Professor Colin Duffield

  • Room: Level: 02 Room: D212
  • Building: Engineering Block D
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Infrastructure Procurement (Private financing)
  • Risk Management and Procurement (Contracts, delivery systems)
  • Structural Dynamics (High Rise, domestic)


Colin is Professor of Engineering Project Management and Civil Engineering Discipline Leader in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, at The University of Melbourne. He is also a Board member of Infrastructure Australia and a Fellow of the Law School (where he delivers a master level unit in infrastructure procurement). He is a recognised international thought leader in the efficient procurement of public infrastructure and the incorporation of private finance as a mechanism for achieving value for money outcomes.

Colin has extensive experience in the governance of long term contracts and the interaction between policy, technical matters, risk management, financing and contractual arrangements. This expertise has been gained through: an involvement in infrastructure delivery for public and private clients (both as a practitioner and researcher); work on policy via secondment to Treasury and Finance, Victoria; as an adviser to projects on risk and project structuring; as an expert witness; and as an independent reviewer and researcher of major engineering contracts.

Colin’s research has been widely cited in Australia and Internationally by industry, government and peak independent commentators.

Recent publications

  1. Sofi, M.; Oktavianus, Y.; Lumantarna, E.; Rajabifard, A.; Duffield, C.; Mendis, P. Condition assessment of concrete by hybrid non-destructive tests. Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring. SPRINGER HEIDELBERG. 2019, Vol. 9, Issue 3, pp. 339-351. DOI: 10.1007/s13349-019-00336-9
  2. Hui, FKP.; Aye, L.; Duffield, CE. Engaging Employees with Good Sustainability: Key Performance Indicators for Dry Ports. Sustainability. MDPI. 2019, Vol. 11, Issue 10. DOI: 10.3390/su11102967
  3. Amirsardari, A.; Sofi, M.; Lumantarna, E.; Imran, I.; Duffield, C. Impact of Earthquakes on the Transportation Infrastructure of Indonesia: A Preliminary Study. Civil Engineering Dimension. The Institute of Research & Community Outreach, Petra Christian University. 2019, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 19-28. DOI: 10.9744/ced.21.1.19-28
  4. Currie, G.; Evans, R.; Duffield, C.; Mareels, I. Policy Options to Regulate PV in Low Voltage Grids-Australian Case with International Implications. Technology and Economics of Smart Grids and Sustainable Energy. Springer Nature. 2019, Vol. 4, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1007/s40866-019-0066-0
  5. Kuiper, I.; Duffield, C. Profiling Australian Building Information Modelling (BIM) and policy perspectives for public procurement of infrastructure projects. . Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne. 2019, pp. 1-75.
  6. Shen, W.; Tang, W.; Siripanan, A.; Lei, Z.; Duffield, C.; Hui, K. Understanding the Green Building Industry in Thailand. . Springer. 2019, pp. 161-180. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-24650-1_9
  7. Wang, S.; Shen, W.; Tang, W.; Wang, Y.; Duffield, CF.; Hui, FKP. Understanding the social network of stakeholders in hydropower project development: An owners' view. Renewable Energy. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2019, Vol. 132, pp. 326-334. DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2018.07.137
  8. Hui, K.; Zarei, H.; Duffield, C. Visual Tools for Analyzing and Organizing Engineering Data and Information. . IGI Global. 2019.
  9. Wu, S.; Huang, S.; Wei, Y.; Duffield, C.; Tang, W.; Zhao, Y.; Zheng, H. A longitudinal analysis on the perspectives of major world newspapers on the Three Gorges Dam project during 1982-2015. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply. IWA PUBLISHING. 2018, Vol. 18, Issue 1, pp. 94-107. DOI: 10.2166/ws.2017.088
  10. Saeed, AM.; Duffield, C.; Hui, FKP. An enhanced framework for assessing the operational performance of public-private partnership school projects. Built Environment Project and Asset Management. EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD. 2018, Vol. 8, Issue 2, pp. 194-214. DOI: 10.1108/BEPAM-07-2017-0041
  11. Hui, K.; Duffield, C.; Wahyuni, S.; Parikesit, D.; Wilson, S. Collaborative international industry-university research training in infrastructure projects: An Australian-Indonesian case study.. . Curtin University of Technology. 2018, pp. 48-48.
  12. Pelham, N.; Duffield, C. Decision making at the mega project boardroom. . EPOC. 2018, pp. 950-974.
  13. Kuiper, I.; Duffield, C. Describing proposed elements of and considerations for public procurement to frame research into building information modelling (BIM) and infrastructure projects. . Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne. 2018, pp. 1-60.
  14. Kuiper, I.; Duffield, C. Describing structural configurations towards identifying and establishing theoretical foundations for the exploration and understanding of building information modelling (BIM). . Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne. 2018, pp. 1-33.
  15. Sofi, M.; Lumantarna, E.; Zhong, A.; Mendis, PA.; Duffield, C.; Barnes, R. Determining dynamic characteristics of high rise buildings using interferometric radar system. Engineering Structures. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2018, Vol. 164, pp. 230-242. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.02.084
  16. Maizuar, M.; Lumantarna, E.; Sofi, M.; Oktavianus, Y.; Zhang, L.; Duffield, C.; Mendis, P.; Widyastuti, H. Dynamic Behavior of Indonesian Bridges using Interferometric Radar Technology. Electronic Journal of Structural Engineering. EJSE INT LTD. 2018, Vol. 18, Issue 1, pp. 23-29.
  17. Duffield, C.; Hui, K.; Wilson, S.; Wisesa, H.; Wahyuni, S.; Taufik, A.; Prijadi, R.; Daghlas, H. Efficient Facilitation of Major Infrastructure Projects. . Australia-Indonesia Centre. 2018, pp. 17-17. DOI: 10.4225/03/5b0cf3ab65a48
  18. Kuiper, I.; Duffield, C. Exploration and summary of adopted definitions and descriptions of framework components for building information modelling (BIM) framework review. . Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne. 2018, pp. 1-29.
  19. Miramini, S.; Sofi, M.; Aseem, A.; Baluwala, A.; Zhang, L.; Mendis, P.; Duffield, C. Health Assessment of a Pedestrian Bridge Deck using Ground Penetrating Radar. Electronic Journal of Structural Engineering. EJSE INT LTD. 2018, Vol. 18, Issue 1, pp. 30-37.
  20. Tuan, N.; Susiswo, HS.; Duffield, C.; Mendis, P.; Ghazlan, A. Identification of the risk of blast-induced glass window failure in a complex environment. International Journal of Protective Structures. SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD. 2018, Vol. 9, Issue 1, pp. 99-117. DOI: 10.1177/2041419617748659

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