Srinath Perera is the Chair Professor of Built Environment & Construction Management at the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University. He is also the Director of the Centre for Smart Modern Construction c4SMC. Srinath does research in Blockchains and Fintech in Construction, Sustainability, Information Systems (Business Informatics), PPP and Carbon Management.
Additional affiliations
September 2009 - present
Northumbria University
Position
  • Professor (Full)
September 2009 - June 2016
Northumbria University
Position
  • Professor (Full)
December 1991 - May 2003
University of Moratuwa
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
October 1994 - September 1997
University of Salford
Field of study
  • Artificial Inteligence/Project Management
September 1993 - October 1994
University of Salford
Field of study
  • IT in Property & Construction
January 1987 - December 1991
University of Moratuwa
Field of study
  • Quantity Surveying

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Publications (246)
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Blockchain technology has been proposed as a potential solution for coordinating information and trust to aid the development of a single source of the truth data model, going beyond peer-to-peer cash transactions. It is, therefore, argued that the construction supply chain (CSC) will resolve issues related to the lack of reliable platforms for con...
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Offsite construction (OSC) in Southeast Asia is facing many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite its importance, there is scant research on this topic in the region. This study aims to review OSC and identify determinants of success and their correlation with success after the pandemic in the Southeast Asian region. This paper follows a...
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The need to control and reduce greenhouse gases has become urgent throughout the world. Emissions trading has been established to be a reasonable panacea in curbing future levels of emissions. Carbon trading systems were originally not designed for the construction industry and has little application in the construction sectors. The overall aim of...
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Purpose: Industry 4.0 is exacerbating the need for offsite construction (OSC) adoption, and this rapid transformation is pushing the boundaries of construction skills towards extensive modernisation. The adoption of this modern production strategy by the construction industry would redefine the position of OSC. This study aims to examine whether th...
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The digital transformation of design and construction has been chaotic and ad-hoc. This has necessitated the need for clear guidelines and strategic frameworks to guide designers and builders. This paper aims to develop a strategic framework for assessing the digital maturity of design and construction in the Australian context. This research is co...
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The rapid growth of population and associated urbanization and economic development calls for increased demand for infrastructure development to meet ongoing and future demands. A better understanding of the waste management (WM) processes would help to manage large volumes of waste effectively at construction sites, maximise the value of resources...
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Building users' comfort and satisfaction are significant factors in ensuring the overall productivity levels of its users. In recent times, considerable attention has been geared towards managing building occupants' comfort, energy use and improving the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) of buildings. However, little attention has been focused on t...
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Purpose Industry 4.0 is characterised by the exponential pace of technological innovations compelling organisations to transform or be displaced. Industry 4.0 transformation of construction enterprises lacks systematic guidance and notable earlier studies have utilised maturity models to map transformation of enterprises. This paper proposes a conc...
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Purpose – Despite a large amount of BIM data at the handover stage, it is still difficult to identify andeffectively isolate valuable construction supply chain (CSC) data that need to be reliably handed over foroperation. Moreover, the role of reconciling disparate data is usually played by one party. The integration ofblockchain and BIM is a plaus...
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Industry 4.0 driven technological advancements have accelerated the uptake of Offsite Construction (OSC), causing the need for re-skilling, up-skilling, and multi-skilling traditional onsite construction skills and competencies. The purpose of this paper is to develop a conceptual model that predicts OSC skills as a response to the OSC demand. The...
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The construction industry is increasingly under pressure to improve environmental performance and reduce environmental degradation, which often results from carbon emissions and a high volume of waste generated from unprecedented levels of development associated with urbanisation and industrialisation. Construction projects consume a significant am...
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The concept of digital twin (DT) has seen massive utilisation in digitally advanced industries. This has presented an opportunity to integrate the physical world to the digital world. Digitally advanced industries, including the manufacturing and automotive industries, have witnessed improvements in production because of the application of DT. Thes...
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The advent of industry 4.0 gave rise to an array of digital technologies, including digital twins (DTs). DTs present the opportunity to develop digital models, which can be continually updated using several data sources to predict physical assets’ current and future conditions. These models can be simulated for real-time predictions, optimisation,...
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Offsite construction (OSC) is gaining popularity against traditional onsite construction, owing to digitalised, productive, safe, sustainable, and cost and time-efficient construction project delivery. OSC embraces manufacturing and construction tasks. This integrated approach is changing the skills required to assure project success. As such, a ra...
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Blockchain was introduced as a digital currency management technology, which has disrupted various industries within the last decade. It contains a decentralised distributed ledger that is updated, shared and managed through a peer-to-peer network, hashing algorithm, public-key cryptography and consensus mechanism. The salient features of blockchai...
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Project management standards, like PMBOK, have had a considerable role in developing this field of knowledge and promoting it as a professional expertise in project-oriented industries, such as the construction industry. The latest version of PMBOK, seventh edition—2021, has been released with substantial changes, and the conventional process-based...
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The tender process is an inseparable step of the contract award process in the public sector, and from the other point of view, it is one of the crucial elements of the core business of construction contractors. Reviewing previous research reveals a gap in the application of a project’s detailed features and historical data to support the bid/no-bi...
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Digital twin (DT) is gaining increasing attention due to its ability to present digital replicas of existing assets, processes and systems. DT can integrate artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics to create real-time simulation models. These models learn and update from multiple data sources to predict their physical counterpa...
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Offsite construction (OSC) delivers multiple products that vary in design and building complexity. Considering the growing prevalence of OSC, a systematic categorization of OSC types can offer operational and macroeconomic benefits to the construction industry. The purpose of this study is to develop an OSC typology through a systematic process, as...
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The growing interest in Knowledge Management (KM) has led to increased attention to Social Network Analysis (SNA) as a tool to map the relationships in networks. SNA can be used to evaluate knowledge flows between project teams, contributing to collaborative working and improved performance. Similarly, it has the potential to be used for constructi...
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Blockchain can be introduced to use cases in the built environment where reliability of transaction records is paramount. Blockchain facilitates decentralised, cryptographically secure, trustworthy, and immutable recordkeeping of transactions. However, more research is urgently required to understand the process and complications in implementing bl...
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Conserving natural resources and reducing the pressure on the environment has become high in the agenda of sustainability. Though construction and demolition (C&D) waste have a high potential to yield a substantial amount of valuable resources into the economy, resource recovery from the C&D sector has not reached its maximum level yet. Waste tradi...
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Blockchain has received widespread attention among industry, government and academia. Blockchain technology was initially used for storing and validating cryptocurrency transactions; however, it could be used in other applications in various industries to resolve issues related to transparency, security, trust and so forth. This study developed Blo...
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This report reveals the shocking state of managing liquid waste in construction projects and identifies the benefits of liquid waste management. It investigates the current practice of Liquid waste management (LWM) and treatment including the legislative requirements related to LWM in construction projects.
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Construction contracts are known to be the most effective factor to address the challenging subject of risk-sharing between key stakeholders in a project. This study will be conducted for the early recognition of sources of uncertainty in construction contracts that are crucial to avoid when meeting the project objectives. To achieve this goal, a t...
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Construction project organization is a stressful working environment that exposes project management practitioners (PMPs) to poor mental health, which is a significant social and economic problem in Australia. The New South Wales (NSW) government, Australia government launched training on how businesses can attain mentally healthy workplaces throug...
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Selecting a better performing contractor at the procurement stage is crucial in achieving a successful outcome for a construction project. The construction industry lacks a systematic and purpose driven method to assess performance of contractors using objective metrics. There are many approaches to measuring construction performance, but most are...
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Carbon estimating plays a vital role in the construction industry. The current focus on introducing zero-carbon construction projects reduces operational carbon, at the expense of Embodied Carbon (EC). However, it is important to reduce overall net carbon emissions. There are various methods to estimate carbon, but the accuracy of these estimates i...
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Building information modeling (BIM) plays a critical role in the integration of different parties by acting as a centralized database defining their responsibilities and contractual obligations. However, resolution of conflicts among stakeholders remains a shortcoming of BIM. Blockchain is on a path to disrupt many aspects of businesses that deal w...
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Purpose The construction industry is a major generator of waste, which has a high potential to yield a substantial amount of waste into the economy as a valuable resource. Waste trading (WT) is a sustainable strategy for improving resource utilisation and transitioning the construction industry towards the circular economy. However, resource recove...
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Purpose Blockchain as an emerging technology has increased the interests within various industries because of its salient features. A potential application of blockchain for embodied carbon (EC) estimating is being explored. Though there are several databases/tools to estimate EC, the accuracy of estimates prepared using them is affected due to sev...
Technical Report
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The research report to be launched is the findings of the contract research led by chief investigators Professor Srinath Perera and Associate Professor Xiao-Hua Jin and supported by researchers Kasun Gunasekara and Marini Samaratunga. This research project set out to review the state of digitalisation of the class 2 (multi-unit) building sector of...
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The construction industry has dynamic supply chains with multiple suppliers usually engaged in short-term relationships. Government legislation, novel types of payment agreements, conventional information technology solutions, and supply chain management best practices have endeavoured to solve payment-related financial issues in the construction i...
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The construction industry is faced with numerous challenges including low productivity, lack of research and development, and poor technology advancements. Advances in digital technologies such as digital twin (DT) has seen enormous utilisations in digitally advanced industries including the manufacturing and automotive industries. It presents an o...
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The pre-project planning phase has a significant impact on the achievement of project objectives because during this stage, major decisions including involving contract strategies are made with a high degree of uncertainty. Studies show that the contract type can play a unique role in the achievement of project success. On the other hand, drilling...
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Blockchain technology was introduced more than a decade ago, and it has already begun to disrupt traditional business processes. After the recognition gained by Blockchain 1.0 for cryptocurrency transactions and Blockchain 2.0 for financial applications, there is a high demand for Blockchain 3.0, which focuses on using blockchain for various applic...
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The construction industry is currently responding to pressures of industrialization happening across all sectors. Consequently, Offsite Construction (OSC) has become a vehicle to achieve industrialization. This requires changes in traditional construction processes resulting in possible changes in construction skill requirements. Accordingly, the p...
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Construction procurement is a process that enables clients to obtain goods and services for construction work. This process should be fair, transparent, competitive, and cost-effective in order to deliver value for money. However, construction procurement processes are complex, time-consuming and sometimes lead to disputes with significant expenses...
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Purpose In recent years, there has been an increased focus on creating sustainable buildings that have a reduced carbon footprint. The primary method to achieve this has been through reducing operational carbon of buildings. However, as the industry aims to produce “carbon neutral” buildings with extremely low operational carbon through measures su...
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This study is aimed at evaluating the existing and emerging Offsite Construction (OSC) skills. Construction industry is inherently labour oriented, fashioning poor labour productivity, low sustainability, slow and costly processes. These shortcomings promote OSC alongside driving forces such as industrialisation, automation, and digitalisation. How...
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Purpose: Industry 4.0 is driving an incremental shift in paradigms for the construction industry. Current research in the built environment is limited to exploring the exponential technological prowess of Industry 4.0 with very little work on its implications to the construction business model, strategy, and competitive advantage. There arises a c...
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The concept of stress was not generally researched until the early 20th century. Early studies have led to further research being conducted to find out the effects of stress on a human being. Stress can have a large impact on a person’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. The construction industry is made up of a variety of different managem...
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Purpose Waste diversion rate (WDR) is a key indicator of effective waste management and circular economy. However, it has not yet been widely used in the construction and demolition waste (C&DW) sector. This study aims to promote the application of WDR as an effective measure for waste management through the investigation of the current status of C...
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Purpose Building information modeling (BIM) is vital in the performance improvement of contracting firms. Thus, there is a need to stimulate its implementation in the construction sector with a view to meeting the competitive demands of the industry. However, there have been very few studies on BIM implementation among contracting firms in Nigeria....
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Carbon emissions are categorised as Embodied Carbon (EC) occurring in the production phase and Operational Carbon (OC) occurring in the operational phase of buildings. The current focus on producing zero-carbon buildings, emphasises reducing OC and ignores the importance of reducing EC emissions. This study focuses on EC. Methods available in EC es...
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This article reports on the state of global surveying
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Purpose Cultural differences have been frequently cited as a major source of risks for international joint ventures (IJVs). Cultural differences may cause extensive conflicts in technology, norms and emotion among the international joint venture (IJV) partners. The purpose of this study is to explore the interactive effects of national culture diff...
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The dawn of the 21st century has seen the advent of many technologies targeting commercial and financial sectors. These include Big Data, Internet of Things and FinTechs such as blockchain. Blockchain is a type of a distributed database that is used to replicate, share, and synchronise data spread across different geographical locations such as mul...
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Mass connectivity brought about by the internet and large computational capacities are disrupting traditional jobs, businesses and industries in a manner that would have been unimaginable two decades ago. The largest accommodation provider, Airbnb, has not laid a single brick, and the most popular media owner, Facebook, creates no content. Even the...
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Purpose Although studies have shown the relevance of building information modeling (BIM) in cost estimating process, efforts at investigating BIM based detailed cost estimating among professional quantity surveyors through quantitative approach are scanty. The purpose of this study is to identify and examine the usage of BIM-based detailed cost est...
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In the construction industry, where there is a complex structure and fragmented supply chain, Building Information Modelling (BIM) has played a key role in enabling integrated practice as a vital collaborative information model. However, construction supply chain (CSC) data are mostly stored in a BIM model by one actor and that could lead to disput...
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Life cycle carbon emissions (LCO2), made up of operational and embodied carbon, have become a major metric of building environmental performance and energy efficiency. Whilst there are now standard methods for operational carbon assessment due to its significance in LCO2, there is still less emphasis on embodied carbon counting. However, the relati...
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In the 21st century, where smart and modern technologies are developed at an expeditious rate, construction industry has survived over centuries, despite its slow rate of technology adaptations, poor productivity, lower sustainability and vastly reported skill shortage. Technological advancement is the catalyst to solve these issues attaching extre...
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The construction industry will continue to be a key driver of economic growth for any country. It is one of the biggest industries in the world which contributes heavily to the economic development of a country. However, the productivity and the effectiveness of the industry have often been called into a question. Therefore, a number of different m...
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Concrete is one of the most used construction materials; however, it contributes to about 7% of all carbon emissions. Various supplementary cementitious materials such as flyash have been considered to enhance concrete performance. There is a limitation of studies that address the influence of fly-ash on carbon reduction in different grades of conc...
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Blockchain was introduced as the underlying technology to enable cryptocurrency transactions among untrusted parties. Today, its transformative potential is often compared to that of the World Wide Web, and both practitioners and researchers across all domains are exploring how to utilise blockchain technology to address long-standing problems arou...
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The construction industry is well recognised for the generation of a significant amount of waste which in turn has led the management of waste data as an important task of waste management. Waste data is essential not only for promoting effective waste management practices but also for the development and implementation of effective waste policies,...
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Building construction contributes up to 40-50% of the global carbon emissions while Australian building sector accounts for about 36% of the overall carbon emissions. Thus, building industry is the key control point to create a low carbon economy thus ensuring a sustainable environment. Lifecycle carbon consists of Operational Carbon (OC) and Embod...
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The inability of organisations to adequately assess climate risk, understand and execute necessary actions contribute significantly to the increase in economic loss from disasters. This is a threat to business resilience and sustainability of the society. Hence, resilience capabilities of organisations need to be improved, and there should be a way...
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The private sector partner is a key party to public-private partnership project, however very little research has been conducted to explore the private sector partners' perspective in PPP implementation. In this regard, this paper aims to compare the views of the private sector partner on procuring PPP projects in Ghana and Hong Kong. Semi-structur...
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The research examined the practice of estimating in PPP projects in these three countries and concluded that there are growing similarities in the perception of advantages, challenges and recommendations that make for the greater adoption of BIM-enabled estimating for PPP projects.
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The construction industry produces one of the most complex and substantially large structures such as buildings, bridges, dams and tunnels using lengthy, network structured and dynamic supply chains with multiple internal and external suppliers. Long and complex supply chains make it difficult to monitor compliance, provide ultimate assurance of th...