RICS hosts the annual COBRA conference, a key event for presenting and discussing the latest industry research.
The latest conference papers from COBRA are available below. All papers were subject to review at both the abstract and full paper stage, to ensure relevance, rigour and topicality.
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28 Apr 2018
The world is currently experiencing a proliferation of automated technologies in all areas of modern life. The general press widely reports on the rising use of ‘drones ‘and the emergence of automated cars on our roads. Similarly, sensational stories associated with drones and automated cars regularly make the news.
This paper examines portfolio risk management techniques and tools, commonly used in equity and bond portfolios to: measure, manage and mitigate property market risk / “beta”. The techniques used to measure and manage property market risk uses annual historical capital value returns of UK indices (Peter Scott’s data from 1920 and MSCI-IPD data from 1972).
Financial management (FM) of general contractors (GCs) occurs at both project and organisation level. This study was conducted among GCs to: investigate the financial practices of GCs; determine what causes poor profitability, cash flow problems, difficulty in securing work, insolvency, and financial failure.
This paper operationalises the Bellagio STAMP using the BREEAM Communities; LEED ND V4; PCRS; and the Green Star Communities. This is with the aim of arguing for a consensus approach to Sustainability Assessment at the neighbourhood level. Coupled with this, is to critically review if these selected assessment frameworks could lead to more sustainable neighbourhoods as envisaged.
There is an increasing body of research which identifies the need for flood risk mitigation advice and the potential for building professionals such as surveyors to be involved. This research explored the potential for surveyors to play a greater role in advising on at-risk commercial properties to better manage risk within the commercial property sector.
International Construction Joint Ventures (ICJVs) have become of significant interest as the global construction market continues to be integrated into the more competitive business environment. The aim of this paper is to uncover the knowledge transfer practices in an ICJV using Social Network Analysis (SNA). The case presented here is the pilot study.
This research investigates the roles of employers in the quantity surveyors’ motivation towards improvement of job performance in Malaysian construction industry. The subject of employees’ motivation is important as it is the key to high performance, especially in the construction industry, since the industry is related to human management.
This research considers the importance of trust between different project actors and the chances of project success within a single large public sector client organisation. The nature and role of both trust and project success through a review of management and project management literature, focusing on projects in the construction industry, is investigated.
The market demands from the UK Government on the construction sector increased during rearmament and the early years of the Second World War. The main contractors diversified into this market, then diversified their workload in the market and through geographical coverage across the regions.
The coordination of Health and Safety (H&S) during the design/pre-construction phase is often perceived as significantly important because of the ability to influence a reduction in the possibility of accidents and injuries. In the UK construction industry, the construction design and management (CDM) regulations are best placed to achieve this vision. Most importantly, the role of the Principal Designer (PD) is crucial, given their pre-construction phase responsibilities. This study critically evaluates the duties placed on PDs and examine the extent to which implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM)-enabled H&S coordination enhances the discharge of duties performed by PDs.
International construction projects are important for contractors. Especially large contractors have expanded their businesses into global markets to seek new opportunities. Based on characteristics of projects, business continuity is essential for contractors’ long-term development strategy. This study builds a new method to measure the business continuity of international construction in order to analyse the continuity level of different contractors in different regional markets.
This paper investigates the effectiveness of local budget planning and management for the provision of adaptations. It examines the extent to which local authorities have sought to implement the ambitions of national policies and strategies in this regard.
District Heating is highly prominent in its potential to provide low carbon heating supply to UK residential buildings. This has provided the impetus to further investigate the practicalities of implementing District Heating on UK residential schemes. This research sought to review industry opinion and identify the prevalent challenges affecting the implementation of District Heating and how these can be overcome.
Urban construction projects are renowned for their dynamic complexities, which can adversely affect the external stakeholders surrounding the project. Complex collaboration and communication amongst stakeholders has resulted in the fast development of ICT in the construction industry, which tends to lag behind other industries considering technological advancements. Therefore, this paper aims to identify and document methods of ICT and emerging technologies used in the management and engagement of external stakeholders on urban construction projects.
Greater understanding and implementation of Supply Chain Management (SCM) practices may help construction firms to survive and remain competitive. However, there is little evidence that SCM practices are utilised in construction firms, particularly subcontractors. This research study examines the SCM practices implemented by UK construction subcontractors and tests the proposition that firms with higher SCM maturity levels experience superior firm performance.
25 Apr 2018
Postmasburg is a rural small mining town in South Africa that has seen recent expansion in its population. To plan and provide services for these expanding mining operations, a tripartite entity was formed between the local government (municipality) and two mining companies. This paper assesses the success of the tripartite entity against the background of a hybrid approach of governance.
20 Sep 2016
This paper examines the key to successful management of construction alliances.
This paper outlines the process undertaken, identify challenges posed by working on line in virtual teams with two different cultural and educational environments, and will make recommendations relating to how on-line international projects can be embedded into different curricula.
The paper aims to review and reflect how the key sustainability aspects are achieved through BIM in AECO industries.
The paper aims to capture the perspectives of key decision makers in BIM implementation for FM in Australia and Singapore.
This paper develops a strategic model to assist with the identification and management of risks associated with business development and innovation within construction organisations.
This paper assessed the impact of project delivery methods used by railroad organizations to perform highway-rail intersection projects with similar scope in New York State.
This research sets out to critically review the role of standard forms of contract, and in particular to compare FIDIC with NEC, as they are among the most popular contracts in the world.
This paper provides a conceptual framework to enhance productivity, where international professionals and contractors are involved in construction projects.
This paper uses the asset value enhancement model to look at strategic partnering in construction.
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